The Shoalhaven (map) is based in a coastal regional setting to the south of Sydney and comprises of 49 towns and villages each having lifestyle differences that give the area its unique character.

The Shoalhaven has a mature but growing economic base. With broad diversity in many value adding sectors such as aircraft maintenance and overhaul, general manufacturing and logistics, the economic base is supported by domestic and international trade. Government administration and services are strong as is education, health and the construction industry. Many localities are also highly oriented to tourism and retail.

Population growth, based on in-migration from metropolitan areas, continues to grow the labour force and provide extension to existing and new businesses. A skilled workforce supports the business base and utilises the resources of local training facilities of the University of Wollongong and TAFE NSW.

Shoalhaven City Council has an active Economic Development Office, working at the strategic and operational level to grow the economy and encourage expansion and diversification across all sectors. This website contains economic and demographic information for Shoalhaven, for more information please contact the Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Office.