The Shoalhaven is the perfect location to establish and grow your defence business.

Key advantages include:

  • The Shoalhaven is Australia’s centre for naval aviation
  • Strategically located between Sydney and Canberra
  • Supportive business environment
  • Competitive business costs
  • Dedicated technology park next to HMAS Albatross with direct access to the base and runways
  • Major centre for training Navy and Army helicopter crews
  • $500 million upgrades to HMAS Albatross  since 2000
  • Skilled, stable workforce of over 600 locals working in defence-related industries
  • University of Wollongong and TAFE NSW provide strong links between local high schools and industry
  • Attractive, affordable coastal or rural lifestyle with lower house prices than metro locations

Helping Defence businesses for over 10 years

The Illawarra and Shoalhaven Defence Network is an alliance between the local defence industry, Shoalhaven City Council, the NSW Government and the Shoalhaven Business Chamber.

  • We have a decade of experience assisting the local defence industry
  • We advocate on behalf of industry to all levels of government
  • We promote local industry capabilities at key industry briefings and trade shows
  • We facilitate assistance from local, state and federal governments

5 ways Illawarra and Shoalhaven Defence Network will help your business thrive


Local introductions


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Decision support material


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Advice on government regulations, policies and incentives.

How the NSW Government can help you

Start here. Go further. Invest Regional NSW.

Regional NSW is an established choice for investors. We can help with tailor-made investment facilitation and information services. For example, we can help eligible businesses attract the best talent by offering relocation assistance for qualified workers, including relocation grants of up to $10,000 for each worker. Some businesses may also qualify for direct grants. NSW is committed to creating the conditions for sustainable, technologically-advanced and globally-competitive defence industries.

For more information visit www.investregional.nsw.gov.au/

We can help you establish your defence business in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region

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