The Illawarra and its sub-regions, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee, contribute considerable resources to the national economy.
The region is a leading grain and coal exporter and home to the largest integrated steel plant in the Southern Hemisphere.
A national centre for metal fabrication and engineering has also emerged as a centre of excellence in advanced technology research and development.
The region has a population of more than 400,000 and a labour force in excess of 170,000
people: the region’s stunning physical beauty makes it an ideal place to combine business with a great lifestyle.
Livestock, wood and maritime enterprises comprise a big part of the region and Wollongong has an internationally recognised university.
The natural attractions of the region are well supplemented by tourism services and facilities including a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and conference facilities.