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NSW as a destination to work, play and invest

NSW has Australia’s largest, most diverse economy.

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It is the home to 8 million people, a strong and stable economy with a AAA credit rating and is projected to become Australia’s first trillion-dollar state by 2030.

When you invest in Regional NSW, you are investing in the future of NSW, a state full of opportunity and abundant minerals resources.

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Mineral wealth

The NSW Government’s Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) group is committed to NSW being the preferred destination for safe and sustainable exploration and mining investment.

NSW has a proud history of mining stretching more than 200 years. Today, it is home to world-class mines and deposits, with further significant mineral potential undeveloped across the state.

With rich deposits of copper, rare earth elements, cobalt and other critical minerals, and high-tech metals, we are well positioned to develop these resources and meet increasing demand for current and future technologies such as electric vehicles, solar technologies, defence and aerospace, wind turbines, electronics and medical applications.

MEG provides a range of support and incentives to businesses looking to invest, from assistance for new mining projects progressing through development approvals, to funding grants to support exploration and mining project development.

Our industry is world-class, boasting international expertise, a highly skilled workforce and regulations that ensure mines in NSW operate in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

Our mission is to provide certainty to industry and local communities about the future of mining in NSW and support industry to understand and fulfil its obligations.

Our approach to resources, policy and operations has bolstered industry confidence, and we have seen a significant increase in applications for exploration licences.

What you can expect from MEG:

  • We provide quality geoscientific information and advice to assist with decision making and support investment.
  • We approach our title assessments with service delivery in mind.
  • We identify and implement reforms to legislation and policy to provide certainty to industry and the community.
  • We efficiently regulate resource extraction to support safe and sustainable operations.

Read our Online Mineral Prospectus (PDF, 9.03 MB) for potential mineral investors, or visit our Industry support page for more information.