Economic and workforce profile

Wollongong is the regional capital of the Illawarra and its central business district is within a one-hour commute of 500,000 working adults.

Wollongong Investment Prospectus

Wollongong is a thriving economic hub where serious growth is happening–right here, right now.

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Economic indicators

Wollongong has attracted $1.9 billion in investment into its city centre in the last decade, with a pipeline of $1 billion.

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Talent pool

Analysis by COPC Inc. found that more than 700,000 working adults live withing a one hour commute of Wollongong CBD. This represents a talented pool of potential employees for any new business looking to establish or relocate to Wollongong.

The city is home to the highly-regarded University of Wollongong, which graduates over 7,500 people each year. Its Wollongong campus hosts around 24,000 students.

Wollongong is also a thriving regional CBD of a large and growing population from other local government areas including Shellharbour, Wollondilly and Sutherland.

More than half (60%) of the total value of economic activity (as measured by Gross Regional Product) in the Illawarra occurs within the Wollongong LGA.

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