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About Jobs for NSW

We’re for business and job growth

Jobs for NSW provides financial support to startups and emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to scale and grow new jobs in NSW.

With a $190 million fund to invest over four years, we offer a suite of financial products including grants, loans and loan guarantees to support industries and entrepreneurial businesses that generate sustainable jobs across the state.

The Sydney Startup Hub

Located at 11-31 York Street in Sydney’s CBD, the Sydney Startup Hub will bring together leading incubators and accelerators in a high-density startup cluster. With more than 17,000sqm of space it will accommodate 2,500 people over 11 floors.

We have three main objectives for the Sydney Startup Hub:

  1. create jobs
  2. increase the diversity of the NSW startup community, with more startups from regional NSW and non-ICT industries
  3. grow the size and strength of the Sydney ecosystem.

Jobs for the Future report

The Jobs for NSW strategy is shaped by the 2016 Jobs for the Future report, which articulates key long-term priorities for job creation over the next 20 years, and an immediate agenda for action through to 2020.

Growing the industries of the future

We’re all about fostering and supporting the potential to grow and generate new jobs across the state. That’s why we focus on building up industries and sectors with a competitive edge that can really generate sustainable employment into the future.

Our target industries include:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • creative industries
  • digital innovation
  • environmental technologies
  • financial and professional services
  • food and quality goods to Asia
  • infrastructure and smart cities
  • international education
  • life sciences
  • regional HQs
  • tourism

Meet the Jobs for NSW Board

Overseen by a board that consists of some of Australia’s best business and entrepreneurial minds in Australia, Jobs for NSW represents a significant shift in thinking and an innovative new approach to job creation in NSW.

David Thodey

David Thodey

Chairman

As Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra, Mr Thodey was responsible for the company's corporate, government and large business customers. He plays a significant leadership role in the Australian business community, particularly with the B20 – the business advisory forum of the G20. He is the current Chair of the CSIRO, Australia’s national scientific research organisation.

Karen Borg

Karen Borg

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Borg is a senior executive specialising in international business development. Her leadership experience in underpinned by many years creating and implementing strategies that have driven growth and market share in emerging and mature markets. In her previous role, Ms Borg was the President of ResMed for the Asia Pacific and Middle East. She has held senior positions in business operating across the UK, Asia, and the USA.

Jane Cay

Jane Cay

Board Member

Ms Cay is the founder of successful Australian online retailer Birdsnest. She has won accolades for her entrepreneurial skills and business that employs over 100 locals in regional Cooma. In 2013 she became a founding board member of the National Online Retailers Association.

Chris Dunn

Craig Dunn

Board Member

Drawing on 20 years of experience in finance strategy, mergers and acquisitions at AMP and Colonial in Australia, and KPMG in Europe and Asia, Mr Dunn is the recently appointed chair of Stone and Chalk, Sydney’s new Fintech hub, and the Australian Government’s Fintech Advisory Group.

Chris Roberts

Dr Chris Roberts

Board Member

Dr Roberts has 40 years experience in international medical device businesses, including as CEO/President of Cochlear Limited from 2004 to 2015. He is currently a director of ResMed Inc, and is a PLuS Alliance Professor at UNSW, Kings College London and Arizona State University.

Helen Zimmerman

Helen Zimmerman

Board Member

Ms Zimmerman has extensive experience in the education sector with senior roles at the ACL Group and as President of the International Education Association of Australia. She is currently the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Navitas Ltd, and chairs the Advisory Group of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Business and Community Network Board.

Blair Comley

Blair Comley PSM

Board Member

Mr Comley is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the state’s senior public servant. Currently on the Board of Infrastructure Australia, he has held a range of senior positions in the Treasury and more recently was Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Board Member

As Secretary of the Department of Industry, Mr Smith is a trained economist who has worked in the NSW public sector since 1994, with a focus on the nexus between the economy and the environment. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Office of Finance and Services and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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