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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


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.

Geoff White, Acting CEO

Geoff White

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Geoff White is the Acting CEO of Jobs for NSW. An experienced senior leader with an international career spanning the retail and business-to-business sectors, Geoff White joined Jobs for NSW in 2015 as Director - Operations. Prior to this Geoff held a series of senior executive roles at companies including Staples Australia, Coles and Rothschild Asset Management.

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.

Tim Reardon

Tim Reardon

Board Member

Mr Reardon is the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the state’s senior public servant. With over 27 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, he is responsible for leading the public service in NSW and driving services, infrastructure and reform priorities. Previously, Mr Reardon was the Secretary, Transport where he successfully led the Transport Cluster and its 25,000 people on behalf of the NSW community.

Simon Draper

Simon Draper

Board Member

Mr Draper is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry and has extensive senior executive experience across the private sector in energy and infrastructure fields, combined with senior public policy experience. Previously, Mr Draper was the Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy Group, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet and also held roles as the Managing Director of Lumo Energy and CEO of Wellington Airport in New Zealand.

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