Coffs Harbour has a diversified economy based on the traditional sectors of Health Care and Social Services, Education and Training, Manufacturing, Tourism, Retail and Agriculture. We are also starting to have a foothold in the emerging markets of renewable energy, aviation services and digital businesses.
Coffs Harbour’s employment and business market has been gathering momentum steadily since the global financial crisis – a trend that’s set to continue. There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as healthcare, medicine, allied health, engineering and IT. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.
With the arrival of superfast broadband, Coffs Harbour is the perfect place to establish, relocate or grow your digital business. Coffs Harbour City Council is the first area on the NSW North Coast to access the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Homes and businesses in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell can now access superfast broadband internet. To find out if your prospective home or business premise is connected to fast broadband visit the NBN Co website. Many outlying areas from Fernmount to Red Rock are able to connect to Fixed Wireless broadband via the NBN. To find out if your prospective home or business premise is connected to fast broadband visit the NBN Co website.
Founders of digital start up Social Ally, Justin and Samantha Clarke, relocated their business from Sydney to Coffs Harbour in 2014. In doing so, they’re breaking down the traditional perceptions that digital agencies need to locate themselves in a major metropolitan area to be successful.
“It’s deﬁnitely not the case anymore that you need to run a digital agency from the city,” Samantha said. “There’s great infrastructure, such as the National Broadband Network, available for technology-based startups in regional NSW.”
Justin and Samantha see a strong future ahead for their business. “Where we would have an expanding office of regional employees that have the ideal work/life balance. The future is quite exciting for us as business owners,” Justin said. See their story here.
Health Care and Social assistance is a growth industry, contributing $430 million contribution to Coffs Harbour Gross Regional Product annually. This sector has seen consistent growth and shows no signs of slowing down. It is the largest contributor to GRP as well as the largest industry sector based on number of employees. There are a variety of employment opportunities available in the growing health sector on the Coffs Coast. Meet Dr Ward who travelled the world in search of the best place to live, work and play.
The Education and Training industry is also a thriving sector with the heart of it being the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. The campus facilities are shared by North Coast TAFE, Southern Cross University and a Senior College. We also have a multitude of Registered Training Organisations that cater to our local businesses growing needs for staff development.
Local businesses are also providing learning solutions for external clients. Janison provides solutions that deliver online learning for large corporates, governments and universities. This local business been building innovative online learning and assessment solutions, for global Corporate, Government and Education clients since 1998.
Coffs Harbour is one of NSW’s busiest regional passenger airports and related industries are expanding into new territory. In June 2015, less than two years after establishing its base at Coffs Harbour, Eagle Copters Australasia officially opened its new maintenance facility, expanding its operation to service increasing demand, from scheduled servicing to complete refurbishment including paint, customisation and complex avionics installations.
The Agrifood sector has come of age and has diversified from it’s beginnings as the banana capital. Our current largest crop is the blueberry industry. In 2015, a major new facility for the region’s numerous blueberry growers was developed. Oz Group Co-op Ltd spent approximately $12 million on a processing and distribution facility, including the building cost. The development is four times larger than the co-operative’s old facility in Woolgoolga and has created up to 120 full-time and casual positions. Chief executive Kamaldeep Singh Clair said the new site will facilitate production growth that is expected to increase by 20% a year.
With the blueberry industry going from strength to strength, opportunities to tap into other markets, such as new strains of raspberries are being researched. We have a strong local food movement with the Coffs Coast Growers Market being at the heart of this network of local growers, retailers and restaurateurs. We are indeed a coast of flavours with a range of job and business opportunities to match.
The Coffs Coast is also well placed to tap into the growth market of organic produce. The Organic Marketing Company is a farmer owned company based in the region. It has been established to empower farmers to balance their production, profit and organic systems by enhancing marketing opportunities. The company markets only certified organic and biodynamic products to markets domestically and internationally.
The Coffs Coast is the base for a small but niche group of manufacturing companies which are industry leaders in their respective fields. The sector is serviced by the Manufacture Coffs Coast industry network. The regions manufacturing sector boasts recognised industry leaders that employ highly skilled and dedicated people in a diverse range of product and service provision areas such as design, engineering, R & D, fabrication and quality assurance, competing domestically and internationally for business.