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Shoalhaven Industry Profile......

The Shoalhaven has a diverse range of industries and employment sectors. Major employers within the Shoalhaven include:

  • Department of Health

  • Department of Education

  • Department of Defence

  • Shoalhaven City Council

  • Serco Sodhexo

  • Woolworths supermarkets

  • Naval Aviation Systems Prog off

  • Australian Paper

  • The Manildra Group

  • Ramsey Group

  • Tyco Flow Controls

  • Hanlon Group

  • 2900 employees

  • 2000 employees

  • 1200 employees

  • 900 employees

  • 450 employees

  • 360 employees

  • 300 employees

  • 300 employees

  • 220 employees

  • 200 employees

  • 150 employees

  • 100 employees


With the more recent casualisation of the workforce, it is also useful to consider industry categories by the value of wages and salaries paid. Based on 2004 estimates, the top  sectors were:

  • Public Administration & Defence

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Health Care & Social Assistance

  • Education & Training

  • Retail Trade

  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

  • Accommodation & Food Services

  • $223 million

  • $176 million

  • $171 million

  • $169 million

  • $157 million

  • $141 million

  • $93 million


  •  $80 million


The Shoalhaven economy is characterized by a manufacturing sector with significant export markets. Proximity to Sydney has enticed a range of international companies to establish in the area, covering a diverse range of manufactured products, including foodstuffs, paper, automotive parts, chemicals, building products etc.

The defence industry is also quite significant in the area with two military bases, HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell, being located within the Shoalhaven area. The main military activity conducted in the area is rotary wing aviation for the Royal Australian Navy and this has attracted a range of defence contractors that provide logistics and maintenance support, as well as expertise in electronic warfare and systems integration software for military purposes.

A sophisticated range of professional services also exist in the area, including accounting, engineering, law, environmental planning, human resources and the like.


Copyright 2002 Shoalhaven City Council - Last updated: Tuesday, 30 March 2010