MNC Industries

Education and Training

The education and training industry has emerged as a powerhouse of regional employment and skills growth, making it a key industry to watch. Currently 9.6% of the region’s workforce is employed in education and training.

Education and training plays a crucial role in enlarging the pool of skilled workers throughout the region. It addresses skills needs in other growth industries and helps to retain our young people by providing viable pathways to employment.

Education and training is a key growth industry for the region with value added (or gross profit) growing at 16% p.a. This growth has been partly fuelled by sustained investment.

For parents, the Mid North Coast offers a wide choice of schools with many options for public and private schooling to choose from. Our region also plays host to a number of world class universities, TAFE campuses and trade training centres.

In the last 10 years more than $85 million has been invested in tertiary education facilities throughout the region, including $46 million towards the first stage of a new Charles Sturt University Campus in Port Macquarie which opened in 2017 and $49 million for stage two of the development. By 2030 this campus will play host to as many as 5,000 students.

Some of our largest tertiary institutions are also attracting international students to the area. In 2016, Southern Cross University International was ranked second in Australia for support to international students by the International Student Barometer.

Key Points

  • $85 investment in tertiary facilities.
  • Value added growing at 16% p.a.
  • 9.6% of region’s jobs.

Tertiary Education Institutions

Charles Sturt University
T: 1800 334 733

North Coast TAFE
T: 1300 628 233

Rural Clinical School (UNSW)
T: 02 5524 1523

Southern Cross University
T: 1800 626 481

University of Newcastle
T: 1300 275 866

University of New England
T: 1800 818 865

Health Care

“Healthy” is the word to describe the health care sector on the Mid North Coast, generating $1.3 billion in annual revenue and growing at 26% p.a.

The flow-on effects from the health care industry are significant: for every $1m in increased revenue in health care, $1.92m flows into the regional economy.

Health care is also one of the region’s most important employers, accounting for one in every ten jobs. These job numbers are growing steadily at 6% p.a. In recent years, public investment has been pouring into this sector. Since 2010, more than $200 million has been invested across the region in public hospital infrastructure. A number of privately owned health “Super Clinics” were also built during this period.

The rapid growth of the industry has created an unprecedented demand for health care related skills, particularly in allied health services and specialist nursing. This presents wide ranging opportunities for health care professionals and businesses thinking of relocating to the Mid North Coast.

Training in health care is also on the rise. From 2017, the University of NSW began offering the first full medical degree in a regional or rural location through its Rural Clinical School located in Port Macquarie.

Key Points

  • Industry revenue growing at 26% p.a.
  • Around $200 million in recent public investment. 
  • 10% of region’s jobs.

Aged Care and Social Assistance

Like many of Australia’s key lifestyle regions, a growing proportion of the Mid North Coast population is of
a mature age. One industry that is thriving on this demographic shift is aged care.

This booming regional industry is currently experiencing unprecedented growth. Value added (or gross profit) is growing at an astonishing 19.3% per annum.

For every $1m in increased revenue in aged care and social assistance, $1.96m flows into the regional economy.

Job numbers are also growing consistently comprising 8.6% of the region’s workforce. This figure is made more significant when you consider that for every 2 jobs created in aged care and social assistance, a third job is spawned in other local industries.

Child care is another growth area, catering to increasing numbers of young children in recent years. At last count there were 1,154 child care workers in the region accounting for one in seven workers of the total industry workforce.

Key Points

  • Value added growing at 19.3% p.a.
  • 8.6% of region’s jobs.
  • Job numbers growing at 18.9% p.a.

Food Growers and Producers

Food growers and producers on the Mid North Coast generate a total revenue of $2.78 billion a year. This represents 9.9% of the total revenue for our regional economy. The industry also employs over 6,400 people.

Food and beverage manufacturing alone accounts for 3.8% of the region’s total revenue ($1.07 billion). Add in the agriculture and fishing sector, of a comparable size, and the value of our food industry is enormous.

The region’s mild climate and high rainfall provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of horticulture and livestock. Its seaside location and healthy river systems also present a perfect nursery for our aquaculture industry.

There is a strong presence of agricultural co-operatives throughout the region creating significant market opportunities. Specialised producer co-operatives operate within many of our largest export industries including dairy, blueberries and macadamias.

Looking to the future, growth potential has also been identified in intensive horticulture, aquaculture and value adding. Organic production is another growth area. Although currently representing less than 2% of total production, nationally, the organic industry is growing at over 15% p.a.

Another exciting market opportunity for our food producers is in exports, particularly to the Asian markets. Currently, 20.8% of all regional exports are from the food sectors, totalling $1.29  billion a year. This makes the food industry our third highest exporting industry and food exports have been growing at 4.1% p.a.

Key Points

  • Third largest export industry
  • Strong presence of food-related co-operatives.

Manufacturing (non-food)

The industry primarily consists of metal, transport and sawmill manufacturing and is characterised by a highly educated workforce with more than half of its workers holding tertiary quali cations.

Manufacturing is also the Mid North Coast’s highest revenue industry, contributing 6.9% of the region’s total revenue or $1.9 billion per annum.

Over the past decade the industry has been undergoing a steady transformation towards more sophisticated manufacturing of specialised, high value products. This momentum has helped many of our regional manufacturers to compete with success against national and even global competitors.

The manufacturing industry is a major contributor to other regional industries, spending $461m on purchases of intermediate goods and services from other industries each year. These flow on effects show why manufacturing is also extremely valuable to local employment.

New manufacturing industry hubs are now popping up right across the region, with many located adjacent to the Pacific Highway. If your business needs affordable industrial land coupled with affordable housing and convenient access to transport, then look no further!

Key Points

  • 9.6% of regional exports.
  • 6.9% of region’s revenue


The construction industry produces 17.6% of the region’s total revenue. Fuelled by sustained investment at the public and private level the industry contributes 11% of total value-added for the Mid North Coast.

The flow on effects from the construction industry are immense. 28.2% of all local expenditure ($2.51 billion) is attributed to construction, the highest of any industry.

When you consider that major construction projects in the region currently total around $4 billion, there are clear opportunities for many other industries to benefit.

Residential building is another area of growth and there are employment opportunities across the full range of trades. 1,500 construction certificates were issued across the region in 2014, a 12% increase on the previous year.

Key Points

  • Around $4 billion in infrastructure upgrades
  • Value added growth of 11% p.a.


The Mid North Coast sustains a large and diverse range of retail businesses catering to every need. Our retail industry is experiencing steady growth in value added of 6.4% p.a. across the region.

With a steadily growing population and some of the highest visitation rates in Australia, retail has become a keystone industry for the Mid North Coast.

The industry is a vitally important employer, comprising 12.6% of the total workforce, or one in every seven jobs. As you would expect, part time and casual work is common in this industry, with 39.7% of people working less than 25 hours per week.

Many regional centres are currently undertaking significant upgrades and improvements to their retail precincts to support the growth of this industry.

Key Points

  • Major regional employer
  • Value added growth of 6.4% p.a.
  • Significant upgrades to retail precincts

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