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Block chain and web3

Blockchain and web3 are emerging technologies within the Australian ecosystem, rich in digital assets and infrastructure.

Australia is home to the CSIRO’s Data61, a world leading blockchain research organisation which has authored 5 of the 30 most-cited blockchain research papers globally.

New South Wales (NSW) hosts half of Australia’s blockchain businesses, with the local cluster of businesses working on blockchain products and services, of similar magnitude to the Greater Seattle or Boston areas.

Our State is also home to Immutable, Australia’s only blockchain unicorn and the fastest Australian company to reach unicorn status.

NSW also has the largest technology workforce in all of Australia, and NSW’s top universities are developing strong talent to support this growing industry through their latest blockchain research offerings.

Key facts


NSW is home to 50% of Australian blockchain businesses, including Australia’s only unicorn, Immutable


of Australia’s software developers and application programmers are based in NSW

The NSW public service is trialling blockchain licences and land registries.

NSW's top universities have substantial offerings in blockchain courses (University of NSW, University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney)

Supporting your move to New South Wales

Investment NSW can connect you with a range of services and incentives available to businesses looking to grow.

Grants, rebates, programs and incentives

Investment NSW offers bespoke services to businesses looking to build a presence within NSW.

The team at Investment NSW provides tailored advice on grants, rebates, programs and other incentives your business may be eligible for.

Site identification and development

Whether you need a high-tech lab, an advanced manufacturing facility connected to a university or a greenfield site in regional NSW, we can assist.

We can work with you to establish a presence in a precinct or collaboration area suited to your needs.

In collaboration with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, we provide services to help you find the right accommodation:

  • determining the type of accommodation to best meet your businesses requirements
  • advice and support regarding opportunities available on Government land (both long and short term)
  • support navigating the planning process.
Market insights

We can provide tailored information and data, including local market insights, on our priority sectors.

Connections and introductions

We can introduce you to stakeholders who can support your growth objectives. This may include connecting you to:

  • corporate partners
  • business chambers
  • industry associations
  • technology precincts
  • research institutes
  • government agencies.
Asia-Pacific growth advice

Once you have established here, a wide range of services and programs are available to use NSW as a springboard into Asia. We can help you identify opportunities to expand in the region.

Visa and Skilled Migration support

Our Business & Skilled Migration Program is highly supportive of NSW’s growing tech industries and precincts. The program attracts new and emerging digital technology capabilities and skills, provides visa and migration advice to businesses, and nominates high potential migration candidates to live and work in NSW.

These initiatives have spurred the growth of digital technology businesses across the state and are available to all organisations considering investment opportunities in NSW.

Contact us

Contact Investment NSW today to find out more about investment opportunities in New South Wales. 

Last updated 3 April, 2023