Illawarra First is the peak leadership forum in our region, championing the interests of the Illawarra economy to unlock the region’s enormous potential and comprising the heads of its leading organisations as part of a dialogue that incorporates senior decision makers from across government and the private sector.
We work to stimulate our region’s growth with a strong united voice, based on a foundation of solid evidence and first-class thought leadership to progress key priorities including improving connectivity with Sydney, realising greater value from existing strategic infrastructure and leveraging competitive advantages to bolster economic growth.
Illawarra First membership is by invitation only and membership fees are reinvested into the development of further initiatives based on the interests of members and the region.
Our members are deeply involved in our policy development and have the opportunity to influence our research priorities and inform our advocacy efforts to government and key stakeholders.
Through a close engagement with all levels of government and leaders in business, Illawarra First presents a united and sophisticated voice for the region with a clear emphasis on outcomes.
Effective public policy must be evidence based, and so a fund comprising $1 million has been established to support Illawarra First’s thought leadership and advocacy work. The fund is being used to advance research and advocacy projects of region-wide economic significance and influence the reputation of the Illawarra for the better.
Illawarra First members comprise a select group of leading businesses in the Illawarra, sharing a commitment to driving the development and prosperity of the region.
Membership affords access to senior politicians, public servants and business leaders through CEO roundtables and executive forums, which provide a platform for the business leadership group to shape government thinking and policy development.
Members are entitled to a range of benefits including:
Kollaras & Co
Port Authority of New South Wales
Shellharbour City Councl
South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal
Squadron Energy (A.I.E)
St George Illawarra Dragons
The Disability Trust
University of Wollongong
Wollongong City Council