Education is a key sector in the Northern Rivers region. It is fundamental to innovation and knowledge diffusion. As a global growth industry it provides a link into global chains through foreign students and research specialties.


The Northern Rivers has a wide range of educational institutions. These include 52 High Schools, 176 Primary Schools, 9 campuses of the North Coast Institute of TAFE and 2 Campuses of the Southern Cross University, (with it’s primary base in Lismore and a further site at Coffs Harbour). This wide range of facilities is extended by the up to 30 cultural educational organisations in the region that provide specialist training in the arts, crafts, theatre and film. The region has over 50,000 students enrolled in the diverse range of institutions. Students come from across the country to study at the many centres of excellence that are available in the region.

Some of the region’s educational institutions are becoming more commercially orientated, pursuing a range of business partnerships, raising important funds for projects and staff that would not otherwise be available.

These institutions include:

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