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The Port Stephens local government area (LGA) is the traditional land of the Worimi nation. Council values the unique status of Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of lands and waters, including those of the Port Stephens LGA.

Port Stephens was named for Sir Philip Stephens, First Secretary of the Admiralty in the late 1700s and later a Lord Commissioner of the British Admiralty between 1795 and 1806.

City Area 85,847.3 Ha or nearly 1,000 square kilometres
Population71,406 people (ERP, March 2017)
Projected Population92,800 by 2036 (NSW Department of Planning and Environment, 2016)
Major Population CentresRaymond Terrace (12,815), Medowie (9,563), Nelson Bay (5,819)  (ABS, 2016)
Employment27,346 (ABS 2016)
Unemployment Rate
  • Nelson Bay 4.1% (SALM, March Quarter, 2018)
  • Raymond Terrace 8.5%
Number of Businesses 4,750 businesses (ABS, June 2016)
Tourism (visitors per year) Over 1.3 million (Tourism Research Australia, 2014) (ABS, June 2016)
Gross Regional Product $4.203 billion (ABS, June 2016)
Output $10.032 billion (ABS, June 2016)
Main Employing Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Administration & Safety (including Defence)
  • Retail Trade