Western Sydney City Deal Implementation Plan


Project Description

The three levels of government will agree and publish an implementation plan for the City Deal in 2018. The implementation plan will clearly define how these commitments will be delivered, when they will be delivered and who will be responsible.


The Australian, NSW and local governments agreed and released an implementation plan for the Western Sydney City Deal in December 2018. This plan is a commitment within the City Deal and provides the detail on the delivery of each of its commitments. The City Deal contains 38 commitments and is already delivering for the Western Parkland City.

Key Achievements

Key achievements since the signing of the Deal on 4 March 2018 include:

1. Realising the 30-minute city by delivering public transport for the Western Parkland City

  • Stage 1 of the North South Rail Link (from St Marys to Western Sydney Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport) will be operational by 2026, as the beginning of what will form the spine of the Western Parkland City and transform connectivity throughout the region
  • Business case work is underway and will be completed by the end of 2019 ($100 million shared contribution from the Australian and NSW governments)

2. Creating 200,000 jobs by supercharging the Western Parkland City

  • The Western City and Aerotropolis Authority has been established as master planner and master developer of the Aerotropolis
  • Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan was released for consultation
  • $5 million Investment Attraction Fund was launched
  • Western Sydney Investment Attraction Office has been established in Liverpool
  • The NSW Government has investment agreements with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Hitachi (three of Japan’s biggest multinationals), Northrop Grumman, Vitex Pharmaceuticals, Sydney Markets, the NUW Alliance (University of Newcastle, University of NSW, University of Wollongong) and Western Sydney University to establish a presence in the Aerotropolis
  • Indigenous Business Hub has been established in an interim location to deliver coordinated business support services to grow a thriving Indigenous business sector
  • NDIS Commission opened in Penrith
  • Feasibility study into a world-class agribusiness precinct at Western Sydney Aerotropolis is underway

3. Skilling our residents in the region and initiating new education opportunities

  • Announcement that the NUW Alliance (University of Newcastle, University of NSW, University of Wollongong) and Western Sydney University will jointly deliver a world-class higher education and research presence specialising in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by 2026
  • Scoping of a Skills Exchange near Western Sydney Airport commenced, to provide local training for the workers needed to construct the airport and other major projects

4. Respecting and building on local character, enhancing liveability and improving the quality of the local environment

  • The Liveability Program will deliver improved community facilities and urban amenity, and enhance liveability to enable and complement new housing supply
  • Applications for the first round of funding completed and successful projects will commence in 2019

5. Innovative approaches to planning and delivery of housing

  • The Planning Partnership has been established, drawing together representatives of all eight Western Parkland City councils as well as Blacktown City Council, and representatives from the  NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Transport for NSW, Sydney Water and the Greater Sydney Commission

6. Getting on with delivering for the Western Parkland City through enduring tri-level governance

  • Establishment of tri-level governance through Leadership Group, Implementation Board and Coordination Committee meeting regularly since April 2018
  • Release of an implementation plan which clearly defines how and when the City Deal commitments will be delivered, who will be responsible and key performance metrics

Click here to view the Western Sydney City Deal report card.

Next Steps

The three levels of government will continue to work collaboratively to deliver the commitments under the City Deal.

Over the next 20 years of the City Deal, the community will be able to track its progress. Reports will be published annually and the first of these reports will be released in 2019. A formal review of the Deal will be undertaken in 2021. The review will consider priorities and next steps and will report on progress against milestones and longer-term key performance metrics.