Greater Sydney Commission takes the pulse of the city

Lucy Turnbull and Sarah Hill launching the Pulse of Greater Sydney
16 Jul 2019
News | The Greater Sydney Commission today unveiled “The Pulse of Greater Sydney”, an unprecedented report and online dashboard bringing together data from across government to track the evolution towards a metropolis of three cities.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney brings together data from a range of government agencies to measure progress on implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the five District Plans through four key indicators:

  • Access to jobs, education and housing
  • 30-minute cities
  • Walkable places, and
  • Addressing urban heat

Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said: “We need to ensure that we continue to move forward with 40 year vision to reshape Greater Sydney as the Eastern Harbour, Central River and Western Parkland Cities. The three cities will provide greater equity in access to jobs, open space, health and education services and transport infrastructure by bringing them closer to where people live.”

“This is the first time a metropolitan plan for Greater Sydney will be measured using performance indicators that bring the plan to life. Drawing on data from across government will enable the people of Greater Sydney to see and understand the changes taking place and hold those of us delivering the vision accountable for making progress.

“The four indicators used in “The Pulse of Greater Sydney”, were developed in consultation with the Commission’s 100-member Citizens Panel, local councils, peak groups and industry representatives, together with State agencies, to best reflect the measures that people value most,” Ms Turnbull said.

“Jobs, education and housing” looks at the places where they are located, to improve access to these opportunities as Greater Sydney grows.

“30-minute city” measures the proportion of residents able to reach their nearest metropolitan centre/cluster or strategic centre1 using public transport and/or walking within 30 minutes.

“Walkable places” will measure the provision of more convenient walking and cycling access to schools, shops, public transport and open space and Addressing Urban Heat will track the contribution that increasing the urban tree canopy can make to the quality of public places, streets and open spaces which improve amenity.

“This first edition of The Pulse of Greater Sydney provides an important baseline for future reporting of trends as the metropolis evolves. It has been designed to allow data to be analysed at region, district and local government area levels and responsive to the changing needs of what the people of Greater Sydney want us to track and measure,” Ms Turnbull said.

“Wherever you live or work in Greater Sydney, you can see what work or programs are underway in your district and its performance against the indicators,” she said

The Pulse of Greater Sydney can be downloaded at and the Dashboard can be viewed at

Media contact: Craig Middleton 0459 887734


1. The metropolitan centres of Greater Sydney comprise the Harbour CBD (which includes North Sydney CBD), Greater Parramatta and the Western City metropolitan cluster of Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Campbelltown–Macarthur and the planned Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis. Strategic centres have a mix of land uses including commercial and residential, high levels of private investment and are accessible by walking and cycling. There are 34 strategic centres across Greater Sydney.

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