Governance

As an independent organisation funded by the NSW Government, strong and accountable governance is core to our duty to transparently and responsibly serve the public interest.


The Greater Sydney Commission’s three committees are established by the Greater Sydney Commission Act. They are:

1. Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for preparing a District Plan for each District of Greater Sydney, as well as updates, reviews and revisions of those District Plans, and reviewing and updating the Greater Sydney Regional Plan, A Plan for Growing Sydney.

Membership

  • Chief Commissioner
  • Deputy and Economic Commissioner
  • Environment Commissioner
  • Social Commissioner
  • Relevant District Commissioner for matters in their district.

 

2. Infrastructure Delivery Committee

The Infrastructure Delivery Committee’s role is to provide information, advice and regular reports on the infrastructure requirements needed to support housing and employment opportunities in the Greater Sydney region and to advise and assist the Commission in regard to any of its other functions. The Infrastructure Delivery Committee is to prepare annual Infrastructure Priority Lists and Infrastructure Delivery Plans for priority growth areas, as and when required.

Membership

  • Chief Commissioner
  • Deputy and Economic Commissioner
  • Environment Commissioner
  • Social Commissioner.

The Secretaries of the following state government departments:

  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • Transport for NSW
  • NSW Treasury
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • NSW Department of Education.

District Commissioners can also be invited to discuss matters relating to their districts.

 

3. Finance and Governance Committee

This committee:

  • Advises and assists the Commission on any of its functions
  • Advises and assists the Minister for Planning on Greater Sydney’s environmental, social and economic performance
  • Develops clear metrics to monitor and report on Greater Sydney’s environmental, social and economic performance (called the ‘the Dashboard’)
  • Administers the Grants Programs of the Department of Planning and Environment, such as the Metropolitan Greenspace Program which supports local government in improving regionally significant open space.

Membership

  • Chief Commissioner
  • Deputy and Economic Commissioner
  • Environment Commissioner
  • Social Commissioner.

Greater Sydney Commission Meeting minutes

The Greater Sydney Commission is required to publish minutes of its full Commission meetings. Minutes are endorsed at the next Commission meeting, prior to publication.

Minutes of the inaugural meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission - 2 May 2016 (PDF, 205 KB)
Minutes of the 13 July 2016 meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission (PDF, 187 KB)
Minutes of the 13 September 2016 meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission (PDF, 394 KB)
Minutes of the 18 November 2016 meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission (PDF, 667 KB)
Minutes of the 14 February 2017 meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission (PDF, 577 KB)
Minutes of the 9 May 2017 meeting of the Greater Sydney Commission (PDF, 551 KB)


Greater Sydney Commission Quarterly Reports to the Minister for Planning

The Commission has a statutory requirement to report on progress to the Minister on a quarterly basis, commencing on 30 June 2016.

Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 1 - for the period ending 31 July 2016 (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 2 - for the period ending 31 October 2016 (PDF, 368 KB)
Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 3 - for the period ending 31 December 2016 (PDF, 546 KB)
Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 4 - for the period ending 31 March 2017 (PDF, 231 KB)
Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 5 - for the period ending 30 June 2017 (PDF, 125 KB)
Quarterly Report to the Minister for Planning No. 6 - for the period ending 30 September 2017 (PDF, 170 KB)


Greater Sydney Commission Annual Report

The Greater Sydney Commission’s second Annual Report is now available. This covers the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Greater Sydney Commission Annual Report 2015/2016 (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Greater Sydney Commission Annual Report 2016/2017 (PDF, 4.8 MB)


At the Greater Sydney Commission the decisions, behaviours and actions of our staff are guided by a comprehensive range of policies and procedures. This allows us to maintain effective, efficient and consistent operations throughout the organisation.

Internal policies

Our staff, as employees of the Department of Planning and Environment (the Department), comply with the Department’s polices. References to ‘the Department’ in such policies are to be read as references to ‘the Greater Sydney Commission’. Those policies include:

  • The Code of Ethics and Conduct: clarifies the standards of behaviour and performance expected of staff in the performance of their duties. It gives guidance in areas where staff may need to make personal and ethical decisions to uphold the values of integrity, trust, service, and accountability expected of public service employees.
  • The Gifts, Benefits, and Hospitality: guides staff on the expected standards of behaviour relating to gifts, benefits, and hospitality offered undertaking their official duties.
  • The Disclosing Interests and Managing Conflicts of Interest: provides a framework to help staff identify and manage conflicts of interest in a clear, accountable, and timely way.
  • The Fraud and Corruption Control: acknowledges the Commission’s zero tolerance of fraud and corruption.

The Greater Sydney Commission has its own Code of Ethics and Conduct that applies specifically to the Greater Sydney Commission members.

The Commission makes available on request any policy that affects or is likely to affect members of the public.

Lobbyist contact

The Greater Sydney Commission recognises the need for decisions to be made in an open and transparent manner. The Commission adopts the Department’s third-party lobbyist and business contact protocols.

The Registered Lobbyist Contact Protocol applies to parties who are required to be registered on the NSW Electoral Commission’s Register of Third-Party Lobbyists. Any lobbyist wanting to meet with the Commission should familiarise themselves with this protocol.

Registered (or third-party) lobbyists who wish to meet with a staff member of the Commission must complete and submit the Registered Lobbyist Meeting Form at least seven (7) days in advance of the proposed meeting.

The Lobbyist Contact Register lists the contacts between our staff and Third-Party Lobbyists, and is kept in accordance with Department of Planning and Environment Registered Lobbyist Contact Protocol which guides staff in these interactions.

All contact with registered lobbyists is recorded using a Registered Lobbyist Contact Form and is published on the Register.

Business contact

The Business Contact Protocol applies to parties who are not registered lobbyists.

Business Contact Forms are used to record contact between the Commission and business contacts under this protocol.