The Pulse of Greater Sydney

Lucy Turnbull

Message from the Chief Commissioner

The Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities is a 20‐year plan with a 40‐year vision where everyone more equitably shares in the benefits of the growth and success of Greater Sydney as a liveable, productive and sustainable metropolis.

The Greater Sydney Commission believes that to effectively plan and manage our city it is essential to measure its progress. To start us on this journey we asked the people of Greater Sydney and our fellow government agencies to help us measure what matters.

Read the message from the Chief Commissioner

Measuring what matters

The Greater Sydney Region Plan and five supporting district plans set out a vision to manage growth and change in Greater Sydney. They were developed alongside Transport NSW’s Future Transport 2056 and Infrastructure NSW’s State Infrastructure Strategy 2018‐2038.

In preparing the Plans, the Greater Sydney Commission heard from stakeholders and the community that it is not enough to simply prepare the Plans, we must also monitor and report on their implementation.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney is the first comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework for Greater Sydney. We have identified and gathered the most recent publicly available data as no one government agency, council or organisation can do this alone. Over time we expect to expand monitoring and reporting as more data becomes available to help us understand how Greater Sydney grows and changes.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney is our first step in delivering on our commitment as an independent agency in NSW Government to implement the Plan and be transparent on progress. As we will continue to build on this foundation, we are interested in your feedback. If you have any comments please contact the Greater Sydney Commission at info@gsc.nsw.gov.au.

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Greater Sydney performance indicators

In developing the indicators, the Commission engaged with and listened to people about what matters to them in Greater Sydney. We listened to the community, State agencies, councils, together with social, environment and industry peak groups. We also hosted a Citizens Panel of 100 people from across Greater Sydney as a key input.

Our stakeholders reinforced that cities are multi-functional places with layers of activity and competing demands. It is difficult to capture this complexity in a single metric. We have therefore developed four indicators that draw together the interrelated aspects of the 10 Directions to measure progress towards evolving to a metropolis of three cities.

Read how the indicators were developed

The indicator matrix below shows the intersection of the performance indicators with the 10 Directions for a Greater Sydney.

What the indicators tell us

The Greater Sydney performance indicators tell us we need to:

  • Align jobs, education and housing
  • Increase access to education opportunities
  • Increase housing diversity
  • Improve connectivity
  • Increase opportunities for trips by walking
  • Increase tree canopy.

Read a summary of the indicators

Greater Sydney Dashboard

The Greater Sydney Dashboard is a single point of access to government data that is important to understanding what is happening across Greater Sydney. It is an interactive tool that provides links to a wide range of data sources to help monitor growth and change. It will continue to be developed as new and updated data becomes available.

The Greater Sydney Dashboard includes the context data for the 10 Directions and data used in the performance indicators.

Visit the Dashboard

Reporting on the Plans

Progress on Greater Sydney Region Plan actions

The 15 actions in the Greater Sydney Region Plan identify programs and initiatives to implement the Plan’s objectives and strategies. Each action has a lead agency responsible for delivery.

The summary of the status of these actions demonstrates the progress towards delivery of the Plan.

Read about progress on the actions

District Plan implementation

The Commission and State agencies are working with councils through a new LEP assurance process.

Monitoring and reporting on district plan implementation will support local planning and provide a line of sight back to the Region Plan.

Read more about implementation

What's next?

The Pulse of Greater Sydney creates a foundation for us to understand how Greater Sydney is tracking towards achieving the vision for A Metropolis of Three Cities. It will be updated and published annually. The Commission’s annual report will also provide updates on the actions of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the five district plans.

As we develop the indicators some may be difficult to measure at a Region or even district scale. In the short to medium-term they may be best monitored at a precinct level.

Over the next 12 months additional parallel activities to assist monitoring and reporting of the Plans will include:

  • performance indicator expansion and refinement to capture a broader range of issues relevant to the Plans
  • regular updates of context data on the Dashboard as new information becomes available
  • State agency progress on delivering Region Plan actions
  • councils’ delivery of local strategic planning statements and updates to local environmental plans.

Updated - 1 August 2019 (to address minor errors and inconsistencies)