The Greater Sydney Commission is leading metropolitan planning to make Greater Sydney more productive, sustainable and liveable. Greater Sydney is growing fast. Population projections suggest that the region will be home to about 1.6 million more people over the next 20 years.
Our role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of Greater Sydney. We’re taking a collaborative "one government" approach to this, so we can lead and guide the planning for development, transport and housing so that Greater Sydney will be a productive, liveable and sustainable city for all.
The Commission was established by an Act of Parliament with specific roles and responsibilities for planning for Greater Sydney. We have a direct reporting line to the NSW Government.
These replace the original Statement of Priorities the Commission had agreed with the Minister for Planning for the Commission’s inaugural period from January 2016 to October 2018. Those priorities were completed in early 2018, with the exception of those that are ongoing functions for the Commission.
On 24 October 2018 the NSW Parliament passed amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015. The legislative changes support the Commission to have a more strategic oversight and assurance role at the centre of Government.
Key elements of the amended legislation:
- require councils in the Greater Sydney Region to obtain the written advice of the Commission that it supports a local strategic planning statement before it is made by the council;
- require the Minister for Planning to refer a planning proposal for a Local Environmental Plan to the Commission for advice about whether or not it supports the proposal if it significantly affects implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan or applicable District Plan;
- require the Minister for Planning to consult with the Commission on State Environmental Planning Policies that will, in the Minister’s opinion, significantly affect the implementation the Greater Sydney Region Plan or applicable District Plan; and
relieve the Commission of its statutory local plan-making functions.
- give the Commission new advice and assurance functions, including directly advising the Minister for Planning on request, with the Commission being able to make reasonable requests for information from agencies and councils for the purposes of exercising its functions.
The amended Acts commenced on 10 December 2018, with the exception of Items 2 and 3 above, which commenced on 1 January 2019.
The Greater Sydney Commission leadership comprises:
- Four Greater Sydney Commissioners: Chief Commissioner, Economic Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner, Environment Commissioner and Social Commissioner.
- Four District Commissioners responsible for the five districts within Greater Sydney – Western City, Central City, Eastern City, North and South.
- Ex-officio members: As ex-officio members of the Greater Sydney Commission, relevant State Government Secretaries attend full Commission meetings.
- The Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Commission.
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.
In addition to representation as ex-officio members and observers, key government agencies and departments work in partnership with Greater Sydney Commission at a strategic and operational level.