The Australian and NSW Governments, together with eight local governments of Western Sydney, signed the Western Sydney City Deal on 4 March 2018.
The City Deal is a 20 year agreement between the three levels of government to deliver a once-in-a-generation transformation of Sydney’s outer west – creating the ‘Western Parkland City’.
The City Deal builds on the Australian Government’s $5.3 billion investment in the Western Sydney Airport to catalyse investment, development and job opportunities. It also includes measures to maintain and enhance Western Sydney’s unique character by improving community infrastructure and liveability.
The City Deal includes a centrepiece commitment from the Australian and NSW Governments to deliver the first stage of Western Sydney Rail, a North-South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport.
A joint Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study has considered options for the region's rail services. A copy of the summary of the Outcomes Report can be found here.
The Western Sydney City Deal includes commitments from all levels of government across six priority domains:
Connectivity – connecting the Western City by world-class road, rail, aviation and digital infrastructure.
Jobs for the future – building on the unique opportunity of the Western Sydney Airport to drive business investment and employment growth.
Skills and Education – coordinated approach to education, skills and training to ensure all people have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills to take advantage of the substantial job opportunities now and into the future.
Planning and Housing – a package of reform across the whole planning spectrum to improve housing supply and affordability.
Liveability and Environment – working together to ensure the Western City is a great place to live, with inclusive and welcoming communities and celebrated natural assets.
Governance – a shared vision and implementation plan for the Western City.
An Implementation Plan for the Western Sydney City Deal will be released in 2018. It will provide further detail on the delivery of commitments under the Deal, including timeframes and accountabilities. Progress reports on the Western Sydney City Deal will be published each year.