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Budget initiatives

Department of Planning & Environment Budget 2015-16

The NSW Government will invest $1 billion over the next four years, to ensure that the system used to deliver the homes, jobs and services that NSW needs for the future is simpler and more efficient.

  • This investment includes $384 million for the Department of Planning & Environment in 2015-16 to: 
  • support housing and jobs growth, particularly in Western Sydney
  • establish new parks, streetscapes and roads to support communities in Priority Precincts
  • halve the time it takes to assess state significant projects 
  • expand community consultation opportunities 
  • ensure there is adequate capacity to assess environmental and social impacts to support the NSW Government’s unprecedented level of investment in transport and social
  • infrastructure
  • establish the Greater Sydney Commission and deliver the Plan for Growing Sydney 
  • construct the NSW Planning Portal to make the planning system simpler and easier to use.  

NSW Government infrastructure projects by council area 

The NSW Government has developed a map-based online tool that allows you to view the infrastructure projects specific to each council area. It is being funded in this year’s Budget. 

To access the tool, click on the map.  

Budget initiatives for the Department of Planning & Environment

As part of the $384 million mentioned above, the key initiatives being funded across the department include: 

  • providing $77.6 million to councils to deliver essential infrastructure to support new housing development under the Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme
  • giving the power of decision-making and funding back to local communities, with $46 million in grants to local authorities to upgrade local infrastructure and create high quality urban
  • environments within nominated Priority Precincts. 
  • investing a further $19.9 million of capital funding to roll out online planning tools, including a single online portal for planning across the state, which will make planning simpler and
  • more effective for families and businesses. This funding is in addition to $8.5 million allocation in 2013-14 and $13.5 million allocation in 2014-15.  

Infrastructure through the Housing Acceleration Fund

The 2015-16 Budget includes an additional investment of $400 million in the Housing Acceleration Fund – the largest ever single contribution. It will go directly towards the infrastructure required in growth areas to bring housing to market as quickly as possible.

More information

2015-16 Budget estimates
Media release: Smarter planning delivering homes near transport and jobs (June 2014)

Page last updated: 18/10/2017