The Special Infrastructure Contributions (SICs) program is a NSW Government initiative that seeks to recover some of the cost of infrastructure through developer contributions.
SICs support growing communities by funding a range of infrastructure including State and regional roads, public transport infrastructure, pedestrian and cycling paths, health facilities, emergency services, schools and open space improvements. SICs also fund biodiversity offsets in Western Sydney.
A SIC is paid by the developer in Special Contributions Areas and only on new development such as residential subdivisions and industrial estates. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment ensures contributions are reasonable and relate only to new growth.
The Minister for Planning and Homes will determine whether a SIC will apply to an area after consultation with the community. SICs have been implemented in Western Sydney Growth Centres, Warnervale Town Centre, Wyong Employment Zone, Gosford Town Centre, St Leonards Crows Nest, Bayside West, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Frenchs Forest.
As at September 2021, over $481 million in developer contributions have been collected in Special Contribution Areas.
The department works closely with state agencies and local councils to maintain a rolling pipeline of SIC investment to support the release of new housing and employment lands in these areas.
The SIC program has provided $202 million in funding towards the delivery of infrastructure with an additional $315 million in infrastructure being delivered by developers as works-in-kind. This includes:
A further $136 million in SIC funding has been committed to existing projects and $68 million allocated to support the delivery of future projects.
You can view the projects funded by SIC currently in planning, progress or already completed by using the interactive map below.
Additionally, you can also view a larger version of this map.
The requirement to pay a SIC is specified as a condition of consent for some approved developments.
To confirm if a SIC applies to your development, and to calculate a SIC charge, please visit the SIC Online Service. This Service also allows applicants to request a SIC assessment online for faster assessment and more efficient communication with the department during the SIC assessment process.
The SIC Online Service includes the ePlanning Spatial Viewer, an interactive map where you can check if your site is within a SIC Area.
To begin the process, please register for an account.
For more information, including information on previous SICs exhibited, please contact us via our online form and ask to get in touch with the Infrastructure and Place team.
The proposed Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) for Aerotropolis could provide up to $1.1 billion in developer funding to support the delivery of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Plan.
The Special Infrastructure Contribution will help fund new and upgraded infrastructure to support the delivery of the Bayside West Precincts 2036.
The Frenchs Forest SIC will provide $37.3 million to help fund new and upgraded infrastructure.
The proposed SIC for Greater Macarthur could provide up to $1.58 billion to help fund key infrastructure to support growth in Menangle, Gilead, North Appin, West Appin and Appin East.
The Gosford City Centre Special Infrastructure Contribution Determination came into effect on Friday 12 October 2018.
The Hunter Region SIC provides funding towards the delivery of infrastructure required to support residential and industrial development across the Hunter Region.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven SIC determination came into effect on 4 June 2021.
The proposed SIC could provide up to $1.5 billion in funding over the next 30 years for new and upgraded state and regional infrastructure in the North West Growth Area.
The proposed SIC for Rhodes could provide up to $74.8 million in funding towards road and open space improvements to support development in the area.
The SIC applies to new additional residential development and will help fund new and upgraded infrastructure to support the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 plan.
The Western Sydney Growth Areas Special Infrastructure Contribution Determination came into effect on 14 January 2011.
The Wilton SIC will provide $771 million in funding to support development in the area. This includes funding for roads and open space.