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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) has been determined to provide certainty and transparency to the community, industry and stakeholders and to support the implementation of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041.


The Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) is proposed to help fund the delivery of infrastructure in Nowra Bomaderry and West Lake Illawarra. The SIC is in effect from 4 June 2021.


The SIC provides for developer contributions to be collected from new residential development within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Special Contributions Area. The SIC may contribute up to $124 million towards the cost of infrastructure such as:

  • Road and intersection upgrades  
  • Active transport  
  • Regional open space  
  • Schools  
  • Community health facilities 
  • Emergency services 
  • Biodiversity  
  • Planning and delivery 


More information on the SIC can be found in the:


Infrastructure Contributions Reform

The infrastructure contributions system is being reformed under the recommendations of the Productivity Commission. This includes the proposed introduction of a broad-based regional approach towards State infrastructure contributions for the Greater Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central Coast and Hunter regions to be implemented mid-2022. 


As part of the proposed reform recommendations there will be consideration of transitional and savings arrangements for the existing state contributions framework which may impact on the draft Illawarra Shoalhaven SIC. 


To learn more about the reforms and system improvements, please visit our Improving the infrastructure contributions system webpage.


Transitional rates

To help new development proposals adapt to the new charge, the SIC will be phased with a 50% reduction in 2021-22 and a 25% reduction in 2022-23. The full rate will apply from 1 July 2023.


COVID-19 Response measures

The NSW Government made changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in response to the COVID-19 emergency. In June 2020 new Ministerial directions and determinations were made to temporarily defer the payment of special infrastructure contributions until the issuing of an occupation certificate for certain types of development.


On 25 March 2021 the COVID-19 Recovery Act 2021 extended the COVID-19 prescribed period to 31 March 2022. 


The extension applies to Ministerial directions and determinations under the EP&A Act relating to State and local infrastructure contributions. Accordingly, any reference to the prescribed period within the meaning of section 10.17 of the EP&A Act is a reference to the extended period ending on 31 March 2022.


For more information on these changes, you can read the Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Response measures: Infrastructure contributions – Timing of payment (PDF, 130 KB).


Requirements for certifiers on issuing an occupation certificate

Amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) require certifiers to confirm that there are no outstanding infrastructure contributions or levies prior to issuing an occupation certificate.


For more information on these changes, you can read the Planning Circular: Payment of infrastructure contributions or levies prior to the issuing of an occupation certificate (PDF, 225 KB).


Paying this SIC

To confirm your development is within the SIC area and pay your contribution, please visit our SIC Online Service


More information

The draft SIC was on exhibition from 2 November 2020 until 17 December 2020. Find out what we heard by reading our Submissions Summary Report.


All exhibited documents related to the proposed Illawarra Shoalhaven SIC are available on our Planning Portal.


To find out more about Illawarra Shoalhaven SIC, you can also:

Page last updated: 21/09/2021