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The Western Sydney Growth Areas Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) determination came into effect on 14 January 2011.


The SIC applies to development on both residential and industrial zoned land and will help fund key infrastructure to support growth in Western Sydney. Infrastructure categories to be funded through the SIC include:

  • Roads
  • Schools
  • Emergency Services
  • Open Space and conservation
  • Health facilities
  • Bus infrastructure
  • Planning and Design.


More information on the SIC can be found in the:

  • Ministerial Determination; how the SIC is levied and the list of State public infrastructure
  • Ministerial Direction; directing the condition that is applied to development consents
  • Order; the signed Order including a map showing the Contributions Areas where the SIC is charged.


The SIC rate is adjusted annually according to the latest Sydney Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Western Sydney SIC which applies to the 2020-21 financial year is available to view.


COVID-19 Response measures

The NSW Government has 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, 129 KB)

New requirements for certifiers on issuing an occupation certificate

Recent 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, 129 KB).


Paying this SIC

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


To begin the process, users must register for an account.


Visit the SIC Online Service


Consultation and feedback

The existing Western Sydney SIC is being progressively reviewed to ensure it closely aligns with the infrastructure required to support growing communities in the region.


The existing Western Sydney SIC will be separated into three new Special Infrastructure Contributions covering the North West Growth Area, Western Sydney Aerotropolis and South West Growth Area.


We welcome your feedback on the proposed approach to these new SICs when they are released for public feedback.


More information

For further information please call our Information Centre 1300 305 695 and ask to speak to the Infrastructure and Place team.

Page last updated: 30/04/2021