NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Increasing housing supply

Housing package

NSW needs more homes for our growing population.

The NSW Government is boosting housing supply by fast-tracking new home assessments, investing in infrastructure and creating a housing supply pipeline.

By providing funding and working with councils and industry, the NSW Government will unlock hundreds of thousands of new homes over 4 years.

The increase of housing supply is one of the first focus areas to be announced as part of the 2022 Housing Package – a set of initiatives the NSW Government is taking to address housing supply and affordability.

Initiatives

Planning for growth

Prioritising housing assessments and making the planning system more efficient will help unlock 62,500 homes sooner.

By working with councils and industry, we will continue building a more responsive and productive planning system, cutting the time it takes to unlock land for new homes and securing the approvals needed for new homes to be built.

Funding allocation: $87.82m over 2 years

What is to be delivered?

  • 30,000 home sites rezoned
  • 32,500 home sites approved from assessment of state and regionally significant applications
  • Easy online service from the NSW Planning Portal


How will it be delivered?

  • Prioritising resources for a simple, faster planning assessment including:
    • reducing state significant assessment times from 120 days to 100 days
    • reducing regionally significant assessment times from 366 days to 275 days
    • reducing planning proposal assessment times from 571 to 380 days
    • 90% of planning issues referred to other state agencies determined within agreed timeframes
    • fit for purpose employment zones that support jobs growth
  • Case management services to resolve high value and complex housing applications
  • A planning ‘concierge’ to help people use the NSW planning system
  • Integration of the NSW Planning Portal into councils’ processes to deliver online services


Who will benefit?

The program builds on recent reforms to the planning system and will benefit:

  • the community who can easily access planning services
  • councils to deliver streamlined planning service
  • housing developers who can invest in NSW with more certainty


What are the key milestones?

  • December 2022: All local environmental plans updated with fit for purpose employment zones to improve ability of businesses to establish, expand or adapt
  • June 2023: Report on expedited housing supply from Faster Local Assessment Grant program
  • December 2023: Digital integration of council systems through NSW Planning Portal API Grant funding
  • June 2023: Benchmark planning assessment times achieved
  • June 2024: 30,000 home sites rezoned and 32,500 home sites approved


What are the key benefits?

  • Faster planning approvals to boost housing supply
  • Councils have increased capability and capacity to meet planning demand
  • Timely, certain and transparent planning system
  • Easier dealings with government
  • Improved outcomes for applicants because of support for state-wide integration of council systems with NSW Planning Portal
More resources for local housing assessments

New resources will be available to assess complex local housing applications and support councils to reduce timeframes. This will help free up councils to focus on other simpler housing applications and help to move more housing applications through the system faster.

Find out more about the planning for growth initiative including what is being delivered, who will benefit and milestones.

Accelerated Infrastructure Fund

New and growing communities will be backed by infrastructure investment to get more homes into the supply pipeline faster. A new round of the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund will co-fund and accelerate the delivery of shovel-ready infrastructure projects, enabling the delivery of thousands of new homes in Sydney and key regional areas.

Find out more about this round of the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund, including what is being delivered, benefits and milestones.

Priority rezoning for new homes

The NSW Government will drive more rezonings to free up land for new homes, creating great communities with access to infrastructure and open space. This will supercharge the building of new homes and provide industry certainty. This is expected to unlock at least 70,000 additional homes.

Find out more about the rezone and build initiative including what is being delivered, who will benefit and milestones.

Expert assessment for high-value housing applications

Complex and high-value projects that can deliver housing in the right locations will be supported with an expert assessment team. This means more homes can be built sooner, saving time and money for business and make NSW a more attractive place in which to invest in new homes.

 

NSW Housing Supply Insights

The department is taking a coordinated approach to monitoring the housing supply pipeline from strategic planning through to dwelling completions, using the most recent data and analysis to provide insights for government, councils, regulators and developers.

View NSW Housing Supply Insights

Page last updated: 03/11/2022