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The Hunter is recognised as the leading regional economy in NSW and the government is making significant infrastructure investments in the region.

The draft Hunter Region Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) determination proposes to seek a contribution from developers for new development on previously undeveloped land. The contribution will go towards ongoing investment across the Hunter including more roads, schools, health and emergency services.   

The draft Hunter Region SIC proposed approach was exhibited from 15 December 2017 to 28 February 2018 and the next step is to exhibit the draft SIC determination.

You are now invited to have your say on this draft determination and its supporting documents by 25 February 2019.

Special Infrastructure Contributions 

 The Hunter Region SIC will apply to new residential and industrial development in land release residential and industrial areas. It will replace voluntary planning agreements to meet requirements to contribute to State and regional infrastructure. This is in response to Action 26.6 of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, which states a Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan will be prepared for the Hunter region.

An overview of the proposed Hunter Region SIC is in Frequently asked questions.

Service catchment areas

The Department has been working closely with Hunter Councils on the proposed Hunter Region SIC which will apply to the local government areas of Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter. 


There are three service catchment areas: Lower Hunter, Mid Coast, and Upper Hunter. Each will have its own contribution rate. 


Transitional arrangements

Some development areas in the Hunter Region already have infrastructure funding arrangements in place, or arrangements are being made. The Guideline for sites under development outlines the transitional arrangements for specific development areas already under development.

Have your say

You are invited to have your say online or in writing about the next stage of the development of the Hunter Region SIC by commenting on the draft determination and supporting documents. 


The draft determination:

  • sets the contribution rates;
  • identifies the infrastructure the SIC will fund;
  • outlines the development to which the SIC applies; and
  • outlines how the SIC is to be made.

This draft determination is supported by a:

  • draft direction which; gives effect to the determination by directing consent authorities to impose conditions of consent that require contributions to be made in accordance with the determination
  • draft order that; identifies the special contributions area to which the determination applies; and
  • maps; include a series of released land maps referred to in the draft determination.

Have your say

Write to: 
Director, Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Delivery
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
GPO Box 39

More information

For more information email the Department or phone 1300 305 695.Translation assistance is available; call 131 450.

Page last updated: 14/01/2019