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The NSW Government is committed to supporting a productive economy by enabling business and jobs in the locations where they are needed and delivering on the communities’ strategic vision for their state.


The department is currently undertaking a reform program which includes the delivery of a simplified employment zone framework that suits the future of work, is fit for purpose, supports productivity and jobs growth while facilitating delivery of strategic plans and planning priorities.


The reform of employment zones aims to support long-term economic recovery through job creation and encourage increased productivity in NSW.


A key outcome of the project will be to ensure employment zones provide clear strategic intent, include clarity around their application and increase flexibility around land uses.


What are we doing?

We are looking for the best way to:

  • reconsider our employment zones to maximise productivity while minimising land use conflicts
  • reform existing industrial and business zones
  • better support councils in the delivery of the strategic vision contained in their Local Strategic Planning Statements.


How are we doing it?

Building on previous work, our preferred approach will be informed by the significant evidence base coming out of the Independent Retail Expert Advisory Committee Report 2018, The Future of Retail Discussion Paper 2018 and the thought leadership of the Greater Sydney Commission. 


Stakeholder input is vital to ensuring the right outcomes from the reform, and we have started initial consultation activities to establish an ongoing conversation across the life of the project.


Wider consultation activities will take place in early 2021.


Information session

In December 2020, we hosted a webinar to introduce the reform program. Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and Marcus Ray, Group Deputy Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, presented on a number of key components to outline the purpose of this reform.


If you are interested in this webinar, you can:


More information

If you would like additional information on the employment zone reform please email the Employment Zones project team


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Page last updated: 17/12/2020