NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Planning for the Future of Retail: Discussion Paper

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the NSW retail sector remains the strongest in Australia.

Evolving technology, changing customer preferences and the increased presence of global brands within the Australian market has required retailers to be innovative and adapt in order to remain competitive.

We have developed a Discussion Paper that describes how the NSW planning system could address the increasingly dynamic retail sector. Building on the work of the Independent Retail Expert Advisory Committee as well as targeted stakeholder consultation, the Discussion Paper accompanies proposed strategic amendments to five retail land use definitions as detailed in Proposed Definitions Amendments to the Standard Instrument LEP - Better planning for the NSW retail sector.

The Discussion Paper sets out potential new directions for a NSW Retail Strategy. It identifies the ways in which customer trends are shaping retail today and proposes new initiatives aimed at modernising our retail planning framework and achieving the right balance of customer and community amenity.

Have your say

Submissions for the Discussion Paper are now closed, with the conclusion of the exhibition on Friday 18 May 2018, you can view the submissions received at our Plans Policies website.


More information

  • phone the Department's Information Centre on 1300 305 695 or
  • if English is not your first language, call 131 450 and ask for an Interpreter in your language and ask to be connected to the Information Centre on 1300 305 695.

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