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Employment lands are defined as lands zoned for industrial or similar purposes in planning instruments. They are vital to the functioning of our urban areas, providing space for:

  • Essential services such as waste and water management, repair trades and construction services;
  • Warehousing, logistics and distribution centres; and
  • Areas for businesses that design, manufacture and produce goods and services.

These spaces, industries and businesses support jobs growth and development, and generate direct and indirect economic benefits for the community. It is critical there is enough land located in the right places for this to occur.

The Employment Lands Development Monitor (ELDM) is a comprehensive snapshot of industrial land supply and business parks across the Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Hunter Regions. It contains information on:

  • Existing employment land stocks and their current availability;
  • Where employment lands are serviced and ready for development;
  • Where development on employment lands has recently taken place and where Planning Proposals have been lodged; and
  • The location of potential future employment lands identified in Local and State Government planning policies.

The ELDM aims to provide the data and evidence needed to inform the planning delivery and servicing of employment lands. It acts as a research tool and provides NSW Government agencies, councils, businesses, developers, investors, and service providers with a snapshot of the location, and servicing and development status of employment lands and business parks. 


A full glossary of terms and methodologies used in the ELDM can be found under the Resources tab. 


The map below is a placeholder showing current data for Sydney and the Central Coast regions, that will be updated when the 2019 ELDM is released. 


Page last updated: 29/08/2019