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The NSW Government is delivering an unprecedented investment in infrastructure to keep our communities connected and our economy moving. We need to make sure that local infrastructure keeps up. We have a plan to fix the uncertainty of infrastructure contributions, which will unlock new housing supply, deliver vital public infrastructure and boost investment in NSW.

 

Infrastructure contributions reforms on exhibition

What are we doing?

We are improving the system. It was hard to understand and inconsistent. There’s a better way to deliver local infrastructure, to make sure that the community gets what it needs to grow. Our proposed changes will deliver the infrastructure we need to support new homes with transparency and consistency the community and industry need.

 

The reformed system will ensure that the right infrastructure is delivered at the right time to improve the lives of the people of New South Wales.

 

This reform program is being rolled out in four key stages. We are now in stage two, where we will be testing the new regulatory and policy settings. We are seeking your feedback on the work we have done so far.

 

View our frequently asked questions

What are we exhibiting?

As the first step of the reform legislation was introduced to the NSW Parliament. This enabling legislation provides the foundations for a stronger infrastructure contributions system and will be supported by amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation, policy instruments and practice notes. Together these form the framework for a reformed contributions system.

 

To view the exhibition documents and provide feedback see the relevant link below to the planning portal submission page:

Key benefits

Productivity Commissioner's recommendations

Find out more about the recommendations and where you can find the recommended policy changes in our exhibition material.

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Benefits of the reforms

The community, councils and industry will benefit from a system that is certain, transparent, simple, efficient, and consistent. The new system could unlock up to $12 billion in gains for NSW.

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Legislation

Legislation has been introduced to the NSW Parliament as part of the infrastructure contributions reforms. The new laws will boost productivity, provide certainty for industry and support housing supply and affordability.

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How we have listened

We have heard from councils, industry, and the community that the old system wasn’t working. We will continue to work with stakeholders on implementing the recommendations in our reforms package.

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Explore the key aspects of the system

Local contributions and land value contributions

We are proposing land value contributions in new development areas (greenfield areas) as an alternative to section 7.11 contributions.

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New framework for state infrastructure contributions

Reforms to how the State Government collects contributions to pay for state infrastructure including the Regional infrastructure contributions (RIC) Framework.

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Draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations

We are amending the EP&A Act and EP&A Regulation to implement reforms.

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Local contribution practice notes

As we update the infrastructure contributions system it’s important to update the practice notes at the same time.

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Land use planning process

Our reforms change the timing of local contribution plans; and opportunities for dual use and shared use of open space.

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Transitional arrangements

The reforms change how councils, industry and the community collect and use contributions. Contributions will be moving to an online tool to create transparency. Councils will have time to transition.

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