The NSW Government introduced a special infrastructure contribution (SIC) to help fund new or upgraded infrastructure as part of the Frenchs Forest Place Strategy on 1 April 2022.
The SIC will collect up to $37.3 million from developers to help fund:
- state and regional roads
- primary and secondary schools
- public transport
- cycleways, footpaths and green links.
The SIC rate is adjusted annually according to the latest Sydney Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Frenchs Forest SIC contribution rates – FY2023-24
Contribution rate as at 1 July 2023
|Class of development||Contribution rate|
(a) Attached dwellings
(b) Dual occupancies
(c) Dwelling houses (but not secondary dwellings)
(d) Multi-dwelling houses
(e) Residential flat buildings
(f) Semi-detached dwellings
(g) A group of self-contained dwellings that is seniors housing
(h) Shop top housing.
Charge Area 1 - $7,347* per additional dwelling
Charge Area 2 - $22,041* per additional dwelling
* The SIC rate is indexed annually on 1 July as outlined in the Environmental Planning and Assessment (Special Infrastructure Contribution – Frenchs Forest) Determination 2022.
The draft SIC was on exhibition from 23 July to 3 September 2021.
All exhibited documents related to the proposed Frenchs Forest SIC are available at the NSW Planning Portal.
Requirements for certifiers
Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 mean certifiers must confirm that there is no outstanding SIC payment required before issuing an occupation certificate.
How to pay
To confirm if your development is in the SIC area or to pay your contribution, visit the SIC Online Service.
Infrastructure contributions reform
The NSW Productivity Commissioner has proposed reforms to the infrastructure contributions system. Its recommendations include introducing transitional and savings arrangements, which may affect the Frenchs Forest SIC.
To learn more, read Improving the infrastructure contributions system.