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State Voluntary Planning Agreements

Development contributions help cover the cost of delivering infrastructure needed to support new businesses, communities and homes.

Planning agreements are a method of securing these contributions. A planning agreement is a legal agreement between a developer and a planning authority, such as the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, or local councils.

The development contributions system operates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Planning agreements can deliver or fund:

  • public amenities and services
  • affordable housing
  • transport or other infrastructure
  • conservation or enhancement of the natural environment.

The applicant is required to meet the cost of preparing the legal agreements. 

Planning agreements with the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure are referred to as State Voluntary Planning Agreements (SVPA) to differentiate them from local council planning agreements.

Applicants can refer to our State Voluntary Planning Agreements process guide (PDF, 430 KB) for further details.

The department runs a competitive grant program to disburse these funds by inviting councils and agencies to nominate state and regional infrastructure projects in their areas.

To contact us about the funding program, email the team at [email protected]

Funding round 4 closed

Applications for round 4 of the State Voluntary Planning Agreement funding program have now closed. We are now considering all applications and will be in touch with successful applicants in late 2024.

This funding round provides a total of $62.5 million for projects between $500,000 to $5 million, subject to the available funds in each collection region. The collection regions and funds available were:

RegionEligible applicantAvailable funds
Central CoastCentral Coast Council$4.04 million

Shellharbour City Council

Wollongong City Council

$6.3 million
Lower Hunter

City of Newcastle

Cessnock City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Maitland City Council

Port Stephens City Council

$21.22 million
North West Growth Area

Blacktown City Council

The Hills Shire Council

$4.54 million
South West Growth AreaCamden Council$4.8 million
WollondillyWollondilly Shire Council$21.64 million
All regionsTransport for NSWPer region budget

For information about the assessment process, read our program guideline (PDF, 896 KB).

For more detail about the SVPA program and next steps following this funding round, read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 117 KB).

Projects funded by SVPA

As of July 2023, over $220 million in cash contributions have been collected from developers through SVPAs.

The department works closely with state agencies and local councils to maintain a rolling pipeline of infrastructure investment that supports new housing and employment lands where these funds are collected.

Over $150 million has been invested in 30 projects since 2005. You can view the status of these projects using the interactive map below.

Round 3 – 2021/22
Transport for NSWNorthern Road and Bradley Street intersection upgrade – constructionUpgrades to add lanes, a U-turn bay and new footpaths at the Northern Road and Bradley Street intersection in Mulgoa.Penrith$7,200,000
The Hills Shire CouncilBox Hill Regional Hockey Centre – design and constructionDevelopment of detailed design and construction of a hockey centre in the Box Hill North Precinct.The Hills$11,248,000
Transport for NSWMamre Road Upgrade (Stage 2) – business casePreparation of final business case for the upgrade of Mamre Road to create 6.1-kilometre link between the Erskine Park Link Road, Erskine Park and Kerrs Road in Kemps Creek.Penrith$10,000,000
Round 2 – 2020/21
Lake Macquarie City CouncilAlton Road intersection upgrade – land acquisition and constructionLand acquisition and construction of a three-way signalised intersection at the intersection of Alton Road, Freemans Drive and Central Avenue in Cooranbong.Lake Macquarie$4,950,000
Fire Rescue NSWCessnock Fire Station – land acquisitionLand acquisition to construct replacement of fire station in Cessnock.Cessnock$2,040,000
Camden CouncilDickson Road upgrade –design and business casesPreparation of concept designs, strategic business case, detailed designs, review of environmental factors and a final business case for the upgrade of Dickson Road in Leppington.Camden$1,829,112
Transport for NSWGreater Warnervale transport masterplanTraffic modelling, designs, workshops and final masterplan focused on Pacific Highway between Watonabbi and Kanwal.Central Coast$1,000,000
Transport for NSWPicton Road and Hume Highway Intersection upgrade – business case, planning and designDevelopment of a strategic business case, concept designs and review of environmental factors to investigate a potential upgrade of the Hume Highway and Picton Road interchange near Wilton.Wollondilly$1,000,000
Central Coast CouncilLouisiana Road drainage upgrade – constructionNew kerbs and gutters, shared path, utility relocations and pavement work on Louisiana Road from Warnervale Road to Georgia Drive in Hamlyn Terrace.Central Coast$800,000
Transport for NSWM1 Princes Motorway - Figtree to Dapto – business casePreparation of strategic business case investigating new infrastructure and network solutions for the M1 Princes Motorway from Figtree to Dapto.Wollongong$1,000,000
Transport for NSWMain Road (MR195) upgrade – business case and planningPreparation strategic business case and technical studies to identify a program of works to upgrade Main Road and Cessnock Road between Mitchell Ave and New England Highway in Cessnock.Cessnock and Maitland$2,470,000
Biodiversity Conservation Trust of NSWNorth Cooranbong biodiversity offsetsEstablishment of offset areas to purchase and retire biodiversity credits within Lake Macquarie and Wyong.Lake Macquarie$2,830,877
Shellharbour City CouncilTripoli Way extension – land acquisition, planning and designLand acquisition, environmental approvals, heritage assessments and designs to extend and connect Tripoli Way to the Expressway in Albion Park.Shellharbour$4,200,000
Camden CouncilSpringfield Road upgrade – businesses cases and designPreparation of concept designs, strategic business case, detailed designs and final business case for the upgrade of Springfield Road from Camden Valley Way to Peter Brock Drive in Oran Park.Camden$3,027,000
Wollongong City CouncilNorthcliffe Drive extension – business case and designPreparation of strategic business case and designs to extend Northcliffe Drive to connect to the Princes Highway at Berkeley.Wollongong$400,000
Transport for NSWPacific Highway and Chain Valley Bay Road upgrade –business casePreparation of business case to upgrade Pacific Highway and Chain Valley Bay Rd intersection in Crangan Bay.Central Coast$500,000
Transport for NSWRaymond Terrace Road, Metford Road and Thornton Area transport masterplanPreparation of masterplan to support development of Maitland Hospital and Thornton and Chisholm urban release areas.Maitland$1,000,000
Biodiversity Conservation Trust of NSWCumberland Plain Conservation PlanProvides funding over 5 years to purchase land in the Cumberland Plain.Various across Western Sydney$20,000,000
Round 1 – 2010-19 (Rolling)
Transport for NSWOld Wallgrove Road upgrade – constructionConstruction of Old Wallgrove Road upgrade from Roberts Road to M7 Interchange in Eastern Creek.Blacktown$12,000,000
Transport for NSWErskine Park Link Road – planning and designPreparation of concept designs, traffic modelling, review of environmental factors and designs for the Erskine Park Link Road at Eastern Creek.Blacktown$13,760,000
Transport for NSWRichmond Road upgrade – constructionConstruction of Richmond Road upgrade between Bells Creek and Townson Road in Colebee and Marsden Park.Blacktown$6,741,916
Wollongong City CouncilFowlers Road Bridge – planning and designPlanning and design work for Fowlers Road Bridge to link Fairwater Drive and Fowlers Road in Dapto.Wollongong$600,000
Wollondilly Shire CouncilWilton Junction – planningReimbursement of costs for precinct planning and investigation process in Wilton.Wollondilly$618,660
Transport for NSWArchbold Road upgrade –planning and designPreparation of concept designs and a review of environmental factors for upgrade and extension of Archbold Road between the Great Western Highway, Minchinbury and Old Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek.Blacktown$1,850,000
Transport for NSWPitt Town Road intersection –
design and construction
Design and construction of four new intersections along Pitt Town Road in Pitt Town.Hawkesbury$8,074,000
Transport for NSWSouthern Link Road – planning and designPreparation of strategic and concept designs, review of environmental factors and a road network strategy for proposed corridor to add connection between Wallgrove Road in Kemps Creek and Mamre Road in Horsley Park.Fairfield, Penrith and Blacktown$7,930,000
Transport for NSWMain Road, Cessnock upgrade – options investigationPreparation of options paper for potential upgrade to Main Road (MR195) in Cessnock.Cessnock$1,160,000
Transport for NSWMain Road and Dora Street intersection upgrade – business casePreparation of business case to upgrade Main Road and Dora Street intersection in Dora Creek.Lake Macquarie$1,000,000
Transport for NSWNewcastle Link Road and Minmi Road intersection upgrade –
business case
Strategic business case for intersection upgrade at Minmi Road and Newcastle Link Road in Cameron Park.Lake Macquarie$1,200,000
Planning Ministerial CorporationHill Road and John Wing intersection upgrade – land transferFunding for Planning Ministerial Corporation to acquire land from Sydney Olympic Park Authority, break leases on Hill Road, and transfer land to TfNSW to commence intersection upgrade in Sydney Olympic Park.City of Parramatta$19,500,000

Satisfactory arrangements

The majority of SVPAs entered into by the department relate to a clause in councils’ Local Environmental Plans, which require the developer to make satisfactory arrangements for the provision of state infrastructure to service their development. These clauses require the infrastructure (or contribution towards its cost) to be secured before a planning authority can provide consent for development.

In most cases, a planning agreement must be in effect prior to certifying that satisfactory arrangements have been made.

Preparing a SVPA

To assist developers to enter into a SVPA the department has developed a digital service to expedite and streamline the process. This new online service enables developers and relevant parties to lodge and track applications with the department online via the NSW Planning Portal.

To contact us about a proposed development that may require a SVPA, please email the team at [email protected]

SVPA Digital Service

SVPA register

All SVPAs are publicly notified and made available for public feedback before they are finalised. All SVPAs are available to view on the SVPA Register including:

SVPA Register