City west affordable housing

Ultimo and Pyrmont

As part of thelong term strategy to redevelop the Ultimo/Pyrmont areathe Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 26 City West set out the planning principles for affordable housing that enabled contributions from the private sector towards affordable housing in the area. The affordable housing contribution provisions are now covered in the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012, which should be read in conjunction with:

  • Revised City West Affordable Housing Program (June 2010)
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) No. 70 Affordable Housing (revised schemes).

Refer to Links (see right) to access the documents listed.

The Ultimo/Pyrmont scheme aims to provide about 600 rental units for very low to moderate income households as development continues in the area over the next 15 to 20 years.

Affordable housing contributions form a condition of development consent.

City West Housing is currently the recommended affordable housing provider for Ultimo/Pyrmont (refer to Links).

Contribution rates and indexation

Affordable housing may be provided in-kind or instead as a monetary contribution. The contribution total is calculated on the basis of the total floor area that would otherwise be required to be dedicated for affordable housing. The total amount is calculated as follows:

  • Residential uses: 0.8% of the total floor area
  • Non-residential uses: 1.1% of the total floor area.

'Total floor area' is defined in the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012. Monetary contributions are indexed yearly on 1 July, based on the Revised City West Affordable Housing Program. You can get the current rate information from City West Housing (refer to Links).

Contribution payment

To make a payment you must first contact the City to obtain written confirmation of the amount payable and further details about making the payment.

All affordable housing contribution payments and bank guarantees for Ultimo/Pyrmont are paid to the NSW Department of Planning of Infrastructure. All cheques should be made payable to City West Housing Pty Ltd.


Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 SEPP No. 70 Affordable Housing (revised schemes)City West Housing Company


To obtain written confirmation from the City of the amount payable, please contact:

Planning Assessment Unit
02 9265 9363

All other payment enquiries should be directed to:

Affordable Housing Team
NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure
02 9228 6333

Last updated: Friday, 1 July 2016