Global city, local action
Sydney is recognised as Australia’s only global city and the leading knowledge-based economy in the nation.
More than $100 billion is generated each year within the City of Sydney local area representing over 7% of Australia's economy and providing over 437,000 jobs across all skills levels that offer diverse opportunities for diverse communities.
Despite the growth of business districts such as North Sydney, Parramatta, Olympic Park and the growth corridor to the north-west, the local area has maintained its pre-eminent role thanks to its large economic base including a dense network of globally competitive industries, well-developed infrastructure, good governance, and outstanding amenities and living environment.
Over the past 5 years our economy has proven its resilience by withstanding the global financial crisis. Nearly 2,000 business were added to the City since 2007. However, this does not mean the City’s economy is not faced with challenges that need to be addressed to maintain continued growth and Sydney’s global reputation for liveability.
The City's draft 10-year Economic Development Strategy, available for download below, will help deliver our vision for a dynamic, environmentally sustainable economy and a liveable city that works for residents, workers, visitors and students.
The strategic planning of a city involves all levels of government – federal, state and local – working in different but critical spheres.
The City is charged with a responsibility to engage in long-term strategic planning on behalf of the local community, workers, visitors and businesses who occupy the City and to address economic, social, environmental, cultural, civic leadership and land issues in an integrated manner.
The overarching aim of our 10-year strategy is to strengthen the City economy and to support business. It centres on further improving the solid foundations for success through creating opportunities for individuals, businesses, the community and future generations, and addressing the challenges that might otherwise limit Sydney’s potential growth as a global city.
The strategy builds upon the broad economic themes in Sustainable Sydney 2030 and takes into account contemporary economic challenges. It provides an overview of the City of Sydney’s economy today and identifies the future directions it may take.
The strategy takes an integrated approach on the basis of the City economy being influenced by a range of factors such as liveability and amenity, access to affordable housing for key workers, child care for parents, a diverse and well educated community, as well as those more commonly associated with the economy such as market access, sector specialisation, innovation and productivity.
The strategy sets out the City’s vision for the local economy and the strategies and actions to achieve that vision. It provides the rationale for engaging with priority industry sectors and delivering outcomes through detailed action plans such as retail and tourism, which are available for download below.
The draft City of Sydney Economic Development Strategy was released for public exhibition in July 2013.
Manager, Economic Strategy
Economic Strategy Unit
02 9265 9333
Last updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2013