Late night research

Late night research

Measuring change

The late night management areas research project collects information about Sydney's night-time economy. The research helps the City to monitor and manage the night-time economy and measure progress against targets set out in the OPEN Sydney strategy and action plan.

By 2030, the City hopes the night-time economy will be transformed from a focus on younger people and drinking to one where 40% of people in the City at night will be aged over 40 and 40% of businesses open at night will be shops.

Researchers count pedestrians, observe activity and behaviour in the streets, record what businesses are open and survey people collecting information such as their reasons for coming into the City at night, where they are coming from and their transport options.

The research project is our key measure to monitor changes over time.

The project started in 2010 and 3 phases of research have been completed to date.

2012 research

The most recent research was conducted on a Friday and Saturday night in December 2012, across 8 precincts between 6pm and 5am:

  • CBD (George Street)
  • Oxford Street
  • Kings Cross
  • Newtown (King Street)
  • Surry Hills (Crown Street)
  • Glebe (Glebe Point Road)
  • Pyrmont (Harris Street)
  • Redfern (Redfern Street).

Report cards for each precinct can be downloaded below.

2010 research

The 2012 research covered a longer time period and more survey areas than the 2010 research, available for download below, therefore some aspects are not directly comparable.

The research that is directly comparable shows a decrease in the numbers of people in the City's late-night trading precincts after 11pm and a decrease in the chance of seeing an incident of anti-social behaviour in those areas.

The City is committed to conducting this research regularly.

Future phases of the research will be directly comparable as the time periods and survey areas will remain consistent.

Last updated: Wednesday, 9 April 2014