Oxford Street

Oxford Street

Village characteristics

  • The Oxford Street village includes the suburbs Darlinghurst and parts of Paddington, Moore Park, Centennial Park and Surry Hills. The village has 2 distinct geographic areas – the northern section is triangular in shape and is bounded by William Street, Boundary Road, Campbell Street and College Street. While the southern section is bounded by Oxford Street, Centennial Park and Anzac Parade. The 2 sections are joined at Taylor Square.
  • Residential housing is predominantly located in 3 distinct areas – terrace housing in Darlinghurst surrounded by increasing multi-dwelling developments, terrace housing west of Victoria Barracks (near Taylor Square) and terrace, multi-dwelling and single housing in Paddington and Centennial Park. 

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 3,245 buildings
  • 1,334 business establishments employing workers
  • 16,323 workers
  • 2,560,854m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 11,868 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there were 3 fewer businesses representing a decrease of 0.2%. The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Food and drink
Retail and personal services
Creative industries
Tourist, cultural and leisure 151
Professional and business services 137
Higher education and research

In 2017 the sector with the largest growth was tourist, cultural and leisure, which increased by 23 businesses (18.0% increase) in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 90.1% of all businesses, employing 38.9% of workers in the village.


There were 16,323 workers down 6.5% from 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:

City-based industry sector Workers
Creative industries 2,665
Health 2,660
Professional and business services
Tourist, cultural and leisure 1,622
Food and drink

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was government, which grew by 807 workers (87.5% increase) followed by professional and business services, which grew by 314 workers (22.6% increase) and property development and operation, which grew by 187 workers (69.8% increase) since the 2012 survey.

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area increased by 6.8% to 1,048,793m² and accounted for 40.9% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Tourist, cultural and leisure 195,505
Creative industries 161,084
Transport and logistics 88,840
Higher education and research 70,164

Significant growth sectors in the village by business floor area were health, which grew by 33,637m² (20.5% increase) followed by tourist, cultural and leisure, which grew by 15,790m² (8.8% increase). Negative growth sectors included higher education and research, which declined by 7,878m² (10.1% decrease) and motor vehicle, which declined by 5,047m² (32.6% decrease) in the past 5 years.

Work space ratio 

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. The average work space ratio for all industry sectors increased from 56.2m² per worker in 2012 to 64.3m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the property development and operation sector with 15.4m² for every worker, down from 21.8m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 887 hotel rooms (7.8% decrease) and 321 backpacker beds (86.6% increase). 


  • Housing, pipeline development and forecasts can be found on the City Monitors page.
  • For information on the classifications for city-based industry sectors and space use divisions, please see the floor space and employment survey page.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019