Redfern Street

Redfern Street

Village characteristics

  • The Redfern Street village includes the suburbs of Chippendale, Darlington, Eveleigh, the western half of Redfern and the northern parts of Waterloo and Alexandria.
  • Residential development is characterised by medium density terrace housing in Darlington, Alexandria, Redfern and eastern Waterloo, with higher density housing in Chippendale and north-western Waterloo, including significant social (including public) housing estates.
  • Significant business uses are located in the west with the Darlington Campus of The University of Sydney and in the centre with Australian Technology Park, with light industrial uses to the south.

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 4,418 buildings
  • 1,174 business establishments employing workers
  • 19,402 workers
  • 2,910,634m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 16,449 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there were 94 additional businesses representing an increase of 8.7%. The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Food and drink
Retail and personal services
Creative industries
Professional and business services
Tourist, cultural and leisure 84
Higher education and research

In 2017 the sector with the largest growth was food and drink, which increased by 83 businesses (53.5% increase) in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 85.0% of all businesses, employing 28.0% of workers in the village.


There were 19,402 workers up 17.0% from 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:  

City-based industry sector Workers
Higher education and research
Professional and business services 3,371
Creative industries
Government 1,951
Social capital 1,376
Food and drink

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was professional and business services, which grew by 1,466 workers (77.0% increase) followed by social capital, which grew by 630 workers (84.5% increase) and government, which grew by 622 workers (46.8% increase) since the 2012 survey. The sector with the largest decline in worker numbers was transport and logistics, with a decrease of 865 workers (47.7% decrease).

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area increased by 0.2% to 868,129m² and accounted for 29.8% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Higher education and research 217,183
Transport and logistics
Creative industries
Tourist, cultural and leisure 103,173
Professional and business services 59,635
Social capital

Significant growth sectors in the village by business floor area were higher education and research, which grew by 28,063m² (14.8% increase) followed by food and drink, which grew by 14,564m² (72.3% increase). Negative growth sectors included transport and logistics, which declined by 34,175m² (24.0% decrease) and community, which declined by 14,192m² (36.4% 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 fell from 52.2m² per worker in 2012 to 44.7m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the professional and business services sector with 17.7m² for every worker, down from 29.8m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 846 hotel rooms (13.9% decrease), 102 serviced apartments (15.9% increase) and 230 backpacker beds (3.1% 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