Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sydney 2050

It’s time to review our Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. After 10 years of work, we need to take stock of our progress and look to the challenges and opportunities our city and its communities will face in coming decades.

Planning for 2050

Green. Global. Connected.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals we have set for our city to help make it as green, global and connected as possible by 2030. The plan will transform the way we live, work and play.

Sydney 2030 came to life after we asked residents, visitors, workers and businesses what kind of city they wanted. People told us they wanted a city that cares about the environment, has a strong economy, supports the arts and that connects its people to each other and the rest of the world. Sydney 2030 is now the cornerstone of everything we do.


We will be internationally recognised as a leader with outstanding environmental performance and new ‘green’ industries driving economic growth.

We will reduce our carbon emissions, with a network of green infrastructure to reduce energy, water and waste water demands. We will plan for new housing opportunities integrated with vital transport, facilities, infrastructure and open space.


Sydney will remain Australia’s global city and international gateway with world-renowned tourist attractions and sustained investment in cultural infrastructure and facilities.

Our city will contain premium spaces for business activities and high-quality jobs in the city centre and support social, cultural and recreational facilities to attract and retain talent.

We will embrace innovation and new technologies to stimulate creativity and collaboration.


Central Sydney will be easy to get around with a walking and cycling network, and transit routes connecting our villages, city centre and the rest of inner Sydney. The City’s villages will continue to be strong focal points for community life and will encourage a sense of belonging.

Relative equality will be improved through increased affordable housing and better access to community facilities, programs and services across the local area. Cultural vitality will flow from high rates of participation in artistic expression, performance, events and festivals.

The City will commit to partnerships and cooperation between governments, the private sector and the community to lead change.

Celebrating Sydney as a great place to live, work and visit

Towards 2030

A number of projects being undertaken and strategies in place aim to make the local area an even better place to live, work and play.

Resilient Sydney

Developing resilience to physical, social and economic challenges in the 21st century.

Digital city

Our strategy to keep Sydney competitive in an increasingly digital world.

Business and economy

Helping to boost the economy of central Sydney. 

Communities and culture

Everyone belongs and can contribute to Sydney's cultural fabric.  


Our contribution to a sustainable future.  

Architecture and design

Helping maintain design excellence standards. 

Transport and access

Integrated transport plans for a thriving city. 

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 March 2019