In collaboration with our Board and members, the Committee has developed 5 focus areas for 2017-18 which drive the direction of our work and provide a framework for our advocacy, events, publications and media activities.


1. An Inclusive City: Managing Sydney’s Growth and Prosperity

The population of Greater Sydney is expected to double in the next 40 years. The pressure is therefore to ensure that Greater Sydney is a more socially just and inclusive city. If we are to build a liveable and productive Sydney for 8 million, it cannot be based on the sprawl model of development – business as usual will simply not be able deliver a dynamic and sustainable Sydney. We have to design a future for Sydney which is about ‘density done well’ – a Sydney of smaller homes, great shared spaces, and bigger lifestyles.

Supported by the Planning, Housing and Governance Taskforce

2. A Smarter, Data-Driven City

There is renewed momentum for Sydney to become a ‘smart city’ that is data-driven and responsive. Sydney has a natural advantage in adopting and benefiting from new digital platforms and the Internet of Things. However, smart cities require smart governance, collaboration between the public and private sectors and imaginative use of digital platforms to engage with residents and businesses and enable them to find shared solutions to urban challenges. The Committee is dedicated to supporting Sydney’s journey to becoming an even smarter and more responsive city.

Supported by the Smart Cities Taskforce

3. Driving Sydney’s Productivity and Competitiveness

Sydney is the beating heart of the national economy. Our financial and professional services are the fastest growing sectors in the economy. To maintain global competitiveness we must embrace disruption and lead the way in the development of ICT services and innovation by stimulating collaboration between and within sectors. Our competitiveness is dependent on attracting the best global talent to our private and public sector organisations. Our appeal and growth as a city where the world wants to work requires us to cement our reputation as an innovation and entrepreneurial hub.

Supported by the Professional and Business Services Taskforce and the Financial Services Knowledge Hub

4. Keeping Sydney Moving

Truly competitive global cities have the transport infrastructure to match their aspirations. While Sydney’s transport offering continues to improve, we need a step-change in provision if we are to equal the performance and accessibility of our competitors. We must have a cohesive and long-term outlook on transport, with integrated public transport, smart systems with real-time data and innovation in new transport modes, to keep Sydney moving.

Supported by the Transport Taskforce

5. Protecting and Enhancing Sydney’s Appeal

It is the richness and diversity of what Sydney offers to businesses, visitors and newcomers which helps distinguish us from our competitors across the Asia-Pacific region. We must not be forget the important role of the cultural, sporting, leisure and visitor offering in a city’s appeal to global talent and investment. Efforts to promote Sydney externally can only be strengthened by ensuring Sydneysiders themselves support it, and as such the Committee is developing an approach to promote civic pride in Sydney, and reviewing how to maximise the benefits of sports and arts investments for local communities and precincts.

Supported by the Liveability/Loveability Taskforce

Download our 2017-18 Priorities Document