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About Landcom

Supporting government initiatives, growing new communities

Increasing housing affordability, supply and diversity to people in NSW is a priority for the NSW Government. Housing affordability in Sydney is a particularly important issue. Landcom is committed to addressing the housing affordability issue and supporting the NSW Government by delivering the local infrastructure to help develop new, and thriving communities.

We are experienced in unlocking surplus or underutilised government-owned sites, or large institutional land holdings, to create vibrant urban places with housing choices, community facilities, open spaces and access to sought-after services.

With a long and proud history of building award-winning sustainable urban developments and delivering civic projects, which add economic and social value to the state, we’re expert master planners. Whether on vacant land, or established sites, we’re regularly relied upon by the NSW Government to manage strategic and complex residential projects.

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Who we are

We are the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation.

We are a State Owned Corporation working with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver exemplary housing projects that provide social and economic benefits to the people of NSW.

Our mission is to create more affordable and sustainable communities.

We aim to create innovative and productive places that demonstrate global standards of liveability, resilience, inclusion, affordability and environmental quality.

Our role is to help the Government achieve its urban management objectives.

We take a lead role in improving the supply, diversity and affordability of new housing in Sydney and NSW.

We do this through partnerships with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors that deliver industry-leading urban developments.

Our Strategic Directions

We are not a developer in the conventional sense. Our focus is on supporting the NSW Government’s housing affordability priorities and broader urban management objectives.

We use our sites and our close working relationships with the private sector to deliver quality, socially inclusive community places, where people can grow and thrive – regardless of income levels and stages of life. We pride ourselves on delivering housing choices that demonstrate excellence in sustainable urban development and planning practice.

Supporting the NSW Government means we focus our core activities into three broad areas:

  • Housing

    Increase affordability, supply and diversity of new housing

  • Partnerships

    Partner with others to unlock development opportunities and improve delivery

  • Leadership

    Demonstrate excellence in sustainable development and planning practice

Our governance & statutory objectives

our governance structureAs a State Owned Corporation we operate under the Landcom Corporation Act 2001.

Our Portfolio Minister is The Hon Dr Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Our Shareholder Ministers are the NSW Treasurer, the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, and the Minister for Finance, the Hon Damien Tudehope MLC.

Our activities are guided by the following objectives in the Act:

  1. To be a successful business and, to this end:
    1. operate at least as efficiently as any comparable businesses; and
    2. maximise the net worth of the State’s investment in us;
  2. To exhibit a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which we operate;
  3. To protect the environment by conducting our operations in compliance with the principles of ecologically sustainable development contained in section 6 (2) of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991;
  4. To exhibit a sense of responsibility towards regional development and decentralisation in the way in which we operate;
  5. To undertake, or assist the Government in undertaking, strategic or complex urban development projects;
  6. To assist the Government in achieving its urban management objectives; and
  7. To be a responsible developer of residential, commercial and industrial land.

The first four apply to all State Owned Corporations and the final four are specific to our organisation.

In addition, we are under Ministerial Direction from September 2017 to:

  • Increase the affordability, supply and diversity of housing;
  • Build successful partnerships in delivery; and
  • Demonstrate leadership in sustainable development excellence.

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Timeline

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1976: The beginning

In 1975 the Whitlam federal government initiated the establishment of state land commissions. In 1976, following the NSW state election, the Wran government established the Land Commission of New South Wales (what would later become Landcom).

The organisation’s main purpose was to acquire land for present and future urban development and other public uses, with sales to be made at the ‘lowest practicable price’.

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1985 - 1994: A focus on consolidation and sustainability

By the mid 1980s Landcom had become an active supporter and driver of urban consolidation, creating a Special Projects Unit in 1985 to concentrate on promoting medium density development with smaller lots and innovative design.

During the the early 1990s the organisation also developed a focus on sustainability, and worked to stop Sydney’s urban sprawl by focusing on urban infill and medium density greenfields development.

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1995 - 2001: Towards complex urban renewal projects

The organisation began an important shift, moving away from greenfields development and into urban redevelopment projects in the inner and middle-ring suburbs of the Sydney metropolitan area.

This shift coincided with the opportunity to assist the government in its urban consolidation policy, and as a result Landcom began developing expertise in urban renewal. During this time the organisation also undertook a management review and appointed an eight-member external Board.

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2002: Corporatised under the Landcom Corporation Act

In 2002, Landcom became a State Owned Corporation under the Landcom Corporation Act 2001. Landcom had a new stated aim: to become a leader in urban design, environmental sustainability, and community creation. During the 2000s an important focus of the organisation was setting the highest standards in sustainability principles across its portfolio of projects.

There was also a renewed focus on joint ventures with both the private sector and government. This allowed the organisation to make development less costly, less time consuming, and more efficient, but without compromising any of the standards or probity expected of a public agency.

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2013 - 2017: A new mandate trading as UrbanGrowth NSW

In 2013, Landcom started trading as UrbanGrowth NSW. The new name signified a change in direction and a new government mandate for the organisation. Activities transitioned from housing supply of predominantly greenfield development to focus on delivering a portfolio of seven major urban renewal and infill developments. In 2015, the organisation was challenged to supply the equivalent of 20,000 new homes sites over the following four years to meet the needs of Sydney’s growing population. We achieved this target in 2019. 

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2017: Tasked with an active role in improving housing affordability

The NSW Government reassigned UrbanGrowth NSW's portfolio into three separate organisations. Landcom was refocused by the Minister for Planning and Housing, The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, to take an active role in supporting the NSW Government's housing agenda including increasing housing affordability, supply and diversity throughout the state.