Everyone has a say in how our cities evolve

As a government organisation, we need to recommend the best balance between sometimes divergent interests. We seek the input of all those that have a stake in the outcomes of what we do, to enable the Government to make better decisions. 

Our commitment

We focus on planning and delivering major programs that will underpin the future prosperity of NSW, aiming to maximise the value of government land for the public good, improve amenity and liveability, and enable housing and jobs growth.

This is not possible without meaningful participation of stakeholders, which is why we are committed to stakeholder engagement and to continued learning and improvement in our engagement practice, to help realise our ambition to transform city living. 

We acknowledge that sometimes there will be pressures – budgetary, timing or resourcing, for example – that result in less than ideal processes. Sometimes there will be circumstances we can’t control that will result in ways of engaging that are seen as less than perfect. But that won’t happen for want of commitment or effort on our part. 

Why we engage

Stakeholder participation is recognised as fundamental to sound civic processes. People have a right to be informed about decisions that may affect them and because of the large scale, long life and complexity of the projects we work on, we need to include a very broad range of people and organisations.

Engagement helps UrbanGrowth NSW and our stakeholders to:  

  • identify shared goals
  • understand different stakeholders’ needs and expectations   
  • develop a shared understanding of opportunities and constraints 
  • build productive relationships
  • contribute information and ideas to achieve better outcomes.

Who we engage with

In our work at UrbanGrowth NSW, the stakeholders that we need to engage typically include the following groups:


  • Premier and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)
  • UrbanGrowth NSW portfolio and shareholder Ministers and their staff
  • other Ministers and their staff
  • state government partners
  • local government partners – officers and elected members
  • other state agencies, corporations and utilities
  • other local government officers and elected members
  • regional organisations of councils
  • members of parliament
  • federal agencies
  • interstate government land agencies.

Community and Business

  • residents, visitors and workers in and around project areas
  • community members from broader Sydney for city-shaping transformation projects
  • community groups and special interest groups
  • resident actions groups
  • advocacy groups
  • young people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • environment groups
  • sporting groups and clubs
  • schools and universities and their students
  • business chambers and other groups
  • general public and businesses
  • media organisations – metro, local and community language.

Industry and Professional

  • industry associations
  • professional associations
  • tertiary education institutions including universities and TAFEs, and their students


  • UrbanGrowth NSW Board
  • corporate management team
  • operational committees
  • corporate and project staff


Our practice is underpinned by principles that are widely accepted and promoted by engagement advocates in Australia and around the world:


Working together with stakeholders with an interest in delivering positive project outcomes


Supporting projects with engagement activities that deliver quality experiences and outcomes


Involving stakeholders early and throughout our planning and development processes


Being clear about the project purpose, level of influence and how the influence has shaped decisions


Engaging stakeholders with different needs and interests