About us

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The Greater Cities Commission was driving the visionary planning and coordination of Australia’s first global multi-city region – to deliver the benefits of global economic scale and local liveability for everyone who lives here.

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From A Metropolis of Three Cities to six cities

In March 2022, the Greater Cities Commission Act was passed, which changed the Greater Sydney Commission to the Greater Cities Commission and expanded our geographic remit.

The multi-city region includes the Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, Central Coast City, Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City. It is based on local government boundaries and feedback from local stakeholders.

Our history

2015

Greater Sydney Commission formed

The Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 is passed by the NSW Parliament, and the Greater Sydney Commission is formed.

2016

Six draft District Plans released

Six draft District Plans are released for the Greater Sydney region, inviting feedback on the proposed vision to 2036. The Plans were crafted to explore the unique opportunities and challenges of each of the Districts.

2017

Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan

The Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities is exhibited, introducing the idea of Greater Sydney as three connected cities. 

2018

Final plan: A Metropolis of Three Cities

Following consultation, A Metropolis of Three Cities is endorsed and finalised, aiming to rebalance growth and deliver benefits more equally to residents across Greater Sydney.

2019

The Pulse of Greater Sydney, Local Strategic Planning Statements

The Pulse of Greater Sydney (PDF, 14.63 MB) and Local Strategic Planning Statements are developed to monitor and report on the implementation of the Region and City Plans.

2020

City-Shaping Impacts of COVID-19

COVID-19 disrupted established patterns of life and work. The Commission analysed the first six months of available data to produce the City-shaping impacts of COVID-19 report, identifying nine critical focus areas of city-shaping fundamental to recovery and resilience.

2022

Greater Cities Commission formed, Six Cities Region Discussion Paper

In March 2022, the Greater Cities Commission Act is passed, which changed the Greater Sydney Commission to the Greater Cities Commission and expands our geographic remit.

The Six Cities Region Discussion Paper is launched, introducing the concept of the network of connected cities in NSW that lift each other up, while celebrating and leveraging each city’s unique character and strengths.

2024

Dissolution of the Greater Cities Commission

The Greater Cities Commission was dissolved on 1 January 2024 as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to bringing the strategic planning functions together, enabling a more coordinated response to emerging planning issues.