City-shaping impacts of COVID-19

Exploring the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 virus and the restrictions to reduce its impact on life in Greater Sydney.

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In 2020 the Greater Sydney Commission worked with stakeholders across Government to gather and interpret data to investigate the changes and the impacts of COVID-19 on Greater Sydney. The Commission also spoke to Greater Sydney's 33 councils, industry and other stakeholders.

How was Greater Sydney changing?

Analysis found that COVID-19 was accelerating existing trends. For example, with 47 per cent of Greater Sydney's employees able to work from home, the uptake of digital technology was accelerated as pressure reduced on the transport system. More health services were delivered digitally by telehealth conferences and more consumers were shopping online.