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The Place-based Infrastructure Compact

When preparing A Metropolis of Three Cities - the Greater Sydney Region Plan, Sydneysiders told us that the new jobs and homes needed to support our growing city must to be created in an orderly way - in the right places, at the right time.

This is what sparked the idea of a Place-based Infrastructure Compact (PIC): a strategic planning model that looks holistically at a place to better align growth with the provision of infrastructure and services.

The PIC provides a collaborative way for NSW Government agencies, utility providers and local councils to answer critical questions for transforming areas:

  • Can existing infrastructure be extended or improved, or is new investment needed?
  • What will it cost? 
  • How it will be funded?
  • When can it be delivered?

With support from over 20 government agencies, the Commission piloted the PIC model in GPOP.

Read a summary of the Place-based Infrastructure Compact model (PDF 2MB)

Read the full draft Paper about the GPOP PIC Pilot (PDF 6MB)


GPOP stands for Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula - a 6,000-hectare area at the core of the Central City, and the centre of Greater Sydney. It spans 13 km east-west from Strathfield to Westmead, and 7 km north-south from Carlingford to Lidcombe and Granville.

Our vision for GPOP over the next 20 years is for a city and urban hub at Greater Sydney's heart - Our true centre: the connected, unifying heart.

Already one of the fastest growing areas in Greater Sydney, GPOP will continue to be a major generator of new jobs and housing in the future. For GPOP to reach its potential it must become more liveable, productive and sustainable as it grows. The success of GPOP is a critical step in bringing the three cities vision to life.

Exploring the future of GPOP

Starting with the vision for GPOP, the 18-month PIC Pilot developed four realistic scenarios over 10, 20- and 40-years based on expected jobs and housing growth, and infrastructure and services to support them.

The scenarios were evaluated to identify the most cost-effective way to sequence growth in each of the 26 precincts across GPOP.

The PIC resulted in a clear understanding of what is needed, and the costs to support growth and create great places for the community and businesses. 

Read GPOP - Our true centre: the connected unifying heart (PDF 3MB)


The exhibition period to provide feedback on the GPOP PIC outcomes and the PIC model was from Thursday 7 November to Wednesday 18 December 2019. 

The Commission acknowledges and thanks every individual and organisation that provided feedback on A City Supported by Infrastructure - Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot. The consultation undertaken and feedback received on A City Supported by Infrastructure - Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot is now available in the Consultation outcomes report.

Feedback from stakeholders who have (to date) given permission to the Commission to publish their feedback are below.

View the feedback


The Commission submitted final recommendations to the NSW Government in March 2020. The final recommendations and the NSW Government's response can now be viewed on the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment's website. 

View recommendations and response


Draft A City Supported by Infrastructure - Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot November 2019 (PDF, 6MB)
PIC - Place-based Infrastructure Compact, Unpacking the New Model Summary Paper (PDF, 2MB)
GPOP - Our true centre: the connected unifying heart, Place-based Infrastructure Compact Pilot Summary Paper (PDF, 3MB)
GPOP vision document October 2016 (PDF, 12MB)
GPOP Engagement Report October 2016 (PDF, 6MB)
GPOP SGS Economics Report September 2016 (PDF, 5MB)
GPOP Evidence Pack November 2016 (PDF, 70MB)

More information:

For more information on GPOP and the Place-based Infrastructure Compact or Growth Infrastructure Compacts, please contact the Greater Sydney Commission.


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