Measuring what matters

The Greater Sydney Region Plan and five supporting district plans set out a vision to manage growth and change in Greater Sydney. They were developed alongside Transport for NSW’s Future Transport 2056 and Infrastructure NSW’s State Infrastructure Strategy 2018‐2038.

In preparing the Plans, the Greater Sydney Commission heard from stakeholders and the community that it is not enough to simply prepare the Plans, we must also monitor and report on their implementation.

Monitoring is important as it helps us understand progress towards delivering the metropolis of three cities. Reporting provides transparency and accountability and enables State and local government to measure progress and inform future reviews of the Plans.

Objective 40 of the Region Plan – Plans refined by monitoring and reporting – sets out the approach to monitor and report on the Plans. In response this report, The Pulse of Greater Sydney:

  1. introduces performance indicators that monitor progress in delivering the vision for Greater Sydney
  2. reports on the progress of implementation of the Plans by State and local government.

Context data that tracks drivers such as population growth, housing supply, job growth and greenhouse gas emissions across Greater Sydney is available on our website at

Region-wide performance indicators have been formulated and tailored to reflect the specific requirements of Greater Sydney and its districts. They can also be applied at a local level.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney is the first comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework for Greater Sydney. We have identified and gathered the most recent publicly available data as no one government agency, council or organisation can do this alone. Over time we expect to expand monitoring and reporting as more data becomes available to help us understand how Greater Sydney grows and changes.

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