Performance indicators

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How the indicators were developed

The Greater Sydney Region Plan sets a vision for Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities where most residents live within 30 minutes (by public transport or walking) of their jobs, education and health facilities, services and great places. Within the Plan are 10 Directions, aligned with this vision, that establish the aspirations for Greater Sydney over the next 40 years.

The performance indicators draw on the 10 Directions to measure progress of the Plan’s implementation.

The development of performance indicators fulfils Action 14 from the Greater Sydney Region Plan and associated district plan actions – Develop performance indicators in consultation with State agencies and councils that measure the 10 Directions to inform inter-agency, State and local government decision-making.

It is important to note that as the Plan spans 20 years, it may be some time before we begin to see change. This first year the indicators establish a starting point from which to measure progress.

In developing the indicators, the Commission engaged with and listened to people about what matters to them in Greater Sydney. We listened to the community, State agencies (including the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Transport for NSW), councils, together with social, environment and industry peak groups. We also hosted a Citizens Panel of 100 people from across Greater Sydney as a key input. Key themes emerged from our engagement, including:

  • the desire for jobs to be closer to where people live, together with access to affordable and quality education
  • the need for better access to, and reliability of, public transport and more opportunities to walk and cycle safely across the city
  • the desire for more trees and open space for place-making and climate resilience, creating a better quality of life
  • improved housing choice and affordability, to be able to live close to family and friends within local areas
  • feeling safe and socially connected with local access to shared community facilities and events.

Our stakeholders reinforced that cities are multi-functional places with layers of activity and competing demands. It is difficult to capture this complexity in a single metric. We have therefore developed four indicators that draw together the interrelated aspects of the 10 Directions to measure progress towards evolving to a metropolis of three cities.

In this context, the four indicators reinforce the basis of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the five supporting district plans as follows:

The indicators have been designed to be applied at different geographic scales. This means they can be used to monitor the whole metropolis or a district or a precinct allowing us to compare or aggregate the data.

The relationship of the performance indicators to the objectives of the Region Plan is shown below.

The indicator matrix shows the intersection of the performance indicators with the 10 Directions for a Greater Sydney.

The following pages provide a summary of the Greater Sydney performance indicators: their purpose, goal, findings and future focus. The performance indicators section contains the detailed analysis and findings for the Greater Sydney Region. The implementation section includes a brief analysis of the performance indicators at a district level.

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If you want to see the data we have collected to date together with links to sources visit the Greater Sydney Dashboard.

Source of data - Where possible we use the latest data available, for example data generated by Transport for NSW using current timetables. In many cases we have relied on Census data, such as the journey to work data. Data sources for all of the information provided in the figures are listed under ‘References’ at the end of the report.

Relationship of performance indicators to the objectives of the Greater Sydney Region Plan

PI 1: Jobs, education and housing

Relevant Greater Sydney Region Plan Objective - Evolving to a metropolis of three cities

Objective 1: Infrastructure supports the three cities
Objective 6: Services and infrastructure meet communities’ changing needs
Objective 10: Greater housing supply
Objective 11: Housing is more diverse and affordable
Objective 15: The Eastern, GPOP and Western Economic Corridors are better connected and more competitive
Objective 21: Internationally competitive health, education, research and innovation precincts
Objective 22: Investment and business activities in centres
Objective 23: Industrial and urban services land is planned, retained and managed
Objective 33: A low-carbon city contributes to net-zero emissions by 2050 and mitigates climate change
Objective 36: People and places adapt to climate change and future shocks and stresses

 

PI 2: 30-minute city

Relevant Greater Sydney Region Plan Objective - Evolving to a metropolis of three cities

Objective 1: Infrastructure supports the three cities
Objective 6: Services and infrastructure meet communities’ changing needs
Objective 14: A Metropolis of Three Cities – integrated land use and transport creates walkable and 30-minute cities
Objective 22: Investment and business activities in centres
Objective 36: People and places adapt to climate change and future shocks and stresses

 

Performance Indicator - PI 3: Walkable places

Relevant Greater Sydney Region Plan Objective - Evolving to a metropolis of three cities

Objective 7: Communities are healthy resilient and socially connected
Objective 12: Great Places that bring people together
Objective 14: A Metropolis of Three Cities – integrated land use and transport creates walkable and 30-minute cities
Objective 31: Public open space is accessible, protected and enhanced
Objective 32: The Green Grid links parks, open spaces, bushland and walking and cycling paths
Objective 33: A low-carbon city contributes to net-zero emissions by 2050 and mitigates climate change

 

Performance Indicator - PI 4: Addressing urban heat

Relevant Greater Sydney Region Plan Objective - Evolving to a metropolis of three cities

Objective 7: Communities are healthy resilient and socially connected
Objective 12: Great Places that bring people together
Objective 26: A cool and green parkland city in the South Creek corridor
Objective 30: Urban tree canopy cover is increased
Objective 36: People and places adapt to climate change and future shocks and stresses
Objective 38: Heatwaves and extreme heat are managed

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