Australian City Deals in focus
Examining the key initiatives of the nine current Australian city deals
10 August 2020
Within national policy frameworks, City Deals have emerged as primary vehicles for the Commonwealth to fund ‘catalytic infrastructure investments’ while also driving ‘urban governance and land use reform’. City Deals are also nominated as an important mechanism for the Commonwealth to support regions in accommodating population growth and change.
At the end of 2019 nine City Deals had been announced: Townsville, Launceston, Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, South East Queensland, Western Sydney and Geelong.
|Australian City Deals (to July 2020)||Key initiatives|
Adelaide City Deal
A ten year agreement between the Australian Government, the Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide
Signed: 19 March 2019
Darwin City Deal
A ten year plan between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, together with the City of Darwin
Signed: 16 November 2018
Geelong City Deal
A ten year plan with the Australian and Victorian Governments, together with the City of Greater Geelong, to deliver $370 million in investment to the region
Signed: 11 March 2019
Hobart City Deal
A ten year vision between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils
Signed: 24 February 2019
Launceston City Deal
A ten-year plan between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston
Signed: 20 April 2017
Perth City Deal
The Australian Government will work with the Western Australian Government and the City of Perth to settle the commitments
Announced: 15 December 2019
City Deal for South East Queensland (SEQ)
The Australian Government in partnership with Queensland Government and the Council of Mayors (SEQ)
Signed: 12 February 2019
The Statement of Intent is centred on six priority areas:
Townsville City Deal
A 15 year commitment between Australian Government, Queensland Government) and Townsville City Council
Signed: 13 June 2016
Western Sydney City Deal
A partnership between the Australian Government, NSW Government, and local governments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly
Signed: 20 June 2016
Focus on the Western Sydney City Deal
The Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD) provides a 20-year framework for coordinating existing and new investment, planning and infrastructure provision across federal and state governments and the eight local councils within the Western Parkland City.
The 38 commitments listed in the deal focus on ‘a liveable 30-minute city, with infrastructure and facilities that bring residents closer to jobs, services, education and the world’. The deal anticipates 200,000 new jobs, largely stimulated by the Western Sydney Aerotropolis (based around the Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek), and a series of initiatives around industry investment, agribusiness, science and technology, and higher education are being progressed.
Improved connectivity through public transport investment is a key theme, with the centrepiece being a North South Rail Link. The NSW state government has also committed to establishing rapid bus services from the centres of Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown to the Western Sydney International Airport.
Western Sydney City Deal commitments
|Connectivity (digital and smart technology)|
|Jobs for the Future|
|Skills and Education|
|Liveability and Environment|
|Planning and Housing|
|Implementation and Governance|
Source: AHURI Final Report No. 331
Australian city deals have been influenced by the UK City Deals. The UK model along with other international place-based deals are examined in this AHURI Brief.