About us
About us

About us

Who we are

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UrbanGrowth NSW) is a New South Wales Government agency. We work with government, the private sector and community partners to drive economic development including the renewal of urban places across metropolitan Sydney.

Our work supports the Premier’s Priorities to create jobs, deliver infrastructure, keep our environment clean and make housing more affordable. It aligns with the objectives set out in the Greater Sydney Region Plan and supporting district plans, as well as Future Transport 2056 and Building Momentum: State Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2038.

What we do

What we do

We inspire and enable the creation of extraordinary places by bringing together economic, social and environmental benefits. 

Our growth centres are located in metropolitan Sydney, including The Bays, Redfern-Waterloo and Parramatta North.

Our activities are governed by the Growth Centres (Development Corporations) Act 1974.

How we do it

How we do it

We promote, co-ordinate, manage and secure orderly economic development in our growth centres by:

  • consulting with the community, businesses, local organisations and other stakeholders
  • Conducting land use planning investigations and feasibility studies
  • developing overarching masterplans that integrate planning for economic and social development, schools, hospitals, infrastructure, transport, open space and a diversity of new homes and public places
  • owning, buying and selling government land, as necessary.

Our culture

Our values and behaviours are guided by our Culture Compass, which ensures that we work in a trusted, transparent and collaborative manner.

Why we do it

Why we do it


We believe the best urban places are those that offer economic, social and environmental benefits for the people of New South Wales.

As a NSW Government agency, we can bring together partners to facilitate the planning for, and development of, sustainable places within our designated growth centres.



Our history


New Growth Centres added

In July, The Bays Growth Centre and Parramatta North Growth Centre were added to the agency's responsibilities.


SMDA became UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation

The Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) became UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and inherited SMDA's growth centres and responsibilities.  In August 2013, the Cooks Cove Growth Centre was added.


Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority

The Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) was established under the Growth Centre (Development Corporations) Act 1974. SMDA was set up to manage and deliver urban renewal in the designated Redfern Waterloo and Granville growth centres.


Redfern-Waterloo Authority

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) was established under legislation to manage urban renewal in the Redfern-Waterloo area. It focused on change across the built environment, employment and enterprise, and human services delivery. On 1 January 2012 the RWA was dissolved.

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Contact us

For general enquiries please contact us on:

Phone: +61 2 9216 5700
Email: info@ugdc.nsw.gov.au