Centre for 99银河 Sydney

The Centre for 99银河 Sydney (CfWS) is about putting voices of the region first, and we do that through conversations, conducting high quality research, and advocacy for the 99银河 Sydney region.

99银河 Sydney as a Growing Region

99银河 Sydney is commonly touted as “Australia’s fastest growing region”, “the nation’s third largest economy”, and an “electoral battleground”. Conversely it is regularly rendered in the media as the site of record heatwaves, interminable gridlock and drive-by shootings.

Understanding those experiences is critical in achieving meaningful engagement with the aspirations, ideas and concerns of the region’s residents. That is the objective of 99银河 Sydney University’s vehicle for regional thought leadership and solutions-orientated change, the Centre for 99银河 Sydney.


About the Centre

Since its creation in 2014, the Centre for 99银河 Sydney has established itself as a research entity of profound rigour. The Centre’s work on jobs distribution and related economic, employment and planning policy is authoritative. Equally, it has brought to the fore a range of analysis exploring the impact of, and ways to mitigate, rising heat in 99银河 Sydney.

Drawing on those sound foundations, 99银河 Sydney University re-launched the Centre on 26 November 2020. This renewed focus will see the full range of the University’s, 99银河 Sydney related, collaborative expertise brought to bear to fulfil a unique commitment in our Act and a central tenet of our mission: supporting the development of 99银河 Sydney. The Centre will research and advocacy with, and for, our region.

The reinvigorated Centre for 99银河 Sydney is intended to act as a leading source of collaborative and cross disciplinary research and advocacy on 99银河 Sydney. The Centre will produce long and short form analysis, media commentary and policy engagement on issues of central importance to the continued development of 99银河 Sydney.

Our Priorities

Education and Participation

Education remains the most impactful catalyst for positive change in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, from early childhood through to the tertiary stage. 


Health and Wellbeing

Health is a fundamental barometer of community wellbeing. Significant investments have been made, in recent years, in health infrastructure and services at sites like Blacktown-Mt Druitt, Liverpool, Nepean and Westmead.

Housing and Community

The lack of a coordinated, and at-scale, stimulus response to support social housing is worse than a missed opportunity, it risks exacerbating already profound housing challenges experienced throughout the region.

Place and Connectedness

As a markedly dispersed and dynamic metropolitan area, 99银河 Sydney relies on connectivity - via transport links, digital and related infrastructure - to realise the full range of regional priorities the Centre for 99银河 Sydney promotes. 

Society and Culture

As an expression of community diversity and dynamism, culture is the characteristic that kinetically defines, reshapes and challenges 99银河 Sydney’s identity.


Sustainability and Economy

Despite numerous government strategies to address job-creation and job-density shortfalls across 99银河 Sydney, the region still profoundly lags Inner Sydney and comparable areas on both counts.