A socially just and resilient Sydney

The City’s draft Social Sustainability Policy and Discussion Paper were publicly exhibited from 29 March to 12 May 2016. The documents set out the City’s aspirational vision, principles and proposed framework for action to sustain a socially just and resilient Sydney – a city for all.

During the exhibition period, we undertook an extensive program of consultation, including a series of workshops and engagement activities with key sectors of the community. This included a formal stakeholder briefing and a sector forum.

The engagement ended with the “People’s Summit” – a large-scale deliberative democracy event, which brought together members of the community to explore the outcomes of the public exhibition period, and to guide our next steps.

More than 2,400 people were engaged through the public consultation program.

The feedback received overwhelmingly endorsed the City’s leadership in developing the policy, and the broad vision, principles and strategic directions proposed. The biggest concerns raised were about housing affordability, social diversity, respect and belonging, cultural vibrancy, and the provision and accessibility of green open spaces.

The feedback provided clear guidance on areas for action to strengthen the social wellbeing and resilience of the community, through a framework of shared responsibility.

The next step is developing an Action Plan that will clearly set out the actions the City will take. The plan will incorporate an evaluation framework and measures to track the progress of delivery against the vision and outcomes over time.

For more information about the City’s social sustainability work contact:

Allison Heller
Manager Social Strategy
Tel: 02 9288 5929
Email: socialstrategy@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


The City’s draft Social Sustainability Policy and Discussion Paper were publicly exhibited from 29 March to 12 May 2016. The documents set out the City’s aspirational vision, principles and proposed framework for action to sustain a socially just and resilient Sydney – a city for all.

During the exhibition period, we undertook an extensive program of consultation, including a series of workshops and engagement activities with key sectors of the community. This included a formal stakeholder briefing and a sector forum.

The engagement ended with the “People’s Summit” – a large-scale deliberative democracy event, which brought together members of the community to explore the outcomes of the public exhibition period, and to guide our next steps.

More than 2,400 people were engaged through the public consultation program.

The feedback received overwhelmingly endorsed the City’s leadership in developing the policy, and the broad vision, principles and strategic directions proposed. The biggest concerns raised were about housing affordability, social diversity, respect and belonging, cultural vibrancy, and the provision and accessibility of green open spaces.

The feedback provided clear guidance on areas for action to strengthen the social wellbeing and resilience of the community, through a framework of shared responsibility.

The next step is developing an Action Plan that will clearly set out the actions the City will take. The plan will incorporate an evaluation framework and measures to track the progress of delivery against the vision and outcomes over time.

For more information about the City’s social sustainability work contact:

Allison Heller
Manager Social Strategy
Tel: 02 9288 5929
Email: socialstrategy@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au