Healthy & inclusive places

Our goal | Create the world’s most liveable urban communities

What does it mean?

We will create liveable places founded on equity, affordability and inclusion. 

Liveability describes the ability of a place to deliver quality of life to its residents and community. It measures how a place creates economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunities, physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as recreation, culture and entertainment. 

Liveable communities are healthy and inclusive. They are well connected by public transport to cultural and economic opportunities near and far.

Our success will be measured by our Community Wellbeing Index, aligned to the Greater Sydney Commission Liveability Framework, and benchmarked against the Deakin University Personal Wellbeing Index.

Why is it important?

Sydney’s population is growing fast and we need to think about smarter ways to get the most out of available land.

A well-designed community takes into account the needs of both people living today and future generations: where they work, where they learn, how they spend their leisure time, and how they move around. 

We also believe that the natural environment should be a key component of the built environment. This means including green space and championing the conservation of existing natural habitats.

Sustainable Goals

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A primary objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “end poverty… and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. We couldn’t agree more – which is why we are focusing our efforts on creating healthy and inclusive places founded on equity for people of all ages and abilities.

We believe that equity is at the heart of liveability and prosperity. We are looking at community connection, safety and wellbeing, quality design, engagement, and health, equity and inclusion across all of our projects. Goal 11 sums it up – “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.


New Urban Agenda

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Habitat III - New Urban Agenda - has shared  a vision for cities and human settlements globally. 

That includes nations such as Australia, and those less fortunate. By embedding this shared vision for cities in the way we approach urban renewal, we can support the following social equity outcomes sought by the New Urban Agenda.

100 Resilient Cities

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Heat waves, storms and bushfires, too much and too little water, and major infrastructure failures such as blackouts are all acute shocks that impact the health, wellbeing and stability of Sydney.

To help reduce or mitigate these impacts, we’re building resilience and adaptation into every project. All projects will undertake Climate Change Adaptation and Community Resilience planning; and focus on building connections and inclusion.

The more resilient and connected we are, the easier it will be as a community to reduce stresses, and thrive in times acute shocks – rather than just survive.

COP21 Paris Agreement

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In February this year, we scorched through one of the most extreme heat waves on record. Escalating extreme conditions impact the way we use spaces and experience places. To manage and help mitigate these impacts, must consider how we design places for people.

We have aligned our Healthy & Inclusive Places to key Paris Agreement outcomes; and considered how to best ensure equity and inclusion for all.


Healthy and Inclusive Places targets and priorities have been based on research and international benchmarking, and developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Community connection

We will nurture wellbeing and connection for all that live, work and play in our communities.


  • Arts and culture will be embedded into the creation of all new projects; and the existing character of place will be integrated into the new development to preserve local heritage
  • Foster the integration of existing community networks and facilities into existing and future projects


  • Drive innovative solutions for education, health and wellbeing infrastructure and services to our communities based on shared value approaches

Health, equity & inclusion

We will create healthy, equitable, and inclusive outcomes for all members of our communities.


  • All new projects will be designed to foster health and active living, through design-led interventions for passive recreation, fitness amenities, and access to fresh food and/or services
  • All new projects are designed and delivered to achieve high quality walkability to key amenities, services, public transport and employment
  • All new projects will be modelled to reduce car dependence against the 2016 Sydney metro average with a reduction target of 80% of inner-city congestion and 50% of Greater Sydney congestion
  • Deliver affordable housing across our project portfolio in line with government policy 
  • In addition to any State Environmental Planning Policy or legislative requirements, 20% of dwellings across all new projects are ‘Design’ and ‘As-Built’ Liveable Housing Australia Silver Certified


  • Refine our business position and identify opportunities to positively impact diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Develop a Health & Wellbeing Strategy
  • Release a Draft Housing Affordability and Diversity Policy for public comment

Quality design

We will optimize the aesthetic, practical and sustainable quality of design for our communities.


  • All projects to undergo peer review through our Design Directorate or nominated independent design review panel


We will drive strong engagement with our communities and stakeholders


  • All projects to conform with the UrbanGrowth NSW's community engagement policy ‘Join-In Protocol’. This protocol is the industry best practice for stakeholder engagement practice

Safety & wellbeing

We will promote a culture of health, safety and wellbeing in all that we do and all that we oversee.


  • We will foster a culture of safety throughout our organisation and all UrbanGrowth NSW projects, with the aim of an incident and injury-free record