The NSW Government has launched Communities Plus and is calling for market interest to deliver world-class integrated social, affordable and private housing in NSW.

Communities Plus is a new and innovative partnership with government that harnesses the expertise and capacity of the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver integrated communities and improved social outcomes.

Communities Plus will be an ongoing program that redevelops Land and Housing Corporation sites throughout metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW. The seven initial sites will be transformed into sustainable mixed communities of around 3,000 new dwellings. This will include developments with pilot programs that link housing assistance to education, training and local employment opportunities. 

“Communities Plus will be at the forefront of encouraging people in social housing to be aspirational, not generational. Many of the new social housing units will be used to trial innovative programs that link housing assistance to participation in education, training and local employment opportunities to promote independence” — Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing.

Expressions of Interest (EoI)
for the Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park opened on
31 March and will close on
11 May 2016. To access the EoI visit the
NSW eTender website.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Neighbourhood Projects - Release 1 opened on 5 May and will close on 15 June 2016.

The Communities Plus sites are:

  • The 8 hectare Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park, to be transformed into a high quality integrated community of more than 556 social, 128 affordable and 1800 private housing; 
  • Neighbourhood Projects - Release 1 - Six sites for medium and high density development delivering an estimated 550 social, affordable and private dwellings in Gosford, Newcastle, Tweed Heads, Seven Hills, Telopea and Liverpool; and
  • Neighbourhood Projects - Release 2 - Additional sites in Penrith, Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta, Lane Cove, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Wollongong.
  • Other sites including Waterloo and Telopea

Communities Plus is well underway. Several key milestones have already been achieved with other key dates fast approaching:

  • 27th November 2015: Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park Registrations of Interest (RoI) opened
  • 4th December 2015: First Six Sites under the Communities Plus program Expressions of Interest (EoI) opened
  • 17th December 2015: Ivanhoe Estate RoI closed
  • 16th February 2016: Neighbourhood Projects - Release 1 Sites EoI closed
  • 23rd March 2016: Ivanhoe Estate Industry Briefing
  • 31st March 2016: Ivanhoe Estate EoI opens
  • 5th May 2016: Neighbourhood Projects – Release 1 Sites Request for Proposal open
  • 11th May 2016: Ivanhoe Estate EoI closes
  • 15th June 2016: Neighbourhood Projects – Release 1 Sites Request for Proposal closes
  • Mid 2016: Neighbourhood Projects - Release 2 Sites EoI opens

Please ensure you register for any ongoing communication and key dates by visiting the Register for Updates page.

If you have further queries about Communities Plus you can call 1800 436 635 Monday to Friday during business hours.