City Deals

In Australia, we have some of the best cities in the world. As our cities grow and change, we need to plan for their future, together.

City Deals are a new approach in Australia, bringing together the three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place-based partnerships. We work to align the planning, investment and governance necessary to accelerate growth and job creation, stimulate urban renewal and drive economic reforms. City Deals will help to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities.

The uniqueness and diversity of cities across Australia means that we will get the best outcomes by tailoring our approach to designing and delivering City Deals. We've drawn upon our experience developing the first three City Deals in Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney as well as lessons from overseas.

What are the Australian Government's priorities for City Deals?

The Australian Government has identified six focus themes or areas for action under City Deals.

Depending on the city’s priorities, a City Deal might include investment, planning, policy and regulatory changes in relation to all or some of these focus areas. Click on the focus areas below for more information.

What is required for a City Deal?

City Deals will be most successful and deliver the best outcomes for the local community when they bring together the principles and conditions below.

Principles for a successful City Deal

  1. A shared vision for growth, reform and improvement
  2. A negotiated and customised approach, across the whole of government
  3. Transformative investment
  4. Institutional and governance reforms for sustained improvement
  5. Innovative financing and value capture

Conditions for a successful City Deal

  1. Willing and capable partners
  2. Opportunities to unlock economic potential and transform the City
  3. Alignment with broader investment and policy priorities

Read more about these principles and conditions in the Delivering City Deals fact sheet.

Developing a City Deal

The three phases of developing and delivering City Deals can be summarised as preparation, collaboration and implementation.



In Australia, we have some of the best cities in the world. As our cities grow and change, we need to plan for their future, together.

City Deals are a new approach in Australia, bringing together the three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place-based partnerships. We work to align the planning, investment and governance necessary to accelerate growth and job creation, stimulate urban renewal and drive economic reforms. City Deals will help to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities.

The uniqueness and diversity of cities across Australia means that we will get the best outcomes by tailoring our approach to designing and delivering City Deals. We've drawn upon our experience developing the first three City Deals in Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney as well as lessons from overseas.

What are the Australian Government's priorities for City Deals?

The Australian Government has identified six focus themes or areas for action under City Deals.

Depending on the city’s priorities, a City Deal might include investment, planning, policy and regulatory changes in relation to all or some of these focus areas. Click on the focus areas below for more information.

What is required for a City Deal?

City Deals will be most successful and deliver the best outcomes for the local community when they bring together the principles and conditions below.

Principles for a successful City Deal

  1. A shared vision for growth, reform and improvement
  2. A negotiated and customised approach, across the whole of government
  3. Transformative investment
  4. Institutional and governance reforms for sustained improvement
  5. Innovative financing and value capture

Conditions for a successful City Deal

  1. Willing and capable partners
  2. Opportunities to unlock economic potential and transform the City
  3. Alignment with broader investment and policy priorities

Read more about these principles and conditions in the Delivering City Deals fact sheet.

Developing a City Deal

The three phases of developing and delivering City Deals can be summarised as preparation, collaboration and implementation.