Sydney Night-Time Economy

Sydney's Night Time Economy. Image courtesy Liquor & Gaming NSW.

Sydney’s Night Time Economy. Image courtesy Liquor & Gaming NSW.

The NSW Government is committed to growing a vibrant, safe and diverse night-time economy (NTE) to enhance Sydney’s standing as a global city, and making the city a safe and great place to live, work and visit.

An estimated 610,000 people come into the city every day to work, shop, eat, visit attractions or be entertained.

Create NSW is leading a Taskforce to implement 25 Sydney night-time economy actions identified in the NSW Government Response to the Sydney Night-Time-Economy Roundtable Actions.

The actions were developed by a Sydney Night-Time Economy Roundtable, drawing participants from across business, community organisations and government agencies. The Roundtable provided a platform to discuss the barriers and opportunities of Sydney’s night-time economy and make recommendations for improvement. A copy of the Roundtable recommendations can be found here.

The Taskforce is focused on improving the diversity of arts and cultural offerings, including hospitality, retail and live music, whilst promoting safety, and cultural/ behavioural change.

Key actions include: 

  • Developing a Sydney night-time economy masterplan.
  • Investigating reforms to planning regulations to encourage new night-time offerings from entrepreneurs, creative and small businesses.
  • Working with stakeholders to improve the diversity of night offerings by encouraging and facilitating the use of vacant commercial spaces and public places.
  • Establishing a world class wayfinding system for visitors to access public transport hubs and major facilities.
  • Improving the connections between entertainment offerings to ensure lively streets
  • Exploring options for an increased late night retail and non-licensed premises trading program, and
  • Promoting Sydney’s diverse and vibrant night-life to encourage visitors and boost the local economy

The Taskforce was first convened in February 2017 and has commenced work on the implementation of the NSW Government NTE Actions.

Members of the Taskforce include:

  • Create NSW (formerly Arts NSW and Screen NSW)
  • NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Liquor and Gaming NSW
  • City of Sydney
  • NSW Health
  • NSW Police
  • Office for Police
  • NSW Department of Justice
  • NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • Destination NSW
  • NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation
  • Department of Industry
  • Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner
  • NSW Data Analytics Centre
  • Transport for NSW

The Taskforce has formed two sub-groups to focus on the areas of communication, planning and place activation.

The Taskforce will continue to engage with industry stakeholders throughout the implementation of the NTE actions. Create NSW will provide updates on the progress of the actions through this website.

In response to the statutory review of liquor reforms, lockout laws are being relaxed for eligible venues that host live entertainment in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross. Further information on the lockout and last drinks laws can be found on the Liquor and Gaming NSW website.

Venues that host live entertainment and wish to apply for the later lock out trial can access further information here.

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