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New university campus in Parramatta/Westmead to attract students and jobs

14 December 2020

A framework agreement between the NSW Government and the University of Sydney is set to deliver a world-class multi-disciplinary campus within the Westmead Health and Innovation District.

Artist impression: new university campus at Parramatta/Westmead


Over the next 30 years, NSW Government’s vision for the Westmead Health and Innovation District is expected to create over 20,000 new jobs and contribute an additional $2.8 billion of economic output each year to the NSW economy.

The new university campus will build on the district’s role as one of the largest health, education, research and training precincts in Australia. Pending final agreement, it hopes to attract more than 25,000 students and 2500 staff by 2055 and provide affordable student and staff accommodation.

The agreement marks the next step in exclusive negotiations between the NSW Government and the University of Sydney, which commenced in November 2018.

It confirms the University of Sydney as the ‘educational anchor’ for the government’s planned innovation district, based on the university’s leading status as a top-100 global university.

It also confirms a site for the new campus in Parramatta North adjacent to the Westmead hospitals, and a process for ongoing engagement once land for the proposed campus becomes available for development. 

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the committment by the University of Sydney will transform the precinct by offering a comprehensive suite of university courses beyond health studies.

"Parramatta City has established itself to be the education capital of Western Sydney," Mr Lee said.

Find out more about the framework agreement.

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