Western Sydney is a large, dynamic region, characterised by a young and diverse community, a strong economy and a unique natural environment. Its advanced infrastructure supports one of Australia’s fastest growing urban populations.
Western Sydney is home to just over 1 in 11 Australians.
At June 2011 the regional resident population was an estimated 2.02 million people – an increase of 1.6% (31,350 people) over the previous year. This was above the NSW average 1.1% growth rate.
Western Sydney’s population is greater than South Australia and greater than the combined populations of Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
The region has experienced strong growth over the past four decades and this trend is continuing with the population forecast to reach 2.96 million by 2036.
The greater part of this growth will be in the Blacktown, Camden and Liverpool Local Government Areas (LGA) containing the North West and South West Growth Centres and, the developing regional centres including Parramatta and Penrith.
One third of the Western Sydney population has migrated to Australia and half of the world’s nations are represented among its residents. In the Fairfield LGA alone, over 70 different languages are spoken while Auburn is home to people from over 100 nations.
The largest urban communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in the region, primarily in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool and Penrith LGAs.
Western Sydney is where young people are choosing to begin their families. The population is younger on average than for Sydney generally. More than 1 in 3 people (37.3%) in Western Sydney are aged 24 years and under.
The resident community spans the social spectrum and includes areas of prosperity, enterprise and innovation and some areas of disadvantage.