Western Sydney is a big place; ranging from Auburn to the Blue Mountains and from Liverpool to Hawkesbury with a total land area of about 5,400 square kilometres, including national parks, waterways and parklands. The region has substantial residential, rural, industrial, commercial, institutional and military areas.

A unique place:

  • One of Australia’s largest and fastest growing regional populations
  • Home to a diverse and dynamic ethnic mix, the region is considered as one of the most multicultural in Australia.
  • A strategic distribution hub for goods throughout Australia with a significant transport and logistics sector.
  • A strong professional services sector with major commercial centres including Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.
  • Home to unique natural environments and important historical attributes.

Check the WSROC Region Community Profile for a demographic analysis of the region and its suburbs based on Census results and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

Key-statistics:Demographics

Greater Western Sydney is home to 1.9 million people, with approximately 1.6 million living in the WSROC area.

The population of the region is expected to grow by another 1million over the next twenty five years.

In 2011 over 40% of the population had been born overseas, with the highest concentrations in the Auburn (60%) and Fairfield (55%).

A large percentage of new migrants to Australia settle in Western Sydney.

The population is relatively young – 49% are under 35.

Economy

The economy of Greater Western Sydney is the third largest in the country, adding over $90 billion a year to the nation’s GDP.

Employment
  • 70% of the region’s population is of working age (15-64)
  • 65% of the labour force is employed full time
  • 29% employed part time
  • over 6% unemployment some pockets up to 11% (Fairfield)
  • 18% average youth unemployment
  • 30% of employed travel outside the region for work
Occupations
  • The main industries as employers of our residents are:
  • Manufacturing 13.4%
  • Retail trade 11.1%
  • Healthcare 9.3%
  • Construction 8.1%
  • Transport, postal, warehousing 6.5%
  • Education and Training 6.4%
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical services 5.4%
  • Financial and Insurance services 4.8%
  • Information, Media and Telecommunications  2.0%
Socio-economic Disadvantage
  • According to SEIFA rankings, four of Sydney’s five most socio-economically disadvantaged LGAs are in Western Sydney.