A NSW Government website


Policies and Guidelines

Property and Development NSW's policies and guidelines outline our governing principles and intentions which supports the work that we do. This ensures we operate in compliance with our relevant legal and statutory responsibilities.

Government Property NSW Act 2006

Roles and Responsibilities for accommodation occupied by agencies

The Roles and Responsibilities documents below reflect the obligations of the parties in conjunction with the terms of any correlating transaction documents (Leases, Licences) for the Premises

Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce (PAUT)

The Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce (PAUT) was established to identify and make recommendations about capturing efficiencies in the NSW Government’s ownership, utilisation and management of its owned and leased property portfolio. The PAUT delivered their report to Cabinet in November 2012.

The Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce (PAUT) (PDF 2.1 MB)

Further Reform

Following a subsequent review of local and international best practice, the Government has adopted new principles to improve the management of government property assets and support the delivery of core services.

These principles, which are rolling out across government, include incentives to improve utilisation of Government’s property portfolio, separating property management from service delivery to ensure independence and transparency of these respective functions, further developing specialised property systems and capabilities, and undertaking more robust reporting on portfolio performance across whole of government.

The new principles will improve asset utilisation, enhance service delivery and drive savings for government, while increasing transparency across the Government’s property portfolio.

Property Infrastructure Policy (PIP)

In 2017, the NSW Government approved a new policy to assist agencies with the identification of surplus and underutilised real property assets and make whole-of- government decisions on the future use of these assets to support the State’s objectives.

The Property Infrastructure Policy will see Property NSW undertake detailed reviews of government’s property portfolio to identify surplus and underutilised assets which may be suitable for transfer to other government agencies or sold to deliver housing or social infrastructure.

The Policy will encourage a whole-of-government approach to the allocation of the State’s real property capital that will ultimately assist the State in delivering its significant infrastructure requirements.

The policy supports the NSW Government’s Housing Affordability Strategy, the Premier’s Priorities and complements the Greater Sydney Commission’s District Plans through the identification of land to deliver on housing and infrastructure requirements.

Community Use Policy (CUP)

The NSW Government has approved a policy allowing certain real property not required by the NSW Government for current or future service delivery to be offered to local councils for purchase to help deliver better community outcomes.

Through the Community Use Policy, Property and Development NSW will work with other NSW Government agencies to provide local councils the opportunity to acquire real property assets for community purposes that are surplus to NSW Government requirements, subject to satisfying specific criteria for community use.

Community Use Policy (PDF 954.4 KB)

Asset Utilisation Recycling Plan (AURP)


Excellence in sustainability management

Property NSW is committed to demonstrating excellence in sustainability management.

We have a leading role in implementing the NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP), which the NSW Government released in July 2014 to reduce operating costs and lead by example through improving resource and operational efficiencies.

The Policy announced new environmental performance benchmarks for NSW Government agencies and assigned Property NSW as the lead agency for a number of core policy commitments, including:

  • Government owned offices over 2,000m2 Net Lettable Area (NLA) must achieve at least 4.5 star NABERS Energy performance by June 2017.
  • Where agencies occupy at least 2,000m2 NLA within a leased property, all new and renewed leases of at least 2 years to require:
    • a Green Lease Schedule;
    • At least 4.5 star NABERS Energy performance by June 2017;
    • At least 4 star NABERS Water performance, where cost effective.
  • Inefficient leased office lighting to be upgraded (i.e. any lighting less efficient than 12 watts per square metre must be upgraded to 7 watts per square metre or less).
  • Minimum energy and water efficiency standards for new appliances and equipment.
  • All new offices to be designed and built with a predicted performance of at least 4.5 stars NABERS Energy and 4 star NABERS Water, where cost effective.

The Policy (M2014-08) replaces the NSW Government Sustainability Policy (M2008-28) and the Waste Reduction and Purchasing Policy (M2003-05).

Sustainability performance

Property NSW has demonstrated considerable progress against these sustainability commitments:

  • Property NSW's portfolio of large owned offices is now more energy and water efficient than it has ever been in terms of average NABERS Energy and Water performance.
  • Nearly two thirds of our larger leased office space (ie where Property NSW manages at least 2,000m2 NLA) is now within buildings that perform at 4.5 stars NABERS Energy or better – a significant achievement.
  • Approximately 200,000m2 NLA of the leased office portfolio now has a Green Lease.
  • NSW Government has recently been recognised by the Better Buildings Partnership as one of the leading tenants promoting collaboration and sustainability, leading by example with best practise leasing.
  • The Property NSW Annual Report 2013-14 highlighted a number of significant portfolio achievements between the 2011-12 and 2013-14 financial years for 49 of our large offices:
    • 10.1% emissions intensity reduction – from 145 down to 131 kgCO2-e per square metre.
    • 18.1% reduction in natural gas consumption.
    • 8.8% reduction in average electricity consumption per square metre over the same period

Property NSW will continue to report its sustainability performance annually.

Useful links

Business ethics

Business ethics

Property NSW is a division of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

In everything we do, we are expected to act, and be seen to act, in the public interest. Our interaction with the private sector, our commercial partners, and our suppliers must be undertaken with transparency and integrity.

Branding guidelines

The Housing and Property Group adheres to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Corporate Branding Guidelines.

For logo requests or a copy of of the branding guidelines, please contact:


The Rocks Commercial Outdoor Seating Fee Policy

To encourage outdoor seating and enhance the vibrancy of The Rocks, a Commercial Outdoor Seating Fee Policy has been developed.

The Rocks Commercial Outdoor Seating Fee Policy

Pesticide Notification Plan

This Pesticide Use Notification Plan (the Plan) has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2009 (the Regulation).

The Plan sets out how members of the community will be notified of pesticide applications (PDF 112.7 KB) within the Property NSW portfolio.

NSW Government Fitout Design Principles (Office Workplace Accommodation)

The guide articulates the required workplace fitout principles for new or upgraded Government commercial office accommodation (PDF 252.3 KB).