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22nd February 2024: Ambitious economic plan for the region unveiled

A bold economic plan that through new industries and a job-to-workers ratio like Sydney’s east, could see Western Sydney add $100 billion to the state’s economy and 675,000 extra local jobs in just over a decade.

9th November 2023: Western Sydney at epicentre of the state's housing crisis

A new report reveals the house squeeze only likely to worsen as the region prepares to accommodate nearly two-thirds of Greater Sydney’s overall population growth.

20th October 2023: Analysis reveals the Western Sydney suburbs at ground zero of the gambling epidemic

A new issues paper reveals the three areas in Western Sydney that are at the epicentre of gambling related harm, accounting for one-third of Sydney’s poker machine losses.

25th September 2023: New report aims to bridge the divide for people of Western Sydney

Following the release of the NSW State Budget, the Centre for Western Sydney has published a new report calling for greater empowerment of Western Sydney communities.

31st August 2023: VC's Fellows announced

Three impactful, community-focused Western Sydney University research projects will be supported through the Vice-Chancellor’s Centre for Western Sydney Fellowship Fund in 2023.

24th August 2023: Funding awarded for new research on closing the digital gap in First Nations communities in Western Sydney

The Centre for Western Sydney has secured funding from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) to investigate the ‘digital divide’ effecting many Indigenous (Australian) people in Western Sydney.

19th July 2023: In conversation with the Premier on his priorities for Western Sydney

In a public address at Western Sydney University, Premier of NSW, the Hon Chris Minns MP, has outlined Labor’s priorities for the next four years and demonstrated a commitment to addressing the urgent challenges facing Western Sydney.

23rd May 2023: Centre for Western Sydney appoints new Director

The Centre for Western Sydney’s status as a leading source of research and advocacy on its region will continue to grow following the appointment of its new Director, Dr Rhonda Itaoui, who will commence in July 2023.

4th May 2023: Community holds the key to unlocking Parramatta's vibrant future

A new report consolidates the results of public consultations and surveys, undertaken following the release of ‘The Glover Review’ on Parramatta as a global city in 2022.

16th March 2023: Report calls for the west to be given fair share of arts and cultural funding

A new report has addressed the inequities in funding, infrastructure and resources that have restricted the success of Western Sydney’s arts sector, in comparison to Eastern Sydney.

15th March 2023: Cost of living to influence Western Sydney voters, analysis finds

The Centre for Western Sydney has released a detailed new analysis ahead of the NSW election, finding the soaring costs of living combined with rapidly rising mortgage and rental costs, will heavily influence voting behaviours across Western Sydney.

9th March 2023: NSW election interviews delve into critical western Sydney issues

The Centre for Western Sydney has launched a new series of video interviews, which analyse the broad range of issues that may influence voter behaviour in the lead-up to the New South Wales state election.

23rd February 2023: Western Sydney centre stage in NSW election forums

Education, housing and cost of living produced some charged exchanges and deep contrasts, along with hints of convergence, as both parties made their case to Western Sydney voters.

22nd February 2023: Inaugural Special Advisor appointed

Professor Andy Marks has announced Cat-Thao Nguyen, Managing Director of Global Ready LLC and inclusive leadership strategist, as the Centre’s first official Special Advisor.

6th February 2023: Gambling is Western Sydney’s silent epidemic, new analysis finds

New analysis sheds light on the extent of the gambling epidemic in Western Sydney, with the region enduring 63 per cent of Sydney’s electronic gaming machine losses despite only containing 52 per cent of its population.

3rd February 2023: Hear from both sides of politics on region’s critical issues

Western Sydney will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from representatives of the Labor and Liberal parties about critical issues affecting the region, as part of a series of special election forums in February.

7th December 2022: Centre for Western Sydney farewells Inaugural Principal Research Fellow

The Centre for Western Sydney extends its congratulations and well-wishes to Associate Professor Rae Dufty-Jones, who has stepped down from her role as Principal Research Fellow in the Centre to take on a new opportunity.

18th November 2022: CatalystWest 2022 - it is time for a reset in Western Sydney

This year’s CatalystWest – western Sydney’s largest ideas forum – will bring together the best and brightest minds to hit the reset button and make headway on the most pressing issues impacting the region.

28th October 2022: New Analysis Highlights Entrenched Inequities Impacting Western Sydney's Surging Skilled Labour Market

A Centre for Western Sydney analysis of recently released 2021 Census data has revealed a remarkable surge in western Sydney’s skilled labour market as well as entrenched inequities that are putting those gains at risk.

7th September 2022: Inaugural recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Centre for Western Sydney Fellowship Fund Announced

The Centre for Western Sydney has spearheaded a new seed funding initiative to support early career researchers at the University whose research is focused on tackling the critical issues facing the people of Western Sydney and promoting the resilience of its vibrant and diverse communities.

26th November 2020: Centre for Western Sydney Relaunched to Advocate for Region

In response to the significant social and economic challenges facing Sydney’s West, Western Sydney University has re-launched its ‘Centre for Western Sydney’ — an innovative research, policy and advocacy hub, that in partnership with community, industry and government, will address the pressing issues of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.