Cruise Development Plan

Queen Mary 2 cruise ship in Sydney Harbour

The NSW Government is committed to growing our cruise industry to support tourism, jobs and economic growth.

In 2016–17 the cruise industry supported 12,841 jobs, injected more than $27 million into NSW regional communities, and $1.6 billion into the state overall, but that is set to grow with the support of the Cruise Development Plan.

The Plan

Cruise Development Plan

The Cruise Development Plan (CDP) delivers on a recommendation in the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan to create a long-term plan for the NSW cruise industry.

The NSW Government has invested more than $135 million upgrading cruise terminal facilities in Sydney Harbour and $44 million developing the ports of Newcastle and Eden.

The plan builds on the NSW Government’s significant investments in the state’s cruise industry. The CDP details ten actions to support the industry both in Sydney and in regional NSW, with options to address short, medium and long-term capacity constraints.

This will ensure that NSW remains a world-class cruise destination and continues to capitalise on economic benefits this industry brings to our state.

Download the NSW Cruise Development Plan

The Cruise Industry Reference Group

The CDP is the NSW Government’s response to recommendations from the Cruise Industry Reference Group (the Reference Group), led by the Hon Peter Collins AM QC.

The NSW Government accepted the recommendations from the Reference Group in December 2017. The Cruise Industry Reference Group recommendations can be found in appendix one of the CDP.

The Strategic Business Case

One of the CDP’s actions is to develop a Strategic Business Case to investigate the viability of potential sites, recommended by the Reference Group, for a new passenger cruise terminal.

The Strategic Business Case is the first step in a detailed process for understanding the feasibility and location of any new cruise infrastructure.

Before any decision is made, the NSW Government will consult extensively with the community and undertake detailed environmental studies.

Port Authority of NSW is managing the Strategic Business Case process.