Labor Position on City Deals

A Labor Federal Government would replace City Deals with a City Partnerships program that will foster collaboration between the three levels of government. It will also:

  • Re-establish the Major Cities Unit within the independent Infrastructure Australia and task it with recommending and assessing the progress of City Partnerships;
  • Establish an expert panel to update strategic planning guidelines for cities as well as develop guidelines for City Partnerships, in consultation with the Minister, which include benefits to the economy; and
  • Refresh the National Urban Policy, to ensure City Partnerships align with its objectives in areas like sustainability and smart technology.