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Policies and Guidelines

Property 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.

Legislation, Reports and Principles

Government Property NSW Act 2006

Property NSW operates under the following principal legislation:

Premier's Memorandum 2012-20

The Government has adopted new property principles and has made changes to the name and activities of the State Property Authority (SPA) as part of putting them into practise. The new name of the State Property Authority is Government Property NSW, effective from 12 December 2012. Government Property NSW was re-branded as Property NSW in July 2016.

The requirements outlined in this Memorandum and the attached Government Property Principles apply immediately to all General Government Sector agencies and Public Trading Enterprises (excluding State Owned Corporations). Share holding Ministers and Boards of State Owned Corporations are encouraged to use the services of Property NSW where their organisations do not have the necessary in-house expertise.

The full memorandum can be accessed via the following link:

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

Premises owned by Property NSW

Premises owned by a third party of Lessor or Licensor

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 full report can be accessed via the following link:

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.

Read the media release here. 

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.

Read the media release here. 

Asset Utilisation Recycling Plan (AURP)

 

Sustainability

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 Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI).  

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.

A full outline of Property NSW and DFSI business ethics can be found via the following link.

http://www.finance.nsw.gov.au/about-us/our-business-ethics

A copy of the DFSI Codes of Ethics and Conduct is available here:

 

Branding guidelines

Property NSW adheres to the DFSI Corporate Branding Guidelines. For logo requests or a copy of of the branding guidelines, please contact propertycommunications@property.nsw.gov.au.

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. Detail of the policy is outlined here. 

 

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 within the Property NSW portfolio.

Click here to access the Plan

NSW Government Fitout Design Principles (Office Workplace Accommodation)

The guide articulates the required workplace fitout principles for new or upgraded Government commercial office accommodation. 

Click here to access the guide.

Framework for Land Owner's Consideration of State Significant Development proposals in Darling Harbour

Property NSW has released the new framework it will use to determine land owner’s consent for State Significant Development proposals in Darling Harbour.

The principles within the framework include a focus on natural and cultural heritage, orderly economic development, appropriate land use and improvements to the public domain.

The framework will be used to consider whether land owner’s consent to Stage 1 Development Applications will be granted. The principles within the framework will provide guidance to proponents considering lodging development proposals.

These principles are based on Place Management NSW legislative responsibility, as the land owner under the Place Management NSW Act.

To download a copy of the framework, click here.