The Australian education landscape is rapidly changing. From changes in NAPLAN and funding, to the emergence of Gen Alpha and changing parental preferences, education providers need to not only understand the trends but know how to respond to them.

One area that we have noticed is undergoing significant change is Sydney’s North West. From a population growth perspective, as well as an infrastructure development perspective, North West Sydney is changing.

The North West (comprising two LGAs – Blacktown City Council and The Hills Shire Council) is home to half a million people (495,205) and is one of Sydney’s primary population growth corridors. Over the past decade, the population of the North West has increased by 89,837 people, growing at a rate of 22% over ten years.

Recently, significant infrastructure development has been occurring in the North West with the construction of the Sydney Metro North West Rail Link, numerous new housing developments and planned growth of the Norwest Business Park. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment projects that the area’s population will be on its way to reaching 1 million people in 2036 (812,250).

You can find out more about the future of North West Sydney in this report, which is available here.

McCrindle presented the key insights of this report to local leaders in education at a breakfast event, co-hosted by William Clarke College on Friday 3rd August 2018. A key focus of the event was to bring together leaders in education to not only connect but to learn about some of the changes taking place in this area. Guest speakers at the event included the Hon. Ray Williams MP, Julian Leeser MP the Hon. Councillor Philip Ruddock and Mark McCrindle.