Why Invest in Campbelltown?

Aerial view of Campbelltown CBD

Campbelltown is emerging as one of Australia's fastest growing cities, with outstanding potential for investors, large and small businesses, and residents. More companies are discovering Campbelltown and choosing to move here because of the city's accessibility, affordability, lifestyle and employment potential.

Location, location, location

Campbelltown is situated in the Western Parkland City, one of Australia's most significant economic regions. Western Sydney is the nation's third largest economy and one of the fastest growing population and employment centres - by 2036 more than half of Sydney's entire population will live west of Parramatta.

Connectivity and accessibility

The Western Parkland City is a focus of development and growth for both the Australian and New South Wales governments. The Aerotropolis and the surrounding regions are a priority for both governments, already attracting public investment of more than $20 billion across transport, health and education infrastructure.

Campbelltown's central location and connectivity within the Western Parkland is one of the city's many advantages. Campbelltown is 45 minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, and a 30-minute drive to Sydney International Airport, and less than an hour's drive to the Southern Highlands, Wollongong and the South Coast.

Campbelltown has extensive road and rail networks, directly connecting the city with the nation's biggest cities and airport.

Our city centre is minutes away from the Hume Highway/M31 Motorway, which links to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and the Sydney International Airport. The M7 Motorway links Campbelltown directly to the suburbs north of Sydney CBD. The Northern Road provides access to Penrith, with Appin Road connecting the city to Wollongong and the Illawarra region.

Campbelltown has direct rail connections to Sydney, Sydney Airport, Canberra and Melbourne. Additionally, the Macarthur Intermodal Shipping Terminal (MIST) located at Minto, operates a freight rail terminal and warehousing centre, allowing companies to ship goods via rail all around Australia.

A growing population

Campbelltown is ideal for companies wanting to access large local and international markets, and also for those who want to be connected to other parts of Sydney, as Campbelltown is right in the middle of metropolitan Sydney's largest growth corridor.

Campbelltown has an important role in this growth. The NSW Government has identified Campbelltown as one of four major Metropolitan Centres, recognising the important role our city plays in servicing the rapidly increasing population of the Macarthur region and, more broadly, the Western Parkland City.

Campbelltown is the capital of the Sydney's south-west. And, we are a city under transformation - experiencing unprecedented population growth that will continue over the next 20 years. By 2040, we will be home to an estimated 272,000, and will service a region of more than 900,000 people - a population more than double the size of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) existing population.

A catalyst for education

Campbelltown has a large educational sector, boasting some of the best performing schools in the state, as well as a range of quality tertiary education facilities.

Western Sydney University (WSU) is one of Australia's largest universities, with 42,000 students, and is among the countries highest ranked. The university, which has a campus at Campbelltown, is ranked in the world's top 100 universities under the age of 50 in the influential Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

WSU Campbelltown Campus is the designated Integrated Health Hub of the Western Sydney Innovation Corridor. The university is one of Australia's largest providers of medical, nursing and healthcare professionals. The WSU School of Medicine, which opened at the Campbelltown Campus in 2008, graduates more than 100 doctors each year - 70% of these doctors stay and practice medicine in the city and surrounding region.

Additionally, the $21 million, four-storey Macarthur Clinical School recently constructed at Campbelltown Hospital, is providing advanced training to medical students and researchers, and creating opportunities for medical professionals in the city.

In vocation education, TAFE South West Sydney Institute – one of Australia's largest organisations with more than 62,000 students – has campuses throughout the city, including Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields.

Campbelltown's growing community also continues to grow in skill level. The number of Campbelltown residents with post-secondary school qualifications has increased - between 2016 and 2021, the number of people with a Diploma, Bachelor or Higher degree increased by 39.4%.

This increase in higher education attainment represents our skilled and varied labour force, which provides ready-made opportunities for prospective businesses looking to relocate, expand or develop into the area. 

Available and affordable land

The city's land availability and capacity for greenfield developments are critical in the context of Sydney's diminished land supply, rising land prices and intensifying population pressures. Campbelltown has significant tracts of underdeveloped land available for development.

The Campbelltown LGA has key land for residential, commercial and industrial development and redevelopment, located close to major road and rail transport networks, and available at competitive prices.

There are seven urban precincts located along the Glenfield to Macarthur rail corridor, plus 24 hectares of land to be utilised for employment within the proposed Menangle Park and Mount Gilead release areas.

Start-ups and innovation hubs

Campbelltown City Council is encouraging more start-up ventures to form in the city, with the potential for further growth in this area facilitated by the greater collaboration with WSU and TAFE South Western Sydney Institute in this area.