New South Wales has a global reputation as a world class sports and cultural destination. The 2018-19 Budget provides new projects that work towards developing and supporting arts and culture, increasing attendance at cultural events, sustaining cultural precincts and improving participation in sport and active recreation.

This includes:

  • $245.0 million in 2018-19 as part of the Government’s $645.0 million contribution to build a new Powerhouse museum in Parramatta, undertake master planning for a creative industries precinct in Ultimo, and expand and upgrade the Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill
  • major stadia investment to attract world-class sporting and entertainment events and address the State’s ageing stadium infrastructure, including: 
  • $729.0 million over four years for the construction of a new stadium at Moore Park to replace the Sydney Football Stadium
  • $183.7 million in 2018-19 for the construction of the Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta. 
  • $173.0 million for Destination NSW to support delivery of the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan. This includes:
    • $82.0 million for promotion of major events
    • $54.0 million for NSW tourism promotion including the continued delivery of initiatives in regional and rural New South Wales to increase visitor spend, and attract more events and conferences.
  • $100.0 million over five years, including  $25.0 million in 2018-19 for the Regional Sport Infrastructure Fund to increase the number and quality of regional sporting facilities
  • $30.0 million in 2018-19 from the Regional Cultural Fund to support development of arts and cultural activities in our regions
  • $24.1 million in 2018-19 for grants to support screen production across New South Wales
  • $5.8 million in 2018-19 ($50.5 million over three years) to upgrade to the Australian Museum. This will deliver a new touring exhibition hall, education and visitor facilities, enabling Sydney, to be one of the last cities worldwide to host the King Tutankhamun exhibition before it returns permanently to Egypt
  • $6.1 million over four years from 2018-19 for the ongoing operation of the expanded Anzac Memorial, which will commemorate the legacy 
  • of service men and women.