Community | Community Programs and Legacy

At Barangaroo South, we undertake a range of community focused initiatives and programs which help to create a lasting legacy and demonstrate our inherent commitment to delivering positive social outcomes for the precinct.

We aim to leave a positive social legacy that benefits everyone in the community.

We hope to achieve this reality for all who visit Barangaroo South through facilitating employment skilling and training programs including our onsite learning hub, the Barangaroo Skills Exchange, arts and cultural programs, as well as health and wellbeing initiatives for a productive workforce, under Lend Lease’s Climate Positive Work Plan. 


The Barangaroo South Community Partnership is an important way of bringing together organisations in our precinct, with a shared vision for a sustainable and  inclusive community.

We bring together the capability and know-how of partner organisations to achieve positive outcomes at an unprecedented scale. 


Each November, Year 10 students from various Sydney High Schools come together for a week of work experience with the Barangaroo South team.

The students are tasked with creating a consultancy firm and asked to advise Lend Lease on their ideas for developing a portion of Barangaroo South. Each day has a particular area of focus and guidance from a Lend Lease expert whose knowledge and experience of Barangaroo South helps the students make their recommendations for their development area.

The focus areas include design, planning, sustainability, retail, construction, community engagement, marketing and communications. This gives the students an overview of the development and construction industry and opens their eyes to the different career opportunities available to them.

We are currently taking applications for the program this year for the weeks commencing 10 November and 24 November 2014, however, will also consider alternative weeks in November upon request.

To apply please email with your name, school, and contact details and let us know why you would like to spend a week at Barangaroo South.


The Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) is a learning hub situated on the Barangaroo South construction site.

Established by Lend Lease in 2012 in partnership with the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, the BSX delivers a range of practical skilling and nationally-recognised training programs to meet the needs of the workforce.

In collaboration with the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council, Lend Lease has secured $7.3 million in funding over three years from the Federal Government’s Skills Connect Program.

The funding is to deliver four programs at Barangaroo South:
  • WELL – workplace language, literacy and numeracy skilling
  • National Workforce Development Fund – Certificate III+ training; supporting training of workers in business and workforce development areas
  • Investing in Experience – retraining mature age workers
  • Apprentice Mentoring
Since April 2012, construction workers from Lend Lease Building and its subcontractors have achieved about 540 Accredited Skills Qualifications and workers have undertaken nearly 4,000 courses.


Barangaroo South has an ongoing partnership with National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) to offer the chance for young people to visit the project and learn about the opportunities available to them in the construction industry. Through the use of role models, leadership figures and trained professionals, NASCA implements a range of programs across Australia for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The initiatives include the Careers and Aspirations Program (CAP) which is designed to expose students to a range of employment possibilities that are available beyond schooling years, and to support young people developing life skills necessary to achieve their goals.

At Barangaroo South, we hope to inspire students to consider working in the construction industry – whether they undertake an apprenticeship or trade, receive vocational training or attend university. In 2013, the team hosted 60 students from remote and rural areas as part of the Stay on Track program to learn more about the project and the range of workforce participation opportunities available. This program is aimed at prevention rather than intervention, inspiring youth to make positive lifestyle choices. The latest CAP initiative took place in March 2014 with 30 female students visiting the project as part of a ‘girls only’ camp which offers students the opportunity to explore non-traditional roles for females, including engineering, construction and finance.


NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal protest groups in the 1920s who sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.  Today it is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Stay tuned for updates about the range of activities that will be held at Barangaroo South to celebrate this important week.


Oral Histories is a four year partnership agreement with the Sydney Theatre Company which will provide short films interviewing key people involved on the project. 

Oral Histories capture key people’s memories of their involvement with the project and will assemble a library of footage to record key moments and milestones. Our first video is below.

View a short video that uncovers the history of Barangaroo

View a short video about the spirit of Barangaroo

View a short video of the design behind the Barangaroo South masterplan

View a short video of the design behind the Public Domain within Barangaroo South