The ISJO's third core function is regional strategic planning, encompassing high level planning for the region across the quadruple bottom line. The objective for this functional area is:
"To provide a forum for better regional planning, undertaken consistently and collaboratively with State Government."
The ISJO has identified priorities under this objective of responsibilities for:
- Partnering with NSW and Australian Government, and other organisations, to develop a Youth Education and Employment Strategy.
- Working with Transport NSW and other partners to deliver the Illawarra Regional Transport Strategy.
- Taking a lead role in the delivery of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan.
- Coordinating the Regional Waste Strategy under the NSW Waste Less, Recycle More Program 2017-2021.