Great Public Spaces Toolkit

The Great Public Spaces Toolkit is a collection of free resources to support local government, government agencies, industry and the community. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is developing tools that anyone can use to support planning, managing and creating better and more vibrant public spaces.

The Toolkit includes Draft Evaluation Tool (PDF 326.4 KB) for Public Space and Public Life and Great Public Spaces Guide (PDF 3.2 MB).

More case studies, tools and guidance will be added to the Toolkit over time.

Draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

Penrith City Council - Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life
The draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life can be used by anyone who wants to better understand the strengths and areas for improvement in a public space. The tool takes people through a series of questions to identify how they use public spaces. This information can be used to inform future planning, design, and investment and to improve public space for everyone. For more information, download our frequently asked questions (PDF 938.3 KB).

Download the Evaluation Tool - there's a digital version (PDF 401.7 KB) you can complete on your Ipad or laptop, or a paper version (PDF 326.4 KB) you can print out.

Hear from Dr. Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Executive Director - Public Spaces (DPIE) and the City of Sydney and Wagga Wagga City Council about their experiences using the Evaluation Tool.

Watch the recording of our webinar exploring the draft Evaluation Tool with an international panel, bringing together world leaders from Gehl, Project for Public Spaces, PlacemakingX and our Public Spaces team to discuss how to create vibrant, meaningful public spaces.

Watch the webinar

Great Public Spaces Guide

The Great Public Spaces Guide is an introduction to understanding the meaning of place, and the elements that contribute to create a great public facility, open space or street. The beautifully illustrated guide outlines an approach for how spaces become places, to assist communities, industry, local and state government to create great public spaces that are full of life. The guide aims to inform future planning, design and investment, building a case for long-term change. It supports the draft Evaluation Tool.

Credit: Illustrations by Gregory Baldwin

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Download the Great Public Spaces Guide

How to stay in touch

For more information about the draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life or the Great Public Spaces Guide, please email us at

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