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 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 70.2 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 (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) and the City of Sydney and Wagga Wagga City Council about their experiences using the Evaluation Tool.

Please also join our webinar exploring the draft Evaluation Tool with international placemaking experts on Tuesday 27 October 10.00-11.00 am.

Register for our webinar

Have your say on the draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

Burwood council - Have your say on the Draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

We want your feedback to help make the draft Evaluation Tool as useful as possible. The tool was developed and tested with councils from across NSW. It also has been subject to international peer review by Gehl and Project for Public Spaces.  We invite your feedback through the draft Evaluation Tool survey.   The survey opens 20 October 2020 and closes 17 November 2020.

Complete the Survey

Once community consultation is complete, we will review feedback on the draft Evaluation Tool and publish a summary of the results. The final Evaluation Tool will be launched in late 2020.

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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