NSW Public Spaces Charter

Public space is where public life happens

Public spaces like our parks, museums, libraries and high streets connect us to our communities, bring us closer to nature, make us healthier and happier, provide places for celebration and help businesses to prosper.

The NSW Government exhibited a draft  NSW Public Spaces Charter (PDF 8.5 MB) in October 2020 - our commitment to quality public spaces for every community across NSW.

The Charter supports the Greener Public Spaces Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 per cent by 2023 and will ensure an ongoing commitment to quality public space in NSW.

The draft charter is also available in the following languages:

What is the NSW Public Spaces Charter?

The NSW Public Spaces Charter has been developed to support the planning, design, management and activation of public spaces in NSW. It identifies ten principles for quality public space, developed through evidence-based research and discussions with a diverse range of public space experts.

All NSW Government agencies will be asked to endorse and adopt the final Charter when it is released in early 2021. We want the Charter to be a tool that can be used by individuals, organisations and agencies that are responsible for public space. By signing up to the final charter when released, we are asking them to agree to plan, design, manage and activate public spaces they oversee in line with its principles.

Public Engagement

We want the Charter to reflect the community's expectations and aspirations for public space. A public engagement program was conducted from 20 October to 1 December 2020 with representatives from community, industry and across Government.

We gathered feedback on the draft principles and how they could be applied. This feedback will inform the final Charter and its principles. When published, the Charter will also include ideas, information and resources to support users and commit to the principles in the Charter.

To get in touch with the public spaces team, listen to two public webinars and see videos from experts on what the principles mean. Go to:

Charter Engagement

Hear from Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of Resilience NSW talk about his thoughts on resilient public spaces and our NSW Public Spaces Charter.

For more information

See the frequently asked questions (PDF 100.3 KB) for more information about the NSW Public Spaces Charter.

Celebrating NSW's public spaces
Celebrating NSW's public spaces

A year-long program of virtual and physical events exploring and reimagining our civic places.

Dance Locale
Dance Locale

Sydney Dance Company presents five films in five locations across NSW.

My favourite places
My favourite places

Tell us your ideas about public spaces you love to visit in your local neighbourhood.

Transforming public space
Transforming public space

We partnered with the Committee for Sydney to ask for your ideas about how to transform public space across Greater Sydney.