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 has launched a draft NSW Public Spaces Charter (PDF 8.5 MB) - 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.

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.

Have your say

We want the Charter to reflect the community's expectations and aspirations for public space.

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

To share your ideas, take a survey, and see videos from experts on what the principles mean, go to:

Have your say

Make your comments between Tuesday 20 October to Tuesday 17 November 2020.

Get involved

Over the next month, you may also wish to attend our three-part webinar series on public space. Register to join:

  1. International Panel: Evaluating public space quality to help unlock great places
    Tuesday 27 October 2020, 10am-11am
  2. Introducing the NSW Public Spaces Charter
    Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12pm-1pm
  3. Making public space everybody’s business: the NSW Public Spaces Charter
    Wednesday 4 November 2020, 12pm-1pm

For more information

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

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