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Safer Cities Program

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NSW Government is inviting feedback until Wednesday 8 February 2023 to better understand the concerns and experiences that affect your sense of safety in and around public spaces. Community input will help us deliver better infrastructure, activations and design and improve amenities that increase the community’s sense of safety in public spaces, particularly for women, girls and gender diverse people.

Lost Lanes Activation Day - Wagga Wagga. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment by Matt Beaver
Lost Lanes Festival, Places to Love program, Wagga Wagga. Credit: Department of Planning and Environment by Matt Beaver

The Safer Cities Program is investing $30 million over two years to help improve perceptions of safety in our cities and towns, particularly for women, girls and gender diverse people in partnership with Transport for NSW.

The Program has three aims, which are aligned with the United Nations Safer Cities for Girls program:

  • Increasing women and girls’ safety and access to public spaces
  • Enabling women and girls’ to move freely and alone in their community
  • Increasing women and girls’ engagement with how the spaces around them are designed and managed.

The Program will engage women, girls and gender diverse people to understand their perspectives and co-design place-based approaches to improve perceptions of safety when walking to, through and within public spaces including our streets. This will involve working collaboratively with delivery partners to trial interventions that will deliver the objectives of the program.

Some of the Program's initiatives will include lighting and smart technology to improve perceptions of safety visibility and, create a sense of welcoming to encourage women, girls and gender diverse people to use public spaces.

PCC Kingswood Move. Credit: Penrith City Council
Kingswood ‘Live, Work, Play Grid’, Places to Love program, Penrith. Credit: Penrith City Council

The Program will deliver infrastructure improvements across NSW, around Waitara, Stanmore and Redfern train stations, and in Parramatta Park and The Rocks, with further state managed public spaces being investigated.

Safer Cities: Her Way is a collaborative partnership program in partnership with Councils across a number of local government areas. Councils will trial initiatives that reflect each community’s sense of place, while delivering the objectives of the Program.

From 2023, a public education campaign focussed on safety and reducing harassment will complement the infrastructure improvements to help educate and change behaviour.

Resources will be developed for the Great Public Spaces Toolkit for use by anyone including local government, state agencies, industry and the community. These will support the planning, managing and creating vibrant and safer public spaces.

The Safer Cities Program is part of a state-wide investment to improve women’s opportunities and child development. Other programs include improving access to early childhood education, supporting women in business, and support for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.

Safer Cities: Her Way

The Program will co-design and trial and test ways to improve women, girls’ and gender diverse people’s perception of safety in local public spaces.


Smart City Innovation Challenge

The Smart City Innovation Challenge will uncover leading edge technology solutions to help make public spaces feel safer and more comfortable for women and girls.


Contact us

For more information, please contact: SaferCities@dpie.nsw.gov.au