Draft policy and guidelines for inclusive and accessible public spaces and events

Draft policy and guidelines for inclusive and accessible public spaces and events


Following community consultation, Council approved the policy and guidelines and inclusive and accessible event guidelines.

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We invite your feedback on a new draft inclusive and accessible public domain policy and guidelines and draft disability inclusive event guidelines.

The draft public domain policy and guidelines provide a framework to apply relevant Australian access standards consistently. This includes best practice approaches in the design, maintenance and management of public domain spaces such as streets, footpaths, parks and open spaces, and infrastructure including street furniture.

The draft disability inclusive event guidelines outline how to ensure events are accessible. The guidelines are aimed at all parties using public spaces for activities such as events, markets, construction and filming activity to consider access as part of the planning process.

The policy and guidelines will apply to all new and upgraded public domain spaces and infrastructure. They:

  • set out minimum requirements for access and examples of best practice to strive for
  • provide flexibility for managing design challenges by providing guidance on design and decision making including how to seek expert advice  
  • support the City and others using public spaces to maintain access by setting minimum requirements and describing best practice for inclusion and access during temporary disruptions such as construction, events, markets, filming and other activities. 

How you can give feedback

You can view the draft documents and give your feedback by completing an online feedback form.

Online form

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 28 June 2019

You can also give your feedback by post to: Senior Project Manager – Strategic Engagement and Community Relations, City of Sydney, Town Hall House, Level 7, 456 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Electronic copies can be viewed at our customer service centres in Glebe, Green Square and Kings Cross

We're also planning some feedback sessions if you prefer to make comments and provide feedback in person. If you're interested in attending, please register by emailing inclusiondisability@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Details will be published when dates are confirmed. 

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.


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Key dates

Public consultation period
3 May to 28 June 2019


Anna Rigg
Manager Social Policy
02 9288 5812


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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 January 2020