NSW Department of Planning and Environment

We are making playspaces in NSW more inclusive. Through Everyone Can Play, we are helping designers and councils create playspaces that are more inclusive of everyone in the community.

The Everyone Can Play program has funded 141 inclusive playspaces since it commenced in 2018, delivering on its $20 million commitment to creating inclusive playspaces across NSW.

In addition, the Everyone Can Play program is delivering on the Premier's Priorities of quality green, open and public space within 10 minutes walk of urban areas and increase canopy cover across Greater Sydney.

Everyone Can Play guideline

We developed the Everyone Can Play guideline by working with more than 50 stakeholders from local government, landscape architecture, disability advocates, industry representatives, parents and educators.

The guideline outlines the process and tools for inclusive play. It presents a new way of thinking about how play spaces are planned, designed and managed. The guideline asks designers and planners of playspaces three simple questions: Can I get there? Can I play? Can I stay?

Inside the guideline is an evaluation checklist to assist with the review of existing playspaces and designs to ensure that more people can get to, play and stay at playspaces in our communities.

A set of six design principles is also included in the guideline to provide best practice recommendations to inspire and prompt designers to deliver more inclusive play for everyone.

We’ve worked hard to ensure the guideline will meet the needs of planners, designers and creators. The document is available below.

View the guideline

The guideline has transformed the way playspaces are planned, designed and managed. Expanding on the principles of ‘Can I get there? Can I play? Can I stay?’, three new chapters for the guideline have been developed.


Inclusive playspaces


Become a champion


Nature and water play



Place and Play

Place and Play incorporates local knowledge, materials, artists, plants, climates, cultures and stories into playspaces. This chapter provides useful tips and advice to help you connect with the unique characteristics of spaces in your area.

View the Everyone Can Play – Place and Play guideline (PDF, 2.5 MB).

Nature Play

Nature Play explores the way people engage with the natural environment. This chapter provides useful tips and advice to help you create nature playspaces in your community.

View the Everyone Can Play – Nature Play – A How-to Guide (PDF, 3.1 MB).

Water Play

Water Play encourages innovative solutions to include water as part of your play environment. This chapter provides useful tips and advice to help you create water playspaces in community.

View the Everyone Can Play – Water Play – A How-to Guide (PDF, 2.6 MB).

Everyone Can Play website

The Everyone Can Play website provides resources including toolkits, news articles, case studies and examples to assist in the planning, creation and delivery of inclusive playspaces. Design resources are available for download from the website including the Everyone Can Play Guideline, the Consultation Report, design and evaluation toolkits and information about the Everyone Can Play Grant Program.

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Everyone Can Play latest videos

We are investing in upgraded and new inclusive playspaces all around NSW.

These videos feature some of most recently launched parks and provide more information about the project.


More information

For more detailed information about the project, you can:

Page last updated: 21/10/2022