Planning and transport

The design of the built environment is critical to the health, wellbeing and development of children and young people.

The NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan Discussion Paper (PDF 498KB)
May 2012
Suggests the primary aim of the Plan should be to shape a transport system that prevents social and economic isolation, particularly for children and families with children.

NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety’s Inquiry into Driver and Road User Distraction (PDF 152.9KB)
May 2012
Highlights the way in which driver and road user distraction impacts upon children and young people within the context of their high rate of injury as novice drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, developmental limitations and high uptake of technology such as hand‑held electronic devices. Suggested emphasis on educational strategies to address the problem of distraction, such as integration of this issue into school road safety programs, instructional manuals for learner drivers and driver testing scenarios.

Division of Local Government Swimming Pools Act 1992 Review Discussion Paper (PDF 32KB)
February 2012
Supports the general direction of the proposed changes and highlights where proposals fall short of what is necessary to protect young children.

Department of Planning and Infrastructure NSW on the New Planning System (PDF 41.2KB)
November 2011
Recommends  the health and wellbeing of people, including children and young people, should be an overarching objective of a new planning system and that the participation of children and young people in planning should be encouraged at all levels.

NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety’s Inquiry into School Zone Safety (PDF 68.2KB)
October 2011
Recommends that the NSW Government retain 40km/h speed zones around schools in light of their effectiveness in improving pedestrian safety and suggests that consideration be given to making flashing light warning systems available in all school zones and developing improved road safety educational programs and resources for children, parents and carers.

Response to the Department of Planning & Infrastructure Centres Design Guidelines (PDF 45.4KB)
June 2011
Supports the principles identified in the guidelines and makes a number of recommendations to strengthen the Guidelines in regard to the design of child and youth-friendly built environments.

Built4Kids (PDF 21.8MB)
June 2009
A good practice guide to creating child-friendly built environments.

Response to the Standing Committee on State Development Inquiry into the NSW Planning Framework (PDF 1.3MB)
December 2008
Submission to the Standing Committee on State Development Inquiry into the NSW planning framework.

Response to the NSW Public Works Committee's Inquiry into the Development of Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Outside the Sydney CBD (PDF 1.1MB)
October 2008
Response to the NSW Public Works Committee's Inquiry into the development of arts and cultural infrastructure outside the Sydney CBD.

Review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (PDF 32KB)
January 2007
Submission to the Department of Local Government review of the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

Inquiry into Children, Young People and the Built Environment (PDF 145.9KB)
June 2006
Submission to the NSW Joint Parliamentary Committee on Children and Young People’s Inquiry on Children, Young People and the Built Environment.

Review of NSW transport Concessions (PDF 125.4KB)
November 2004
Submission to the Department of Transport’s review of transport concession policy.