Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW

Creating age-friendly communities is a key focus for NSW councils. With a growing ageing population, an age-friendly, built environment is critical to enabling more older people to live independently in their local community.

How the toolkit will help

The Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW will help all areas of council work together in planning for an ageing population, especially with respect to the various components of the built environment.

The toolkit will be of use to all council staff involved in creating age-friendly environments and communities, including planners, community service providers, engineers, architects, open space and recreation workers, parks managers, asset managers, traffic and transport engineers and public works engineers.

It will also help councillors identify the key issues relating to population ageing and highlight what needs considering when commenting on draft plans or policies from their council or other agencies.

Who developed the toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by Local Government NSW (LGNSW) in partnership with the NSW Office for Carers, Ageing and Disability Inclusion.

It follows and complements the Age-Friendly Community Local Government Grants Scheme, which was funded by the NSW Office for Carers, Ageing and Disability Inclusion, NSW Department of Family and Community Services in 2012.

Download it now

Download the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).

Alternatively, read about, and open the various parts of the toolkit below.

If you would like a Word copy of the toolkit, please email Margaret Kay.

Part 1 - Engaging with an Ageing Population

This section of the toolkit outlines a range of options that can be used by councils to engage with older people to help develop local plans that make communities liveable. The examples of community engagement methods included in this section have been used successfully in rural, regional and metropolitan NSW councils.

Open Part 1 of the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).

Part 2 - Ageing within State and Regional Plans

This section of the toolkit identifies how ageing population issues are addressed in broader NSW Government and regional strategy frameworks. Under the NSW Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, councils are required to give due regard to the NSW Government’s strategic plan, and any other relevant state and regional plans.

Open Part 2 of the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).

Part 3 - Age-Friendly Actions for Council Community Strategic Plans and Priority Actions

This section includes examples of how specific objectives relating to an ageing population can fit into the broader vision of the Community Strategic Plan. It also includes examples of the strategies with objectives that can be achieved in the four-year Delivery Program and one-year Operational Plans of councils.

Open Part 3 of the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).

Part 4 - Age-Friendly Land Use Planning and Access

This section is divided into five sub-sections based on the policy and planning areas, as well as key features required to create age-friendly built environments. These sub-sections are:

  1. Cross-Council Planning
  2. Local Land Use Planning
  3. Housing and Neighbourhood Planning
  4. Public Domain, Urban Design, Facilities and Open Space Planning
  5. Connections: Maximising Access and Mobility.
Open Part 4 of the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).

Part 5 - Useful Resources and Key References

There are a number of resources and references available in this section to provide guidance when creating age-friendly environments. The resources cover a range of matters for consideration by councils, including public domain, housing and community facilities.

Open Part 5 of the Integrated Age-Friendly Planning Toolkit for Local Government in NSW (PDF, 2.84MB).