Our network of roads and streets are a major part of the system of public space that helps connect our places. Public space is where people can socialise and add vitality to their neighbourhoods, and streets and roads have an important role in that vitality. Aligning movement functions with the places they serve can make our transport networks and public spaces better contribute to the liveability of communities and productivity of NSW. 

Movement and Place creates a shared language and approach to help all stakeholders achieve better place outcomes for the people of NSW.

It seeks consideration of place when developing our transport systems, through collaborative working between the community, movement and place practitioners, to ensure that transport systems better support our places.

It is applicable at a range of scales from cities and towns to neighbourhoods and local streets.

Movement is a key enabler of places. Done well it can enhance and contribute to successful places, designed poorly movement can diminish places and contribute to their decline.

Movement and Place considers the whole street including footpaths, from property line to property line.

Movement and Place considers the whole street including footpaths, from property line to property line. It takes into account the needs of all users of this space including pedestrians, cyclists, deliveries, private vehicles and public transport, as well as people spending time in those places, whether moving around the place or enjoying street life including outdoor dining, waiting for a bus or watching the world go by.

The Government Architect NSW and Transport for NSW are collaboratively developing the Movement and Place Framework to provide a cohesive approach to balancing the movement of people and goods with the amenity and quality of places, contributing to the attractiveness, sustainability and success of our cities and towns.

In broadening our thinking about our roads, rail and streets beyond movement, places can better deliver social, environmental and economic improvements for the entire community.

Likewise, in broadening our thinking about movement to consider both mobility (from place to place) and access (within places), we can create multiple environmental and health benefits through increased walking, cycling and public transport use , less dependence on car usage and thus traffic, less noise and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and lower household transport costs.

Infrastructure New South Wales’ State Infrastructure Strategy 2018– 2038, includes a recommendation that Government Architect NSW (GANSW) develop a Movement and Place practitioners toolkit.

In response GANSW is coordinating the development of the Movement and Place Framework comprising the following components:

Practitioner’s Guide - collaborative guidance produced by the Government Architect NSW together with Transport for NSW, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and other state and local government agencies.

Toolkit – implementation methodologies to help NSW practitioners who are using movement and place to get better outcomes.

Governance – an implementation board to provide support, guidance, resolve differences and provide endorsement to teams and individuals implementing the framework. 

Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place

The Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place (PDF, 5.5MB) guides the design and planning around streets and roads and has been released for use on state government projects. If you are working for or with a state government agency on a project involving Movement and Place, the guide can be accessed here:

Read the Practitioner’s Guide to Movement and Place (PDF, 5.5MB)

The Guide is intended to be updated in 2021 for public consultation and release for general use.

Tools and support

Advisory notes are being prepared by several agencies. Find the Government Architect’s advisory notes.

Read the article on Better Streets.

An evaluation guide and tools are under development by agencies to supplement the Framework.

For further information on the Implementation Board or any other queries on the Movement and Place Framework, please email the Movement and Place team at Transport for NSW, or the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment.

Aligning Movement and Place

The outline document, Aligning Movement and Place, provides an introduction to the Movement and Place Framework. It sets out a better approach to understanding places in relation to movement infrastructure, to assist state and local government as well as practitioners to balance movement and align movement and place in the design, planning, construction and operation of NSW’s transport network.

Webinar – Aligning Movement and Place

Watch this webinar to find out more about Movement and Place