Help us make play spaces more accessible and welcoming for everyone

02 Sep 2019 newsmedia

The Liberal Government wants input from South Australians on what they believe is important to making playground and playspaces more accessible for all children and families.

Earlier this year, Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink announced the Liberal Government is developing guidelines for local councils and other agencies to make public playspaces inclusive.

Minister Lensink said it was important to consider accessibility for people with disability when designing and building public spaces, including play spaces.


“We want to hear from South Australians on what they believe is important to making playgrounds and playspaces more accessible for all children and families,” said Minister Lensink.


“I encourage children, parents, guardians, carers, grandparents and other members of the community to share their thoughts and ideas on inclusive playgrounds and spaces."


“Our inclusive play online survey includes questions about planning, so everyone can easily find their way around playspaces, design features and equipment to encourage children to play together."


“The survey will be available at www.dhs.sa.gov.au/disability and be open until Friday 27 September."


“The finalised inclusive play guidelines will be a tool for local government and other agencies to use when creating playgrounds and playspaces to ensure children or parents and carers with disability are included and their needs considered.”


Minister Lensink said about one in ten children lives with disability and can experience difficulties using playgrounds and community playspaces.


“Play is important for children to build social skills, independence, creativity and spatial awareness and these guidelines will help to remove barriers to children accessing public playspaces,” said Minister Lensink.


“Inclusive playgrounds are specifically designed playgrounds to be used by people with a wide range of disabilities, which may include mobility, vision and hearing impairment and autism.”

The new guidelines will be finalised later this year.

Feedback or comments can also be shared by emailing DHSDisabilityInclusion@sa.gov.au or calling (08) 8415 4317.