Planning for early education and child care facilities requires innovative approaches to the use of land and floor space, including co-location with compatible uses such as primary schools and office buildings, close to transport facilities.
Tertiary education and vocational training facilities together with lifelong learning opportunities allow people to gain and refine skills for employment. This supports productivity but also allows people to connect with other people in the community, supporting enhanced social cohesion.
Education and Child Care SEPP
State Environmental Planning Policy (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 makes it easier for child care providers, schools, TAFEs and universities to build new facilities and improve existing facilities. It streamlines approval processes, recognising the need for additional educational infrastructure with a focus on good design. The accompanying Child Care Planning Guideline assists in matters such as site selection, location and building design to meet national requirements for child care.
The needs of children and young people go beyond education facilities. With families increasingly living in higher density areas, there needs to be greater importance placed on how open spaces, cultural facilities and the public realm are planned, designed and managed to include children and young people (refer to Objective 7 and Objective 12).
The Office of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People’s NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People is the first legislated three-year wholeof- government plan focused on children and young people aged 0–24 years. It aims to give children and young people opportunities to thrive, get the services they need and have their voices heard.
Integrated planning for health services will make it easier for people to access a comprehensive health system including general practice, community health services, in-home and aged care, medical centres, pharmacies, dental and allied health services. Strategic planning will continue to respond to the changing nature of health service delivery providing accessibility for patients, visitors and staff in well-located health facilities. The co‑location of health, higher education and related activities such as research, housing for health workers and students, short-term accommodation, and complementary commercial uses supports collaboration, innovation and accessibility outcomes (refer to Objective 21).
Figure 12 shows greater proportional increases in people aged over 65 years in local government areas within the Western Parkland and Central River cities. These cities will experience much greater demand from older people for health, social and aged care services than currently exists.
Tailored services and infrastructure is required for people to age within their communities where being close to friends, family and support networks improves their wellbeing. This means local access to health services, transport and social infrastructure which may require more innovative approaches to delivery (refer to Objective 3).
In an age-friendly city, policies, services and infrastructure support and enable people to age actively, which means optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life3.
Digital technologies are increasingly improving the capacity of health and social services to be accessed from home. As this enables more people to age in their communities there will be increased demand for local aged care facilities as well as housing diversity for downsizing allowing for in-home care with associated parking.