Inclusive SA

Connect with place - checklist


Are there any barriers which prevent access?

  • Steps, kerbs or trip hazards

Is there a circulation path that is accessible and easy to navigate?

  • Wide path: 1.2m minimum, 1.8m allows two wheelchairs/prams to pass each other
  • Gentle slopes: Maximum 1:20 slope (refer Australian Standards)
  • Consistent material: different from surrounding surfaces
  • Edge: flush with surrounding surfaces, consider high contrast colour to edge

Are there tactile ground surface indicators (TGSIs) to indicate hazards?

  • Use warning tactiles: for example top of slide flush with ground, top/bottom of stairs, ramps

Do raised platforms, walkways and ramps have a safe edge?

  • Ensure there is a kickplate or handrail on the edge (refer to Australian Standards)

Can the entry gate be opened by an adult in a wheelchair or with limited mobility?

  • Consider additional means of access (swipe card, buzzer, MLAK key)

Is the play equipment accessible?

  • Equipment flush with adjacent surfaces (for example carousels, top of slides)
  • Entry/exit point of equipment has accessible surface (for example, rubber softfall path to access swing/seat)
  • Interactive elements are at a reachable height
  • Play tables to allow for wheelchair access

Can everyone access the ‘coolest thing’ in the playspace?

  • If elevated, ensure the ‘coolest thing’ has a ramped access point

Does everyone have an opportunity to play with nature?

  • Not all nature play’ elements can be accessible; however, ensure there are some that can be accessed by all


Has the space been reviewed to understand the natural environment?

  • Sun: face equipment away from northern sun (for example slides face south)
  • Wind: use screening to protect picnic/quiet areas from wind (if required)
  • Natural features: utilise existing nature (vegetation, trees, views or creeks)
  • Does the playspace have adequate shade over key play areas and seating?


Is the playspace easy to navigate?

  • Provide a clear logical layout from entry to exit with play zones arranged adjacent to a main circulation path

Is there a defined entry with adequate space?

  • Ensure there is enough paved area for people to congregate, wait, sit and supervise

Is there a secure boundary enclosure around the space?

  • Ideally the entire playspace should be within a secure boundary enclosure including open grass, natural play and picnic areas

Are the different activity zones easy to identify?

  • Consider active/passive/quiet/circulation zones
  • Consider different colour groups/surfaces to define each zone. The quiet zones should be away from the active zones

Is there adequate space between play equipment?

  • Consider play equipment fall zones, movement zones, areas to ‘wait your turn’ and space for multiple users


Are there public transport links close by?

  • Bus, train or tram

Are there accessible car parking spaces?

  • Ensure car parks comply with Australian Standards
  • A highly used playspace will need more than the minimum requirement for accessible car parks
  • A bus parking/drop-off zone should be considered

Are there existing safe and accessible path/cycle networks and pedestrian crossings?

  • Smooth surfaces, wide paths, gentle slopes or kerb ramps

Has a traffic analysis of nearby roads been completed?

  • Locate the playspace a safe distance from adjacent roads. Consider traffic calming devices if traffic volumes are high

Are there existing accessible facilities nearby?

  • Toilet, café or supermarket

Are there existing community groups in the area that the playspace can connect with?

  • Schools, kindergartens, playgroups, sporting clubs or community centres


Is the entrance/exit easy to find?

  • Provide at least two entry points

Does the signage make everyone feel welcome?

  • signage promoting inclusivity
  • cultural signage (for example Aboriginal language/symbols)

Can the playspace be found easily online?

  • Provide a map, identify playspace features (toilets, shade, car parking, change table or fencing) and provide directions on how to get there

Is the signage easily understood by everyone?

  • Text: use sans-serif fonts, select appropriate colour contrast, avoid using ALL CAPS or underlines
  • Not just text: include simple images/symbols and Braille
  • Height: readable by children and those in wheelchairs (suggest 1m from ground)
  • Map: consider a tactile map at the entry showing access paths and key features
  • Audio: consider providing audio information about the park
“Slides my carer can take me down, more ramps to help, and some more round swings to lie on instead of sitting up.”

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Last Updated:
26 Oct 2023
Printed on:
22 Feb 2024
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