Healthy Spaces and Places ⇒ Healthy Active by Design

“Healthy Spaces and Places” was a web-based national guide for planning, designing and creating sustainable communities that encourage healthy living in regional cities, towns, villages and remote communities. The Healthy Spaces and Places material was developed over 2008-2016 and was previously hosted on a dedicated website, but this has since closed down. (It was however snapshotted by the National Library in 2011).

This resource was developed by a collaborative team comprising the Australian Local Government Association, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The material has been entirely superseded by the Healthy Active by Design (HAbD) website hosted by the National Heart Foundation. From 2016 all the previous resources of HSP have been brought under the HAbD online platform. Over 2024-25 the Foundation has an exciting program to further enhance and update the HAbD resources on its website.


Geographic Coverage

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands


The Department of Health and Ageing funded a unique partnership for the Healthy Spaces and Places project. The project aimed to promote the on-going development and improvement of built environments where Australian people live, work and play. The collaboration produced a web-based national planning guide with practical tools, case studies and guidelines, to assist planning and design practitioners to incorporate active living principles into the built environment. The Healthy Spaces and Places planning guide was launched by the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health on 12 August 2009 at the Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) summit at Parliament House. The materials were housed on a website, since closed down. However the site has been archived by Trove at .


National Heart Foundation