Project: Growth Areas Social Planning Tool

Project Summary

The Growth Areas Social Planning Tool was developed by several organisations, led by the City of Whittlesea, as a response to the need for a coordinated social planning process for the growth communities of Melbourne, Australia.The Growth Areas Social Planning Tool can identify the programs, activities, services, events, and networks that support residents of growth areas from the beginning of their communities. It aids the building of communities and provides practitioners with resources to make informed decisions.The tool is primarily a mechanism for local governments to coordinate social planning for growth areas, along with other stakeholders who engage in community building activities – state government departments, developers, services providers, and community members/organisations. However, anyone who needs to navigate the process of social planning in growth areas will find the resources here invaluable.City of Whittlesea approached Digital Services Lab to redesign and develop a new, modernised website for the Social Planning Tool.

Key Requirements

  • Create a great user experience for visitors
  • Easily navigate the social planning process
  • Modernise the website
  • Share information and documentation
  • Advocate for change in State Planning requirements
  • Create an online hub for resource sharing and contribution