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This Guide was commissioned by the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living (PCAL), now Active Living NSW, to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) on how they can promote community health and well-being by addressing active living and healthy eating principles and practices as they implement, monitor and review their Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) frameworks. This Guide is an updated version of Addressing Active Living through Councils' Integrated Planning and Reporting framework (2010), revised and extended to cover healthy eating.




It is anticipated that the Guide will have the following benefits for councils:

  • Promotion of community health and well-being;
  • Advice on how active living and healthy eating can be addressed in relation to each element in the IP&R framework;
  • Clear links to a range of good practice case studies; and
  • Save time and resources by providing advice on coordinating current practices and 'model' provisions for incorporation into their planning and management processes

The Guide is based on legislative requirements, the NSW OLG IP&R Manual (2013), analysis of documents from council case studies, and interviews and follow-up correspondence with key staff members. In relation to healthy eating, there are a number of key companion documents including:

Many of the case study links within this resource are drawn from these sources.

The specific target audience for this resource is council staff and stakeholders responsible for active living and healthy eating activities, who may not have a working knowledge of the IP&R framework.  As a result, this Guide contains brief summaries of the framework’s key elements and links to the IP&R Manual.

In 2015, Part 3B was added to the Environment Planning and Assessment Act, formalising a new Regional Planning System in NSW.  This accompanied the establishment of the Greater Sydney Commission, responsible for implementing the Metro Strategy - A Plan for Growing Sydney - Sydney's regional plan.  The current and proposed Regional Plans (and District Plans) are a significant consideration in the preparation and review of local council Community Strategic Plans (CSPs).

Across regional New South Wales, the importance of productive land is being identified in the Government's Regional Plans.  In Sydney, a strategic framework is to be developed for the metropolitan rural area which will balance the conservation, economic and social values.  This framework will assist decision making by establishing criteria to, amongst other things, minimise adverse economic impacts on existing primary industry and productive agriculture.  The Sydney Green Grid Project is also being developed to create a network of interlinked, multi-purpose open and green spaces across Sydney that includes parks, bushland, natural areas, waterway corridors and tree-lined streetscapes.  This network is to connect our homes to centres, public transport, jobs and recreation.


How to use this guide


This guide has been translated from a report document into a web resource to assist navigation and interactivity.  It has been put together to support local councils to include active living and healthy eating objectives, activities and actions within their IP&R framework by providing the following information:



1. Why Plan for Active Living and Healthy Eating?

2. Local Council's Role in Supporting Active Living and Healthy Eating

How the IP&R Framework can Address Active Living and Healthy Eating

3. The Integrated Planning & Reporting (IP&R) Framework

Examples activities and actions for Local Councils

4. Example activities/actions for local councils - Active Living

5. Example activities/actions for local councils - Healthy Eating

Supporting Resources

6. Case Studies

7. Funding Opportunities




PCAL acknowledges the contribution of staff from the following organisations in the development of the PCAL IP&R active living and healthy eating resource:


 Steering Group

NSW State Agency and NSW local council staff who provided valuable feedback on draft versions.

Website design and support

  • Mark Taylor