About the program

The Victorian Government’s Better Parks and Playgrounds program seeks to improve Victoria’s open space network by investing $7.4 million in projects that will ensure that Victorians have easy access to much needed green open space to exercise, relax or just enjoy the outdoors. This investment will provide funding to specific public land managers to design and deliver eleven new or upgraded parks in designated locations across Victoria. This program also supports the continued implementation of the Victorian Government’s Open Space for Everyone Strategy 2021.

This Program aims to:

  • Provide funding for projects to cater for increased demand for open space for recreational use arising from population growth and higher population density; and
  • Invest in projects that will optimise and revitalise the quality, safety, amenity, shared use, accessibility and function of the existing open space network in targeted locations.

An aerial view of wonguim wilam, Warrandyte, Wurundjeri Country.


This program will provide capped funding to specific eligible organisations (public land managers) for the purpose of delivering better parks and playgrounds. DEECA has commenced discussions with eligible organisations. Further information about the program guidelines can be accessed below:

Better Parks and Playgrounds - program guidelines

Better Parks and Playgrounds - program guidelines (accessible version)

Key dates



Program guidelines provided to eligible organisations

Late August 2023

Program briefing to eligible organisations

5 September 2023

Applications open

11 September 2023

Applications close

13 October 2023

Applicants notified

November 2023

Funding agreements established and finalised

December 2023

Projects formally commence

January 2024 onwards

Projects completed with final reports and financial acquittals submitted to DEECA

No later than 30 June 2026

Please note: Key dates may be subject to change – eligible organisations will be advised of any changes accordingly.

More information

For information and enquires please email the Open Space Programs team at open.space@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 18/08/23