About the review

Since its opening in 2002, Federation Square has become one of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. A meeting place for all Melburnians in the centre of our city and home to some of Victoria’s leading cultural institutions, it welcomes approximately 10 million visitors every year.

The Square is going through a period of change and we want to make sure this key piece of infrastructure continues to be an exciting, appealing and attractive place to visit.

The Federation Square Review will tap into the aspirations of Victorians and the ideas from the very best urban design minds to ensure it continues to grow as an innovative and focal place for the community, while also examining Federation Square’s financial and governance arrangements. The review will consider ways to deliver a vibrant and attractive precinct with more public and commercial space, encouraging gatherings and providing better access to the Yarra River, transport links and sporting and cultural precincts.

For further information on the Federation Square Review please refer to the August 2019 media release and the Background Information located under the Document Library on this page.


Public Consultation has now closed - thank you for your feedback

From August – September 2019, we invited Federation Square tenants, stakeholders, community interest groups and members of the public from across Victoria to tell us firsthand about why they visit Federation Square and how it can be improved.

We received high engagement interest in the Review and feedback on a range of core areas, which has helped us better understand your ideas for the future, what you would change and what you think should be protected. See below for a selection of the community ideas that were gathered during this phase.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your views and ideas. Feedback will be used to help inform recommendations for the future purpose and vision of Federation Square.

Next steps

Now we’re moving onto the next phase of our engagement, where we’ll be conducting focus groups to test key findings from the community consultations.



Complete the survey to tell us your views and ideas for Federation Square

To help inform the review, we want to know what you love about Federation Square, your ideas for the future, what you would change and what you think should be protected. This short survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

It's important for us to know where you're from to help us analyse the results

This information will help us ensure we're hearing from a diverse representation of community members

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How often do you visit Federation Square? Required
When you visit Federation Square how much time do you spend at the square? Required
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Thinking about the activities at Federation Square, please rate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements: Required
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Federation Square is a unique place and different to other public spaces?
Federation Square has a good range of shops, restaurants and bars
Federation Square is a fun and active place
Thinking about Federation Square as a place, please rate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements: Required
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Federation Square is a safe place to visit or spend time
Federation Square is easy to walk or move through
Federation Square has good places to sit or relax
Thinking about how you travel around and through Federation Square, please rate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements Required
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Federation Square is an easy place to find your way around or through
Federation Square is mainly somewhere I pass through on the way to somewhere else
Federation Square is well connected to nearby parks, transport and entertainment
Thinking about Federation Square as a place to visit, please rate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements Required
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Federation Square is somewhere I’d recommend my friends should visit
Federation Square is a welcoming and friendly place
Federation Square is open and accessible to all people

Please share any thoughts or feedback you think important for us to consider as part of the review

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Tell us your big idea for Federation Square

We want to know about your ideas for Federation Square to help inform the review.

3 October, 2019

Lewis Sayer says:

“Melbourne has wasted too much time before on gimmicky design contests for public spaces . Uninformed public comments do not lead anywhere.”

2 October, 2019

Roslyn says:

“none specifically at the moment”

2 October, 2019

Michael Rigg says:

“A better managed range of food. An Architecture museum- Melbourne has a lot to say and it is overdue. Federation museum - a unique story”

1 October, 2019

mjpghughes says:

“The addition of trees and shrubs to create shade and cooling in the summer.”

30 September, 2019

studioButcher says:

“Bring back the community garden (similar to the original Pop Up Patch) on the top deck of the car park. ”

30 September, 2019

Metro Fed says:

“Build multi level glass shard to original specs over Metro entrance, a museum, dance hall, bookshop, open air cinema - tinyurl.com/metrofed”

30 September, 2019

studioButcher says:

“Complement the focus of design and architecture with experimental mobility installations on and around Fed Square East - a biennial expo.”

30 September, 2019

Janet Graham says:

“See attached submission — I now see I can't attach a submission!!! Time is running out, so this will have to do.”

30 September, 2019

Micho says:

“1. Make it Victorian Heritage. 2. Landscape/architecture competition to include more vegetation (shade in summer) and sitting areas/ways.”

30 September, 2019

peter says:

“A direct pedestrian connection from Hosier Lane to the atrium. Flinders Street is like a wall to the square. ”

30 September, 2019

krwblues says:

“Perhaps more foliage. In summer those bricks can bake.”

30 September, 2019

Kallista says:

“See above”

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Use the map to show us what you love and your ideas for the future

Drop a pin on the map to tell us about:


What do you love about Federation Square? (it could be a place, venue or activity)


What you imagine Federation Square could look like in the future? (a new building, activity or landscaping)


What parts of Federation Square should be protected? (remain the same as it is today)

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