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 latest media release and the Background Information located under the Document Library on this page.

We look forward to your feedback and insights to help identify and explore the actions the state government can take to benefit Federation Square now and into the future.

Want to have your say?

We invite key stakeholders, members of the public and tour operators from across Victoria to tell us firsthand about why they come to visit Federation Square and how it can be improved.

This marks the first of a two-part engagement process. This first stage seeks to distil responses to key prompting questions around what the community and stakeholders love about the Square, wish to change, protect and desire in the future.

To participate you can:

    • Complete the survey below
    • Share your big idea for Federation Square below
    • Drop a pin on the map below
    • Visit us at the Federation Square engagement hub located in the Atrium near Deakin Edge (see the dates under Visit us at Fed Square)


    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

    Are you an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Required
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    How do you typically travel to Federation Square? Required

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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

    Tell us your big idea for Federation Square

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

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    19 August, 2019

    I am not a film star says:

    “Leave it alone.”

    19 August, 2019

    Steven says:

    “Initiate changes to make it work as a public space, not a 'venue'. ”

    19 August, 2019

    kath says:

    “FS strategy should be periodically reviewed with the advisory committee and community. Landscaping finished between Yarra bldg & Princess Wk”

    19 August, 2019

    Lois Heycox says:

    “Open the southern area to the river, add trees, seating, more sculptures. ”

    18 August, 2019

    Maddie says:

    “I think it'd be fun if there was a regular sculpture displayed in the square that rotates over time, like a featured artist of the month!”

    18 August, 2019

    Racer3305 says:

    “Fresh clean water for our water bottle refills. Planting more native trees in the centre as natural shade too. More wooden lounge chairs”

    18 August, 2019

    ann lau says:

    “refer to all my comments above. (particularly about a tall publicly accessible, programmable 'watch tower'; set amongst terraced landscape ”

    18 August, 2019

    allan campion says:

    “Love when there are Christmas and cultural events at the square. ”

    18 August, 2019

    William says:

    “Any extension requires stronger emphasis & flow to the view of the river and across to the gardens opposite, as currently square is enclosed”

    18 August, 2019

    Rod Giblett says:

    “Diorama of maps and photos of the wetlands that were on the site and elsewhere in Melbourne. See my article in Victorian Historical Journal.”

    17 August, 2019

    Francesca says:

    “Dedicated multifaceted place for First Nation’s peoples culture & enterprise improving visitor economy & earning local international respect”

    17 August, 2019

    Ben says:

    “Fderation Square expanded to the east further over the trainline to Batman Avenue. This reclaimed land could provide new opportunities. ”

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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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