Federation Square Review

Federation Square is one of Melbourne's most iconic landmarks. It welcomes approximately 10 million visitors who flock there every year and is a stone's throw away from Flinders Street Station, the Melbourne Arts Precinct and Melbourne's sporting hub.

The Square is going through a period of change and in 2019 the Victorian Government established an independent review, co-chaired by Jill Garner (Victorian Government Architect) and Tim Eddy (former Managing Partner of Ernst and Young) that aimed to ensure this key community asset continues to be an exciting, appealing and attractive place to visit.

Following extensive stakeholder and public consultation, the Federation Square Review is now complete.

The Review’s report has been endorsed by the Victorian Government and the key findings and recommended reforms and actions are now publicly available.

The review overwhelmingly found that Federation Square is valued as a place to experience arts and culture, to participate in exciting events and festivals, and to come together and celebrate as a community.

Key initial actions include:

  • Adoption of a community-driven vision emphasising Federation Square’s cultural and civic impact and the need to enliven the space with captivating experiences
  • A commitment to embrace the Yarra and better connect with the adjacent arts and sports precincts
  • Adherence to design principles and strategies to ensure any future physical changes “must aspire to match the quality of the original”, to be enabled in part by the creation of a design advisory board
  • Incorporating Federation Square in the Government’s Creative Industries portfolio alongside other cultural and civic icons such as National Gallery Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and State Library Victoria

A $20 million Victorian Government investment has also been announced to enable Fed Square to undertake upgrades across the site to improve the visitor experience.

You can access the Federation Square Review report and read the Victorian Government’s media release via the Engage Victoria website.

The Review team would like to thank the community and stakeholders for their interest, ideas and support for the Review – your insights and contributions have been invaluable in developing recommendations for the future of Federation Square.

Page last updated: 22 August 2020