What is My Park Rules?

My Park Rules is a national competition, which aims to create opportunities for every child in Australia to access the amazing benefits of a well-designed green space.

Brough to you by the 202020 Vision and AILA, My Park Rules on a mission to ensure every school in Australia offers quality outdoor spaces for their community. Community groups, scout halls and council-run childcare centres are also encouraged to enter.

It's easy to enter!  Schools and community groups nominate their under-loved space and tell us why it would be great for the kids and community to have it re-imagined.

A jury of experts decides the finalists in each state / territory and teams them up with a Registered Landscape Architect to help them re-imagine, design and plan the best way to use the space. So every finalist gets a tailored design for their park! Our jury will select one national winner to have their park built with the support of the My Park Rules sponsors!

Over time, we will continue to connect communities with Landscape Architects, driving the creation of more quality green spaces, and engaging our networks to make sure every school has a park that rules!


How does the submission process work?

  1. Create a submission nominating the outdoor space you’d like reimagined – it might be an un-loved sports field, a courtyard overrun with weeds, or some tired looking asphalt. Upload a photo to show us what the space currently looks like.
  2. Tell us how your community would benefit from having a park that rules! Think more shade, less pollution, shared resources, encouraging the community to get outdoors and improving the overall neighbourhood.  For bonus points ‘Google’ the benefits of green space, landscape architecture and the term ‘biophilia’ or check out and for more helpful hints.
  3. Inspire us with your vision – the more creative the better! We want to know what kind of park you think would rule your school, and what you’d love to do with it!  Draw pictures, create a collage or mood board, tell us what you’d get up to playing there, what types of plants and trees you’d like to grow – let your imagination run wild. Create a show & tell through videos or images.
  4. Submit your entry video or photos (sorry, only one per school and community group) via the My Park Rules website and answer the questions in the entry form.
  5. You will receive a special link to your unique page. Share your page as far and wide as possible across social media, email and your school and community networks. The entries with the most public votes will progress to the next round – so the number of votes, shares, likes and comments your idea gets on social media really counts! Remember to include the #myparkrules hashtag

Who can enter?

State and territory education institutions with pupils aged from early childhood through to year 12 may enter. Community groups may also enter a sporting club, Scout Group or council-owned piece of land with expressed permission and all approvals sought and granted from the appropriate local council. 

Entrants and guests must be: 

  • Registered Kindergarten or Day Care staff/parents representative group or similar;
  • Public Primary school aged children and staff/parents representative group or similar;
  • Public High School aged children and staff/parents representative group or similar;
  • Local Council staff; or 
  • Individual(s) acting on behalf of a community group.

Is it free to enter?

Yes, it is free to enter.


What is the jury judging criteria?

The Judging Criteria for the Competition falls under four themes:

  1. Creativity and originality of a Submission;
  2. Community engagement and involvement demonstrated in a Submission;
  3. Potential social, physical and environmental benefits created through use of outdoor green space outlined in a Submission; and
  4. Suitability of the Nominated Space in a Submission to be constructed in an eight (8) month period. 

What are the benefits of green space?

Productivity, Community Connection, Clean Air, Biophilia and more. Check out the 202020 Vision website to learn more about the benefits of quality green space.