Privacy Policy

DIO Darlinghurst

What we now call the Small Shift Model was first piloted in Darlinghurst in 2015-2016, when Julia Suh (Urban Toolbox) partnered with Rough Edges, a community café for people experiencing homelessness. The project had over 30+ participants including members of the street community and local residents who contributed to mural painting, street library set-up and gardening. The positive impact of the project was measured through before-and-after surveys, interviews, behavioural studies and social media responses. The learnings from this pilot project and Julia’s Westpac Social Change Fellowship informed the operational and strategic plans for Small Shift.

With DIO Darlinghurst as a case study, this documentary explores urban inequity that we face today, global practices that we can learn from and the purpose of our work.
Taking advantage of the project location on a main street, we invited the public to be curious and engage with the project and the community.

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DIO Telopea

Julia Suh was selected by City of Parramatta to pitch her idea to the Parramatta and the wider community in the Pitch for Good Parramatta program. She raised over $14,000 from the 30-day crowdfunding campaign to take the Small Shift model to Sydney’s west and implement a DIO project in Telopea. Small Shift is now working with the Telopea community, well supported by local organisations, to come up with great DIO ideas for the area.

> Are you part of the Telopea community and want to get involved? Sign up here.

DIO Telopea crowdfunding campaign video
A Community Ideas Workshop was held in Dec 2018 and led to a series of ideas for Waratah Shopping Centre’s public spaces.

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This project received support from the community and the City of Parramatta Council through the Parramatta Pitch for Good program.

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DIO Kingswood

Small Shift is working with Penrith City Council, supported by Mission Australia and Evolve Housing, to facilitate a positive social change in public spaces in Kingswood, a suburb in Greater Western Sydney. Small Shift is supporting Kingswood community to reimagine and create a welcoming gateway to the suburb with quick and easy placemaking ideas that will improve the perception of safety, social opportunities and the look and feel of the area.

> Are you part of the Kingswood community and want to get involved? Sign up here or join our DIO Kingswood Facebook group

The project site has generous footpaths, a newly upgraded park, a series of shops, a train station and a well-used post office. Small Shift taps into existing positive conditions to maximise project impact.  

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DIO Seaforth

Seaforth Piazza is a public space located in the heart of Seaforth that connects the beautiful, volunteer-run Balgowlah-Seaforth Library, Seaforth Village Community Centre and a café. It is visually, historically and geographically positioned to be a community hub, but is currently underutilised. Taking advantage of the lower level of the Piazza that is protected from vehicles, Small Shift worked with Seaforth and Balgowlah residents, schools and businesses to activate the area with family-friendly and inclusive DIO ideas. Three community members led a component of the project each: community chalkboard/mural; new plants and planters painted by local children; and giant games.

Seaforth Piazza Activation video

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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out the personal information that Small Shift collects, and how Small Shift collects, holds, uses and discloses the personal information.  It also explains how an individual may seek to access or correct their personal information or make a privacy complaint.

Changes to this privacy policy will be posted at this location.  This privacy policy was last updated in July 2018.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

In order to provide our services, we collect personal information (PI) directly from individuals who respond to our survey and expression of interest forms, including their name, age, email address, gender, residence postcode,  phone number as well as some information regarding their personal habits and opinions.  This personal information is collected via an online survey and expression of interest forms.

We also collect information directly from individuals who subscribe to Small Shift news by clicking on a subscription button, including their name and address. This information is collected by a subscription pop-up window.

In some circumstances Small Shift may also collect personal information provided by third parties or clients from previous studies, including the names and addresses of relevant stakeholders.

Small Shift collect, use and disclose the personal information for the following purposes:

  1. using the data collected to analyse how a public space or a town center is currently being used by which demographic groups;
  2. to guide future decisions about how to improve the public space or town centre; and
  3. to send out news and resources and engage employees and volunteers.

For the purposes above, we may disclose customers personal information:

  1. internally to the Small Shift team, including staff, volunteers and advisors in order to share:

a) qualitative data and some anecdotes and stories; and

b) the change in the number of subscribers; and

c) the subscribers field of work gleaned from work email addresses and any changes to this field of work.

2. externally to strategic partners or clients, for example local governments and community housing providers and property groups for the same reasons as 1. a. and b. above, however that personal information will only be shared with the consent of the individual.

We do not currently disclose a customer’s personal information overseas.

Security and Storage of Personal Information

We hold the personal information securely in our hard drive and using an online file hosting service. We also use online survey platforms to run the Small Shift surveys. If you are providing personal information via an email or an online form you should be aware that there are some risks to transmitting data via the Internet.


Destruction of Personal Information

For individuals who signed up to mailing lists, Small Shift will keep their personal information until they unsubscribe.

For survey respondents, their personal information will be destroyed by Small Shift five years after publication of the results of the study. The data will be destroyed by a qualified IT professional.

Access and/or Correct Personal Information

You have a right to request to access and/or correct your personal information.  If you would like to make such a request, please contact us using the contact details at the end of this privacy policy.  We may ask you to provide evidence of your identity before we deal with your request.

We will deal with your request to access and/or correct your personal information as soon as is practicable after we receive it (usually within 30 days).  While we will not charge you for making a request to access your personal information, we may require you to pay our reasonable costs of providing you with that information.  We will not charge you for making a request to correct your personal information or for our costs of correcting your personal information.


If you would like to make a complaint about our handling of your personal information, or have a query or concern about our handling of your personal information, please contact us using the contact details at the end of this policy.

We may ask you to put your complaint in writing.  We will investigate and respond to your complaint as soon as is practicable after we receive it (usually within 30 days).

If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you can refer it to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our handling of your personal information, wish to request to access or correct your information, or wish to make a privacy compliant, please contact us using one of the methods below:

Postal Address PO BOX 21190 World Square NSW 2002

Phone Number  +61 431 526 426

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