Sarah Braund is a social planner with experience in social research, strategy and policy development, needs assessments, social infrastructure and services planning, and projects focusing on healthy urban development.

Sarah is passionate about adopting strengths-based approaches to addressing community needs, providing particular attention to the needs of specific cohorts, and diverse and vulnerable communities.

An experienced researcher, Sarah also understands the importance of developing a robust evidence base to support decision making.

Sarah is committed to working collaboratively with communities, stakeholders, project teams and clients; drawing on diverse skills and expertise to collectively tackle problems and identify solutions.

Sarah has many years of experience designing and facilitating consultative processes that focus on promoting participation, and ensuring communities and stakeholders have a voice in addressing issues that interest and impact them. 

Sarah has experience working both within and for the private sector, local and state governments. 


  • Cumberland Community Facilities Strategy, Cumberland City Council
  • Bondi Junction Civic Hub Community Needs Assessment, Waverley Council
  • Warrawong Library and Community Centre Concept Planning Study, Wollongong City Council
  • Jordan Springs Community Hub Concept Planning Study, Lend Lease
  • Wollongong Social Infrastructure Planning Framework, Wollongong City Council
  • Social Infrastructure Assessments for North West and South West Growth Centre Precincts, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
  • Arncliffe and Banksia Priority Precincts Social Infrastructure Study, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
  • Cumberland Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan, Cumberland City Council
  • Disability Inclusion Action Plan, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and City of Ryde Councils
  • COVID-19 guidelines and resources for the homelessness service sector, Department of Communities and Justice
  • Accommodation Grants program Review, City of Sydney