Urban Policy & Practice

This collection includes resources related to cities and towns, public infrastructure, planning, transportation and more. The collection is supported by the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology as part of the APO ARC Linked Data II Project

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Urban Policy & Practice

Report

14 Dec 2017

Melbourne is facing unprecedented population growth in the coming decades, which will result in an increase in travel demands. Plan Melbourne 2014 stated that, by 2050, Melbourne’s road and rail network will need to accommodate an additional 10.7 million daily trips, on top of...

Other interactive resource

12 Dec 2017

A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels has...

Journal article

10 Dec 2017
Social characteristics of the living environment are related to the prevalence of morbidity. These relationships largely disappear when other area characteristics are taken into account. The prevalence of morbidity in low SES areas is more strongly affected by area characteristics. Green space is related to...

Report

9 Dec 2017

Urban water is a critical resource that we cannot afford to take for granted Australia’s urban water sector provides an essential service to more than 20 million people and 9 million connected properties in our cities and towns. The sector has a strong track record...

Report

9 Dec 2017

Infrastructure Australia (IA) plays a key role in providing advice, and advocating for, reforms to improve the financing, delivery and operation of infrastructure. IA has commissioned Frontier Economics and Arup to prepare this report to inform IA’s views on the optimal settings required for economic,...

Report

8 Dec 2017

Australia’s success in the 21st century economy depends on our cities, suburbs and regional centres.

Australia’s most valuable resource is our human capital. Our people — their ideas, skills, experience and enterprise — are the driving force of productivity growth and our future prosperity....

Report

8 Dec 2017

This report examines our deep concerns with planning and governance for the proposed West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) and, by extension, with the wider context for transport planning in Victoria. We are a group of transport and urban planning academics based at RMIT University, the...

Presentation

8 Dec 2017

Cooling Western Sydney is a Sydney Water study on the role of water and other technologies in mitigating urban heat in western Sydney.

Undertaken in collaboration with the Low Carbon Living CRC and University of New South Wales, Cooling Western Sydney draws on...

Guide

7 Dec 2017

Streets that are safe and comfortable for All Ages & Abilities bicycling are critical for urban mobility.

NACTO cities are leading the way in designing streets that are truly safe and inviting for bicyclists of All Ages & Abilities and attract wide ridership. This...

Commentary

6 Dec 2017

Last week’s National Housing Conference kicked off in Sydney with a keynote presentation about Canada’s new housing strategy. Audible expressions of envy could be heard among the 1000-plus delegates when they were told that prime minister Justin Trudeau had launched the strategy (on national housing...

Report

5 Dec 2017

Australian cities and regions are orphans. Responsibility for managing their economy (in terms of taxation, planning, infrastructure provision, regulation and economic development) fall between all tiers of government.

Official statistics tend not to publish economic data in more detail than the state level. For...

Draft report

5 Dec 2017

New South Wales’ freight and ports network is fundamental to our economy. The State’s future economic growth and prosperity are built on the safe, efficient and reliable movement of goods. Delivering a more efficient transport system that facilitates this reliably is fundamental to the economic...

Article

4 Dec 2017

We are all pedestrians. Even if a car is your primary means of transportation, you are a pedestrian from the moment you park your vehicle and walk to your destination. This is also true if you use the bus, subway or bicycle.

But if...

Report

4 Dec 2017

The Gold Coast is quickly maturing into a place of broad opportunity and rich experiences. The Commonwealth Games are just around the corner and we’re seeing more than $12.5 billion invested in transformational infrastructure projects. YP Gold Coast aims to have a bold voice on...

Strategy

4 Dec 2017

As Australia’s seventh largest city, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever draft Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle aims to capitalise on this investment through a collaborative approach. The draft Plan sets out strategies and...

Discussion paper

4 Dec 2017

This paper identifies a set of reform proposals that the NSW government is considering for off-the-plan contracts. The proposals are designed to strengthen protections for consumers buying property off-theplan. At the same time, the reforms aim to provide greater clarity for developers, allowing sufficient flexibility...

Guide

1 Dec 2017

Across the world momentum to reduce climate change is growing. Individuals, communities, businesses, organisations and governments all have vital roles to play. We’re making progress, but it’s imperative that we transition faster to keep dangerous atmospheric warming under 2˚C. There are many things you can...

Report

1 Dec 2017

On 3 July 2017, the Victorian Government established the Victorian Cladding Taskforce to investigate the extent of non-compliant external wall cladding on buildings Statewide, and make recommendations for improvements to protect the public and restore confidence that building and fire safety issues are being addressed...

Report

30 Nov 2017

Research Summary

Reforming state and local government property taxes can contribute to a fairer and more sustainable housing system as well as delivering additional economic and social dividends. This research proposed a nationally coordinated incremental strategy with clearly defined short, medium and long-term...

Guide

30 Nov 2017

Greener Places is a draft Green Infrastructure policy produced by the Government Architect NSW to guide the planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across NSW. It aims to create a healthier, more liveable and sustainable urban environment by improving community access...