Regional planning


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...

Conference paper

3 Dec 2017

Traditional approaches to regional modelling and planning rely on trend-based analyses whereby demographic projections are used to initialise and bootstrap future demand for housing, transport and jobs. Besides, most of these approaches cannot adequately take into account the intricate interactions between land use, transport and...

Draft report

30 Oct 2017

The transport system in New South Wales (NSW) is on the cusp of being transformed. We are more mobile than ever and our lives more interconnected. Technology is equipping us with new ways to travel and plan our journeys, and new ways to deliver services...


28 Oct 2017

This book explores creative interdisciplinary and potentially transformative solutions to the current stalemate in contemporary water policy design. A more open policy conversation about water than exists at present is proposed – one that provides a space for the role of the imagination and is...

Discussion paper

20 Oct 2017

Planning for a Vibrant Future aims to harmonise land use planning with the Government’s overall strategy for developing the Northern Territory. It is intended to guide future planning so that development continues sequentially and builds on, and is supported by, sound planning principles and the...

Discussion paper

16 Oct 2017

The Victorian government through its Smart Planning program is simplifying and improving the operation of the planning system, to make it the most efficient and responsive in the country.

The Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) are the planning policies and controls upon which...

Draft report

22 Sep 2017

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste sub-region is renowned for its unique lifestyle, landscape, environmental values and amenity. These attributes are linked with a stable and diverse economic base and proximity to Bunbury and Perth, making the sub-region a key tourist destination and attractive place in which to invest....

Research report

21 Sep 2017

Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this...


14 Sep 2017


The impacts of climate change will occur at a range of scales that will often not align with governance boundaries. Floods, bushfires, storms and heatwaves are key risks for the ACT and across the Australian Capital Region (ACR) which will increase in...


23 Aug 2017

The NSW Government is committed to planning for the future housing, jobs, infrastructure and environmental needs of its regions. To deliver this commitment, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment released a draft New England North West Regional Plan in late 2016 for public comment....


18 Aug 2017

Communities in the Far West are among Australia’s most diverse, self-reliant and forward-looking. Leveraging these community strengths through regional coordination and local leadership will create strong networks and a stronger, more resilient and capable Far West. Distance is a constant challenge in the Far West,...

Discussion paper

14 Aug 2017

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in partnership with the Victorian Government, has engaged Village Well and ASPECT Studios to develop a masterplan for the Hanging Rock precinct.

The project offers a unique opportunity to review the range of activities and existing physical context of...


11 Aug 2017

ShapingSEQ is the Queensland Government’s plan to guide the future of the South East Queensland region, prepared in collaboration with the region’s 12 local governments. The plan draws inspiration from the community. The need for ShapingSEQ SEQ is a globally competitive, fast-growing region offering great...


8 Aug 2017

In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning.

However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral...


12 Jul 2017

The South East and Tablelands offers snow, surf and rural living with easy connections to Canberra and Sydney.

The population of the region is projected to increase by 45,450 people between 2016 and 2036, mainly in places within commuting distance of Canberra and Sydney,...

Policy report

20 Jun 2017

This Government recognises the valuable contribution of our regions and is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity by investing in services and infrastructure across New South Wales.

The Government is on track to meet the Restart NSW priority infrastructure target of allocating 30...

Journal article

15 Jun 2017

Understanding and predicting spatial patterns in population change has significant implications for infrastructure, property investments, and national spatial planning. It is also at the core of understanding what motivates people to move to different places, and the underlying geographical conditions that are important to people....


14 Jun 2017

The Central West and Orana sits at the heart of New South Wales and is poised to take advantage of this pivotal position to make for an exciting future. We’ve heard community and stakeholder aspirations for the region, and drawn on this feedback to create...


19 May 2017

The NSW Department of Education is seeking feedback on the Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) services play a vital role in the wellbeing and development of children and young people. In recognition of this, the Regional and Remote...

Research report

21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which will influence...