Urban policy


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...


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,...


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...


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...

Draft report

6 Nov 2017

A new planning framework has been developed for an extended Subiaco Redevelopment Area, including the Princess Margaret Hospital site, Subiaco Oval, Kitchener Park and surrounding land.

Draft Scheme 2 will transfer planning authority from Western Australian Planning Commission and City of Subiaco to MRA...


26 Oct 2017

Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061. What will Australia’s cities look like then? Will they still be among the world’s lowest-density cities?

Such sprawling cities result...

Draft report

20 Oct 2017

The vision seeks to meet the needs of a growing and changing population by transforming Greater Sydney into a metropolis of three cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City. It brings new thinking to land use...


16 Oct 2017

Vital Signs is a report series that gathers good-quality data about a city from reputable sources to provide a snapshot of its community. Vital Signs identifies things to celebrate and things to improve.

Community foundations provide grants for...


16 Oct 2017

Greater Melbourne Vital Signs 2017 takes the ‘pulse’ of our city. It provides a snapshot of its health and vitality and identifies the things to celebrate and the issues we face as we all create a sustainable and resilient city.

In August 2017, the...

Research report

12 Oct 2017

The co-benefits of urban liveability for the economy, social inclusion, environmental and social sustainability, and public health are now well recognised by all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Liveable communities are safe, socially cohesive and inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. They have affordable housing...


11 Oct 2017

Improved transport has enabled our cities to expand whilst still adhering to this rule. From the advent and evolution of public transport to the increased accessibility of personal vehicles, people can access a greater geographical area than ever before. However, we are now reaching...

Journal article

25 Sep 2017

Metropolitan planning and development of Australia’s cities for much of the past 75 years has been strongly influenced by what could be termed the “North American model” of low-density, car-dependent suburban development on greenfield master-planned housing estates. The negative social, economic and environmental consequences associated...

Research report

21 Sep 2017

This report presents the outcomes of a pilot study exploring how the building and planning system is delivering a sustainable built environment in Australia. The study was funded by the Australian Communities Foundation through the Green Cities Innovation fund and undertaken by a team of...


5 Sep 2017

The Regional Australia Institute and LinkedIn since 2016 have mapped data on local skills and job mobility of workers in eight regional Australian cities: Townsville, Sunshine Coast-Noosa, Greater Newcastle, Wollongong, Launceston, Darwin, Geelong and Hobart.

This work has been providing local leaders with critical...

Research report

31 Aug 2017

Since the term Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) was first coined in Australia over twenty years ago, it has been promoted through the National Water Initiative and policy initiatives at the State level. Despite substantial work towards policy outcomes, Australia still lacks a suite of...


14 Aug 2017

Local governments can play a significant role in supporting communities in local areas that are disadvantaged and/or are going through a process of local renewal. A changing focus for local government in supporting communities through these renewal processes is to adopt a more facilitative and...

Research report

3 Aug 2017

This report commissioned by the EMA, Auckland International Airport Ltd, Infrastructure NZ, Ports of Auckland Ltd and the National Road Carriers Association took a detailed look at the social and economic costs of congestion to Auckland’s lifestyle and economy. The report found that if Auckland’s...


1 Aug 2017

A large body of research shows that living in cities can harm our health. We know poor urban design can lead to people being less physically active, which is a factor in weight problems, obesity and cancers. But did you know urban life might lead...


20 Jul 2017

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

The Australian Government's Smart Cities Plan is committed to creating the foundations for success across all cities and regional centres.

Delivering on this commitment starts with common goals,...

Policy report

12 Jul 2017

The Auckland Unitary Plan has caused significant debate, which has brought to the surface complex issues around housing and class inequality in the city. This report investigates the political and economic aspects of the Auckland Unitary Plan in the context of historical and contemporary processes...