Urban policy

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Research report

2 Mar 2018

Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).

Canberra Urban...


27 Feb 2018

Important research is looking at counteractive measures to urban heat island effect from the best materials to reflect urban heat to the best technology and urban design to keep us cool. What we can do now is make our cities, where the majority live, smarter,...

Research report

21 Feb 2018

In Australia, capital cities are increasingly stepping forward to offer leadership on greenhouse gas abatement to a degree not evident at the national level, nor in many states and territories. This paper analyses the carbon targets, strategies, outcomes, policies and measures that are being used...

Discussion paper

14 Feb 2018

The Digital Built Australia policy primer outlines a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions.

The policy document proposes...


30 Jan 2018

This paper looks at the mechanisms in place to plan, prioritise and assess infrastructure development in each of the jurisdictions, including Infrastructure Australia.


29 Jan 2018

El Paso represents one half of the largest binational metroplex in the Western Hemisphere. It's regional population is expected to exceed 3 million by 2030. This strategy looks at how the city can move beyond simple survival by intelligently adapting to the changing world....

Journal article

10 Jan 2018

Existing evidence on the beneficial effects of nature on mental health comes from studies using cross-sectional designs. We developed a smartphone-based tool (Urban Mind; www.urbanmind.info ) to examine how exposure to natural features within the built environment affects mental well-being in real time. The tool...


9 Dec 2017

Urban water infrastructure faces a number of challenges over coming years. This report outlines a pathway for reform.


A report prepared for Infrastructure Australia
9 Dec 2017

Infrastructure Australia commissioned this report on the optimal settings required for economic, environmental and health regulation in the Australian urban water sector, and the opportunities for regulatory improvement.


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.


30 Nov 2017

This draft 'Green Infrastructure' strategy has been prepared to guide the planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across New South Wales.

Annual Report

8 Nov 2017

A sound knowledge of how informal green spaces are used, or of why they are not being used, can inform planners and decision-makers when intervening in such spaces to increase the liveability of urban neighbourhoods.

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8 Nov 2017

The Green Building Council of Australia with the Property Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), Energy Efficiency Council, Facilities Management Association of Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne and CitySwitch have produced a policy framework addressing the potential...

Draft report

6 Nov 2017

The MRA is inviting public comment on a new planning framework for an extended Subiaco Redevelopment Area, including the Princess Margaret Hospital site, Subiaco Oval, Kitchener Park and surrounding land.


1 Nov 2017

Prioritizing efforts in four areas could help cities achieve 90 to 100 percent of the emissions reductions needed by 2030.


26 Oct 2017

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?

Blog post

25 Oct 2017

C40 mayors' open letter and their fossil-fuel-free streets declaration to achieve 'green and healthy streets'.

Draft report

A metropolis of three cities - connecting people
20 Oct 2017

This draft plan is built on a vision where the people of Greater Sydney live within thirty minutes of their jobs, education and health facilities, services and great places.


17 Oct 2017

The Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities were developed by Robin Chase, Zipcar co-Founder, and a consortium of leading city and transport organizations including: the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Natural Resources Defense...


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, explains Catherine Brown.