The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. This third conference was jointly hosted in Adelaide by the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

Papers from all past and subsequent SOAC conferences can be found at the State of Australian Cities Conferences Collection on APO.

SOAC 3 focused on the contemporary form and structure of Australian cities and refereed papers were grouped into six key sub-themes: 

  • City Economy - economic change and labour market outcomes of globalisation, land use pressures, changing employment locations.
  • Social City – including population, migration, immigration, polarisation, equity and disadvantage, housing issues, recreation.
  • City Environment - sustainable development, management and performance, natural resource management, limits to growth, impacts of air, water, climate, energy consumption, natural resource uses, conservation, green space.
  • City Structures – the emerging morphology of the city – inner suburbs, middle suburbs, the CBD, outer suburbs and the urban-rural fringe, the city region.
  • City Governance – including taxation, provision of urban services, public policy formation, planning, urban government, citizenship and the democratic process.
  • City Infrastructure – transport, mobility, accessibility, communications and IT, and other urban infrastructure provision.
Conference paper

Evaluating urban transport and land use policies through the use of an accessibility modelling framework

This paper discusses a framework used to develop measures of accessibility that take into consideration the travel behaviour of individuals in addition to other factors that are sensitive to transport and urban planning policies.
Conference paper

Onward, outward, upward? a review of contemporary Australian metropolitan growth policies

Cities that have opted for Urban Growth Boundaries are faced with a significant decision as to the elasticity of those boundaries and the relationship between urban consolidation and expansion. This paper makes a comparative review of current growth strategies for the major Australian metropolitan areas
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Welfare locks, housing stability and tenant exits from public housing

This paper utilises the administrative records of a state housing authority to explore welfare locks, the work incentive effects of income related rents and welfare dependence in relation to public housing.
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Multiple dialogues and conflicting agendas on governing the city: Western Australia's 'Dialogue with the City'

Governments are seeking to involve the broader community in their decision-making processes in response to changes in the relationships between citizens and the state. This paper argues that participatory processes are viewed in multiple ways through multiple dialogues or discourses.
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Change in peri-urban Australia: implications for land use policies

The lack of integrated planning threatens the future of Australian peri-urban areas at a time when their values are becoming increasingly important for Australian cities and regional areas.