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 Perth by the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.

Conference papers published from SOAC 4 were produced through a process of integrated peer review.

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

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Creative ex-pats: globalisation and creative communities

Given the globalised nature of creative industries and the emergence of new technologies, this study asks whether migration loss could be turned into cultural gain.
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Does planning make housing unaffordable? Assessing costs of planning requirements for residential development in three Australian cities

The residential development industry, both in Australia and in the United States, has made strident protests about the direct and indirect costs associated with the planning process – from complying with building and design controls to the time taken to secure approval and contributions towards...
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Examination of the supply of open space at the residential level: Adelaide

The aim of this paper is to examine if the percentage of open space in older suburbs has changed over time due to residential infill development, how the supply of open space in older suburbs compares with new suburbs.
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Moving towards a knowledge city: Brisbane’s knowledge-based urban development experience

This paper investigates Brisbane's urban development strategies that support generation, attraction and retention of investment and talent in knowledge-based industries.
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Gold Coast development: a special case or same old city factories?

Given the association that the city has had with the property development industry, it is pertinent to ask a question that is relevant to urban governance, managing urban growth and urban morphology: “Is the Gold Coast development industry different?”