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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Growing pains: adolescent urbanism on the Gold Coast

The characteristics of adolescence including rapid growth; identity confusion; developing sexuality; growing analytical capacity and egocentrism are used in the analysis of Gold Coast urbanisation.
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Housing transactions and affordability concerns in Adelaide: Implications for planning policy

Housing affordability has continued as a topical issue among many disciplines, including planning. House prices have risen dramatically over the past several years with no real comparable rise in income. Given the steep rise in house prices housing affordability has become a significant issue for...
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The health impacts of local traffic pollution on primary school age children

By combining a random sample of primary schools in Sydney with detailed traffic volume data, we estimate the impact of traffic pollution on the health of primary school children in Sydney.
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Managing risk in the urban fabric

Currently risk is still being estimated by using the past to estimate the probability and utility of events and then using these to estimate the risk associated with this event in the future. The problem with this methodology is that it assumes that processes are...
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The fourth tier of governance: managing the future of our cities

Urban consolidation policies and higher density housing development have become major drivers of urban change in Australia. The realisation of these policies relies almost entirely on the provision of strata titled dwellings, necessitating an exploration of governance arrangements, rights and responsibilities for the multiple stakeholders.