The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 5 was held in Melbourne and hosted by the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Latrobe University as well as the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Grattan Institute, the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne.

Three plenary panels brought researchers from across the country to address ‘big issues’: place-based disadvantage, the design and form of Australian cities, and metropolitan governance. Over 175 papers, in 46 themed sessions, cover topics ranging from planning and governance for environmental sustainability, to housing affordability and adequacy in the context of an ageing population. Healthy communities, better public transport, high quality open space, participatory planning, and issues affecting the peri-urban fringe are also strong sub-themes within this conference. All published papers have been subject to a peer reviewing process.

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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The planning of commemorative works in Canberra: on death and sublation

After outlining the issues to be explored and the types of data that can shed light on them, this paper provides a brief history of the major memorials erected in Canberra up until 2002, and the rationales that shaped them. The main focus of the...
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Better to be roughly right rather than exactly wrong: the concept of certainty in land use planning

This paper is an attempt to unravel the notion of certainty in land-use planning by engaging with other concepts such as discretion and flexibility, prescription and control, all of which have resonance in the way in which we seek to understand and operate the planning...
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Supporting human health: focusing effective built environment interventions

The built environment has an important role to play in supporting human health as part of everyday living. This paper examines what the most effective built environment interventions are that support human health.
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Investigating crime precipitators and the 'environmental backcloth' of the night time economy: an environmental criminology perspective from an Australian Capital City.

This paper investigates crime and the night-time economy (NTE) associated with an entertainment district in an Australian capital city. It discusses the concept of the ‘environmental backcloth’ (Brantingham and Brantinham, 1993) to this area as important contextual background to some of the contemporary crime problems.
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Future of the fringe: scenarios for Melbourne's peri-urban growth

This paper will explore the process of modelling growth and change across the outer peri-urban region and for specific localities and communities. It will introduce scenarios for change based on trends, planning policy options and future costs and preferences, and the results of spatial (GIS)...