The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 6 was held in Sydney and hosted by the University of New South Waltes, Griffith University, the Australian National University and The University of Sydney.

All papers presented at the SOAC 2013 have been subject to a double blind refereeing process and have been reviewed by at least two referees. In particular, the review process assessed each paper in terms of its policy relevance and the contribution to the conceptual or empirical understanding of Australian cities.

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