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.


Conference paper

Re-assembling the car-dependent city: transit – oriented intensification in Melbourne

This paper explores how urban design and transport opportunities can be explored for urban transformation of cardependent cities.
Conference paper

System and strategy: recent trends in governance and planning systems in Australia

This paper analyses the trends in planning governance concentrating on planning systems in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Conference paper

Private car use as resistance to alternative transport: automobility's interminable appeal

This paper reports the results of a study which used qualitative methods to record very personal barriers to the uptake of alternative transport.
Conference paper

Accelerating regional city growth in Victoria: evidence and policy approaches

The objective of this paper is to assess the factors influencing the economic growth of Victoria’s regional cities and identify the strategic policy options to accelerate this growth.
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Getting to yes: overcoming barriers to affordable family friendly housing in inner Melbourne

This paper presents results from a survey of social housing providers, developers, planners and architects conducted in June-July 2013. It analyses how Government can promote affordable high density apartments in inner-city Melbourne.