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The most important characteristic of a city is whether it meets the needs of its residents, both material and psychological. Despite the fact that these needs are central to our lives, they are often at the periphery of conversations about the future of Australian cities....
Australian cities rate highly internationally on liveability and well-being indices. State and metropolitan governments are keen to promote the liveability of their cities as a means of attracting mobile capital, skilled labour and tourists.
An examination of the liveability-environmental sustainability nexus, however, suggests that...
This working paper examines in depth the responses of over 700 city residents who were asked about their housing and location priorities.
This report recommends ways to make our new suburbs, shopping centres and homes more adaptable to change, without imposing undue costs on current residents. We can do many things now to ensure that our newest suburbs are flexible enough to thrive for decades to come....
Most Australians live and work in cities. They are essential to generating growth and to creating and distributing opportunities. Cities are shaped by where people live, where they work, and how they get around. When these three things are in tune with the structure of...
This report argues that government tax and welfare policies, by favouring homeowners and property investors over people who rent, are increasing the divide between Australians who own housing and those who do not.
Housing policy in Australia is overdue for a...
Long overdue changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax would save the Commonwealth Government about $5.3 billion a year.
Summary The interaction of a fifty per cent capital gains tax discount with negative gearing distorts investment decisions, makes housing markets more volatile...
People are spending more on services rather than goods, and so more people are working in services, generating high-value jobs in the centres of our big cities.
Policy, especially in housing, is struggling to keep up, as Grattan CEO, John Daley, shows in this...
NSW is the latest government to released a plan to tackle growing public anxiety over housing affordability. But will the plan make a difference?