Communities

Report

Dropping Off the Edge 2021: persistent and multilayered disadvantage in Australia

For more than 20 years, Jesuit Social Services has collaborated with researchers to examine complex disadvantage in communities around the country, releasing a series of reports now generally known as 'Dropping off the Edge.' This year's report, the fifth in the series, builds an unparalleled...
Media release

New $444 million housing stimulus for Western Australia

The McGowan Labor Government has announced a $444 million housing stimulus package to deliver a major boost to Western Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery, and support the building and construction sectors. Initiative: $117 million to provide homebuyers who build new houses with a $20,000 grant Initiative...
Media release

Almost $500 million social housing boost to strengthen our economy and provide stability for Victorians

The Victorian Government is investing almost $500 million to build and upgrade community and public housing as part of the Building Works package dedicated to creating thousands of jobs and boosting Victoria's economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Initiative: $115 million will be targeted...
Media release

Economic stimulus to boost jobs and social housing

A targeted stimulus program is delivering a triple-impact for NSW by boosting the economy, supporting employment and revitalising public housing and supply. Initiative: Revitalising supply Initiative: Revitalising public housing
Guide

Guide to low carbon precincts

This document is a resource for anyone planning or assessing new low carbon precincts. Its advice complements existing policy and may be of use to developers, planners, policy makers and the community—anyone who is seeking to understand how to create sustainable urban outcomes.
Report

Circles of social life, Liverpool

This report was commissioned by the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre to understand the basic issues concerning the settlement of migrants and refugees, including examining resettlement supports for migrants and refugees with disability. The report applies the Circles of Social Life approach, which offers an...
Guide

Code for smart communities

The Code for Smart Communities was created to help guide urban development practices in Australia and New Zealand by embracing technology, data and intelligent design as a catalyst for positive change.
Case study

Greening the pipeline - Williams Landing

A design that showcases the potential of disused infrastructure in providing community open space with an integrated stormwater design. Greening the Pipeline is the transformation of a heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve into a 27km linear park in Melbourne’s west. The project is delivered...
Presentation

Resilience at US Green Building Council (USGBC)

The powerpoint presentation gives an overview of how resilience could align with USGBC's mission. Outline of the resilience-enhancing strategies within LEED and each of GBCI's rating systems, links to USGBC resilience collateral, etc. LEED, PEER, SITES, RELi, GRESB and LEED for Cities (including STAR). The...
Report

Fifteen living labs across Australia. Final synthesis report on CRC LCL project RP3045

Fifteen Living Laboratories have been developed across Australia over the past 5 years under the auspices of the CRC for Low Carbon Living. The establishment of the Living Labs has been a significant investment and this report outlines the Living Labs and proposes a model...
Conference paper

Facilitators of social connectedness in new outer suburban communities

Social connectedness increases physical and psychological wellbeing, reducing rates of morbidity and mortality. New communities, on the fringe of Australian cities, have residents who are at particular risk of social isolation, making it important to identify facilitators of social connectedness that could be utilised in...
Conference paper

Urban green spaces in Australian cities: social inclusion and community participation

Urban green spaces provide many benefits to urban dwellers, from the environmental functions of cooling, air purification, stormwater mediation and biodiversity habitat, to contributions to mental and physical well-being, sense of place and connections to community. Urban environmental justice requires that there is equitable access...
Conference paper

Toward a framework for walkable and bikeable coastal Australian communities

Australia demonstrates a unique spatial pattern whereby approximately half of the population resides within seven kilometres (and eighty-five percent within fifty kilometres) of the coast, and eighty-nine percent live in areas defined as ‘urban’ but that have a relatively low population density. This differs notably...
Conference paper

“From choice to chance”: examining the choice-based letting system for tenant relocation in NSW

Drawing upon interview data, this paper examines the implementation of the My Property Choice’ (MPC) system as part of Sydney social housing relocation processes, revealing tensions surrounding efforts to increase residents’ choice.
Conference paper

Aspirations of residents from culturally diverse backgrounds moving to MPEs in newly emerging suburbs

New residential land in the outer suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne is predominantly being developed in the form of Masterplanned Estates. These areas are becoming culturally diverse with a significant proportion of recently arrived migrants settling there. This paper investigates the aspirations of the residents of...
Working paper

Building thriving, low-carbon cities: An Overview of Policy Options for National Governments

Action by national governments is crucial for achieving sustainable, economically productive urban development. A range of benefits can be achieved through development focused on compact, accessible urban forms; clean and efficient urban transportation options; efficient building energy use and local clean energy solutions; and efficient...
Working paper

From locally managed marine areas to Indigenous and community conserved oceans

The importance of the work carried out by local communities across the globe in coastal resources and fisheries management cannot be underestimated - and communities in the Pacific islands are no exception.
Report

The virtual meets reality: policy implications of e-diasporas

This paper examines the concept of e-diasporas, which refers to social media based manifestations of diaspora communities.
Report

No one teaches you to become an Australian

Each year, approximately 200,000 people from across the seas choose to make Australia their permanent home. This inquiry had a particular consideration of the social engagement of youth migrants, and what can be done to address issues arising from anti-social behaviour such as gang activity.
Journal article

Health co-benefits of green building design strategies and community resilience to urban flooding

Climate change is increasingly exacerbating existing population health hazards, as well as resulting in new negative health effects. Flooding is one particularly deadly example of its amplifying and expanding effect on public health. This systematic review considered evidence linking green building strategies in the Leadership...