This paper has been prepared in response to a remit put forward at the 2019 LGNZ AGM, and in light of the current Review into the Future for Local Government. It examines the reasons why local authorities have been excluded from being supported to be...
Building types to address the missing middle: a review of typologies to increase density in Australian inner-city suburbs
The question of how to best design this medium-rise, medium-density, mixed-used development is the focus of this paper, which reviews building typologies sourced from established medium-density global cities so as to propose alternative development paradigms for Australian cities.
Two years of independent investigation has culminated in this vision for how New Zealand’s infrastructure can lay a foundation for communities and future generations to thrive. The strategy has implications for not only the infrastructure sector, but for social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes for...
This research reviews Australia’s COVID-19 housing policy responses to better understand the intervention approach, underlying logic, short and long term goals, target groups and level of success.
Remote Indigenous housing requires ongoing policy focus: submission to the Review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement
This paper identifies remote Indigenous housing as a structural gap in the nation’s overarching housing policies. It reproduces a submission to the current Productivity Commission review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) which argues for a much stronger focus to be placed upon...
Building on research and analysis published by Grattan Institute since it was founded 13 years ago, this report identifies reforms to boost incomes, improve health and education, create better transport links, make housing more affordable, generate meaningful progress on climate change, and strengthen Australia’s political...
This paper examines the potential benefits of more targeted state engagement with housing markets; reviews the kinds of policy tools through which state governments can influence housing market outcomes; outlines broad goals to guide statewide housing policy; and documents the contrasting approaches currently taken by...
This research explores what is required for sustainable Indigenous housing in remote Australia to deliver positive health outcomes, so that housing stock is maintained at high levels and is designed with climate change in mind.
The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) was established in 2018 as a corporate Commonwealth entity mandated to support housing outcomes in Australia. This review finds that the NHFIC Act has been a singularly significant and successful intervention by the Commonwealth, in an area...
Aotearoa New Zealand faces a profound housing crisis, widespread infrastructure deficits, and the surging impacts of climate change. This report suggests that setting up a Ministry of Green Works – alongside significant accompanying resourcing for Māori infrastructure and housing – would be an important step...
This report addresses the serious and growing problem of building defects in the trillion dollar multi-unit housing sector. The findings are intended to inform changes to planning and development policy and regulation, leading to improved building quality and safety, lower costs and stress for owners...
Population growth and mobility in Australia: implications for housing and urban development policies
This research tracks Australia’s population growth over the period 2006–16 to examine how actual growth differed from projected growth. It also examines key drivers of population mobility in Australia to inform future urban development policy responses to demands on infrastructure and housing.
The substantial shortfall in supply of social housing has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and both state and federal responses to what is increasingly perceived as a major crisis in the social and private renting sectors. This report explores the capacity of states to...
Population growth, regional connectivity, and city planning — international lessons for Australian practice
This research investigates the potential for Australia’s regional areas to attract and sustain population and economic growth, examining whether particular international strategies and Australian models for supporting development have been effective.
This report, commissioned by the St Vincent de Paul Society, examines the commitments of the New South Wales government since 2016 to develop new, social housing dwellings.
This research tests the usefulness of new datasets to inform the forward planning of social and community infrastructure in rapidly growing areas of Australian cities. It focusses on greenfield areas of Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth to demonstrate data sources and methods that can be replicated...
This scoping study considers whether governments in Sydney and Melbourne and select international jurisdictions (the USA and UK) consider key worker housing needs and how they support key workers to access appropriate housing.
Local residents often oppose new apartment buildings on the grounds that they would harm neighbourhood character. This paper examines several examples of high-rise development in Sydney.
This research examines the consequences of COVID-19 for households in regional Australia, and considers that post-pandemic recovery models designed for large cities such as Sydney or Melbourne may not work in regional areas or less-urbanised states like South Australia or Tasmania.