Media reports and political discourse on our ageing population often adopt a tone of panic. This discussion paper untangles the facts from the myths, so that Australians can look afresh at the population ageing issue – less from a perspective of panic than one of...
This paper focuses on five concerns touching cities that are rarely on planners’ screens, or given too little attention - notably fine particulate pollution, heat island effects and noise in local area settings, water quality deterioration from run-off, and the degradation of green space in...
What does sustainability mean in the context of the Victorian State Government's “Planning for Sustainable Growth” plan and what are the assumptions which underpin the plan? This paper will locate Melbourne 2030 within a much longer and pervasive history of antipathy towards the particular suburban...
Is the Australian city entering a new configuration? Or is it just more of the existing trends? This paper provides an overview of recent trends in Australian cities’ structure and the dynamics of change.
Avoiding US-style demographic stagnation: the role of immigration and population growth in Australia's post-pandemic recovery
This report argues that the COVID-19 pandemic affords an opportunity for Australia to rethink the immigration policy and planning framework. The federal government’s pre-pandemic reduction in the planning cap on permanent migration from 190,000 per annum to 160,000 should be set aside indefinitely as non-binding...
This report looks at the way that people have moved around the country between the last two national Census in 2011 and 2016, where they chose to move to or move from, and the communities in which they decided to stay. It sets out a...
This inquiry concerns the National Water Initiative (NWI) — a 2004 intergovernmental agreement between the Australian government and all State and Territory governments. It is the Productivity Commission’s second national water reform inquiry, with the first undertaken in 2017.
Fact Check: Is Australia's population growth mostly the result of migration, and is that underpinning the budget?
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has labelled the Morrison Government's immigration-cutting agenda a "marketing ploy", and claims the budget "is built off mass migration".
Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith claims that Australia's annual population growth rate, at 1.6 per cent, is the highest in the "developed world".