Charging our future: a draft long-term electric vehicle charging strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand
This draft strategy document outlines the New Zealand Government’s long-term strategic vision for Aotearoa’s national electric vehicle charging infrastructure system.
Taxi troubles: the experiences of people with disability and taxis in NSW
This report of an online survey on the experiences of people with disability using taxi services provides clear evidence that the point-to-point transport network is not meeting the needs of its users, and that industry practices are in fact, are actively discouraging people with disability...
Are we building harder, hotter cities? The vital importance of urban green spaces
This report presents new data on how public and private green spaces in Auckland, Hamilton and Greater Wellington have evolved over the decades. It finds New Zealand's cities are currently well-endowed with green space, though some suburbs are greener than others.
Where should we build new housing? Better targets for local councils
As a case study, this paper discusses the Sydney housing market, the location of much of Australia’s most expensive housing. It argues that appropriately designed housing targets would involve a large increase in apartment construction in the affluent inner and eastern suburbs, where the housing...
What makes inclusive communities? Meanings, tensions, change needed
This report presents finding from the first stage of the multi year, Planning Inclusive Communities Research Project. 97 participants, aged 9 to 92 years of age, shared their thoughts, experiences, and ideas of what makes communities inclusive, their current experiences of living in their communities...
Distributional effects of urban transport policies to discourage car use: a literature review
This paper takes stock of scientific findings to date regarding the distributional effects of policies discouraging car use in urban areas. These policies include cordon tolls, distance-based charges, fuel taxes, parking measures and public transport subsidies.
Mission metrics: policy evaluation tools for cities to optimise learning for the green transition
The authors of this paper argue that if decision-makers are to find solutions for addressing wicked problems, such as the climate crisis, they must develop skills for accepting and navigating risks as a means for accelerating innovation.
Digital energy futures: future living energy scenarios 2030/2050
This report explores how diverse households will live and use energy over the coming decades, helping to guide the energy industry to meet the needs and expectations of Australians into the future.
Review refresh: places, spaces and social connections
This briefing paper explains the research behind the What Works Centre for Wellbeing's recent refresh of a review examining the changes made to community places and spaces that are designed to boost social relations and individual and community wellbeing.
Innovations in stock matching and allocations: the social housing challenge
This project report examines whether current social housing allocation and matching policies and practices meet the needs of applicants or tenants and maximise social housing sector performance and efficiency outcomes. It looks at how to optimise housing stock allocations based on individual needs, and neighbourhood...
GreenGo: unlocking an energy efficiency and clean heat revolution
In this report, the authors highlight the substantial benefits of upgrading the UK’s housing stock to make the case for greater policy support above and beyond existing packages. They also argue for a comprehensive, nation-wide retrofitting programme to meet improved environmental standards to be overseen...
Systematic review of community infrastructure (place and space) to boost social relations and community wellbeing: five year refresh
Rebecca Jones, Andy Pennington, Jane South, Rhiannon Corcoran
The research outlined in this report was conducted by Leeds Beckett University and the University of Liverpool during 2022, in response to a brief from What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The report explores the extent to which we can better identify what works in changing...
Planning deregulation, housing supply and affordability: what if land markets are monopolies?
The aim of this discussion paper is to clarify and communicate the current debate and scholarship on planning deregulation, particularly rezoning, as the policy solution to housing affordability.
Business models, consumer experiences and regulation of retirement villages
This research looks at the appeal, benefits and disadvantages of living in retirement villages, as well as at the business models employed and how the Australian government can help the sector to expand.
Remote communities: improving access to essential services
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia advocates for policy reform across all of Australia’s infrastructure. This report sets out an ambitious reform agenda to transform infrastructure service delivery in remote communities across water, energy and telecommunications.
Independent review of Infrastructure Australia
This review report and federal government response is intended to support reinstating Infrastructure Australia's position as the expert advisor to the Commonwealth on nationally significant infrastructure.
Evaluation of the Warmer Kiwis Homes programme: full report including cost benefit analysis
The Warmer Kiwi Homes (WKH) programme includes the provision of clean heating devices in living areas for eligible households that do not already have suitable heating. This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the heat pump component of WKH.
Younger people in residential aged care: progress towards government targets - December 2022
This fact sheets shows there are 2,934 Australians with disability under 65 living in aged care. They are referred to as younger people in residential aged care (YPIRAC).
Australian rail market outlook - December 2022
This report examines the outlook for Australia’s railway construction and maintenance work for the next 10 years and presents the key drivers of activity at a national and state level.
The benefits and challenges of Australian government investment in infrastructure in outer suburban growth areas: final report
This report analyses real world examples of what is possible in the growing outer suburbs, and highlights benefits from these interventions. The analysis includes a variety of case study projects in outer suburbs, across three categories: economic development, community infrastructure and transport infrastructure.
Unlocking the pathway: why electrification is the key to net zero buildings
Around one quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment. This summary report argues that Australia will not achieve its legislated emissions reduction targets unless the built environment decarbonises its building operations.
The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
Infrastructure election monitor: Victorian red book
This report outlines the Andrews Government's infrastructure policy and project commitments ahead of its third term in government, and includes an overview of public infrastructure investment and market dynamics.
Quantifying Australia’s unmet housing need: a national snapshot
The analysis outlined in this report reveals that over 600,000 Australian households are in housing stress, with the figure projected to rise to almost one million by 2041 without ongoing funding for social and affordable housing.
AI localism in practice: examining how cities govern AI
The rapid growth of cities and advances in data has led to the growing adoption of artificial intelligence and other automated systems in cities across the world. This report aims to serve as a primer for policy-makers and practitioners to learn about current governance and...