Suburban growth

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Suburbanization
NARROWER TERMS


Report

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.
Report

Addressing infrastructure inequality: a path to equality for Melbourne’s outer suburbs

This report examines the unique mix of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne. It identifies the primary geography of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne, notably in its outer suburbs and the Interface Council areas.
Report

Staged releases: peering behind the land supply curtain

This report investigates the rate of lot sales in nine major master-planned housing developments. The research reveals a 'staged release' approach that responds to price growth, but appears crafted to avoid supply-led price declines.
Conference paper

Functional suburbanisation: reconsidering growth in metropolitan hinterlands

What is a suburb? From the perspective of a city’s economy, the function of a suburb is a place that provides residence and sustenance for workers who export their labour. While this definition includes a spatial distinction between where workers rest and replenish themselves from...
Conference paper

Growing pains: the crisis in Melbourne’s growth area planning

This paper examines the governance failures which have led to this failure of planning in Melbourne’s growth areas. It shows that none of the objectives of the Victorian government’s Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines are being met and demonstrates how the design of residential areas and...
Strategy

2021 Australian infrastructure plan

The reforms outlined in this strategy document reflect an industry consensus that was developed in close collaboration with government, industry and communities. Infrastructure Australia completed a comprehensive engagement program that targeted more than 6,500 community members and industry stakeholders across Australia’s cities and regions.
Report

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.
Strategy

Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021-2051

This strategy document builds on the work of the first cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy delivered in 2016, and presents a vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable Victoria over the next 30 years.
Report

The rezoning honeypot: evidence from Fishermans Bend

Planning decisions that alter the nature or extent of property rights on land can generate large windfall gains on the value of that land. This study compares 2017 sales data for 33 properties in Fishermans Bend where there was a repeat sale at the time...
Report

Relationships between metropolitan, satellite and regional city size, spatial context and economic productivity

This report considers evidence about the existence and scale of agglomeration economies, including in Australian cities. It examines whether city size affects productivity, and whether economic productivity, city size and rising housing costs are interdependent.
Report

Local government co-ordination: metropolitan governance in twenty-first century Australia

This research examines the role of local government engagement and coordination in modern Australian metropolitan governance.
Strategy

Victoria’s draft 30-year infrastructure strategy

This draft strategy document takes an integrated, cross‐sectoral view of infrastructure planning, making 95 draft recommendations to the Victorian government across both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Report

Reducing bushfire risks

As the devastating 2019–20 bushfire season showed, all Victorians are at risk from bushfires. This audit was conducted to examine if the responsible state agencies are effectively working together to reduce Victoria’s bushfire risk.
Report

Living locally: creating resilient 20-minute neighbourhoods in greenfield growth areas

This report draws on research and practical experience to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with achieving 20-minute neighbourhoods in new greenfield suburbs. The report outlines opportunities for collaborative approaches to create local environments that support ‘living locally’ and, with that, stronger social connections and...
Report

Protecting critically endangered grasslands

This audit looks at whether the management of native vegetation clearing is protecting state and nationally significant native vegetation in the extended urban growth boundary areas.
Policy report

Tomorrow’s homes: a policy framework to transition to sustainable homes for all Australians

This report shows how investing in better design for Australian housing can deliver a double benefit. If implemented now, it can protect jobs and keep money flowing to sustain the economy. In the long term, it can lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions, thus...
Report

Managing development contributions

Development contributions are payments or in-kind works, facilities or services that developers and landowners provide towards the supply of infrastructure. This audit examined whether development contributions provide required infrastructure to new and growing communities as intended.
Conference paper

Making sense of ‘cities’: a thematic analysis of Australian cities policy from 1991 onwards

Over time, the focus of federal and state governments on cities and urban policies has been sporadic, and agendas have shifted considerably. Without any sustained policy development or implementation it is unclear what constitutes ‘cities’ policy in Australia. This paper examines strategic policy documents relevant...
Conference paper

New bushfire threats to peri-urban areas from climate change: challenges for land use planning

Illustrating the trend to increasing vulnerability, this paper examines two case studies, South Eastern Australia and California USA, examines the potential effectiveness of land use planning as a means of reducing bushfire risk and argues the need for anticipatory planning to prevent an expansion of...
Conference paper

The influence of Melbourne-Sydney intercity high-speed rail on spatial accessibility: an analysis of current proposals

This paper explores the influence of high-speed rail development on spatial accessibility in southeastern Australia. The aim is to understand how current proposals for intercity high-speed rail would distribute accessibility improvements across regions between Sydney and Melbourne. Special attention is given to spatial effects in...