Regional planning


Final report
11 Mar 2019

This report argues that, with a well-managed 'just transition', the north of England has the potential to become the new heartland for a low-carbon energy economy.


28 Feb 2019

This plan delivers five key recommendations to better balance Australia's population growth – taking pressure off capital cities and presenting great benefits to the rest of the country.


20 Feb 2019

Australian governments did not begin to appoint regional ministers as a matter of course until the late 1980s. This was a period linked to the end of old-fashioned, class-based politics and the rise of our more complex political landscape, writes Andrew Beer.

Briefing paper

10 Dec 2018

This report directly addresses the biggest change to Australian regional policy in decades – the introduction of collaborative approaches and ideas of long-term regional deals.


29 Oct 2018

The 2018 Yearbook is the fifth in a series of statistical reports that are designed to help answer the question of how our regions are progressing against social, economic, environmental and governance indicators. This information will enable governments, private investors and the community to identify...


16 Oct 2018

This report aims to stimulate an informed public discussion around the future requirements of a rapidly changing Australia – and how a national planning framework would help meet those needs.


Version 1.0
3 Oct 2018

Planning schemes are the primary tool to enable state and local government land use planning policies to be implemented and effect positive change to the built environment. This guide will help practitioners implement these principles in the day to day formulation and drafting of planning...


28 Sep 2018

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet effectively manages the Regional Network.


26 Sep 2018

In addition to their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the Paris Agreement invited countries to submit long term low GHG emissions development strategies (LT-LEDS) by 2020. These strategies will provide countries with the opportunity to address three pressing and interrelated policy areas; ambitious GHG mitigation, adaptation...


17 Sep 2018

As Australia’s seventh largest city and global gateway for northern NSW, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism.

This first-ever Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle, and first for a non-capital city in Australia, aims to capitalise...


13 Sep 2018

This document sets out the Territory government's aspirational goals and themes to manage the future growth of the regions.

Draft report

23 Aug 2018

The consultation period for public debate and input on these policies is an opportunity for discussion and improvement, in an attempt to ensure that the new, state planning policies will provide a clear vision for planning and development across South Australia.


10 Jul 2018

The first National Infrastructure Assessment sets out the Commission’s plan of action for the country’s infrastructure over the next 10-30 years. Infrastructure can inspire confidence and growth. But long term projects require a long-term vision, lasting plans, and stable funding. The UK must take decisive...


28 Jun 2018

This report found that rural and regional Australia is currently challenged by two key issues: the perception of regions as ‘second rate,’ and the ongoing trend of people moving to the state capitals.

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The Post War expansion of onshore manufacturing created nationally significant industrial precincts in regional Australia, each surrounded by large swathes of suburban housing to accommodate their blue-collar workforces. However, a shift towards offshore manufacturing over the past decade led to the closure of many Australian...


13 Jun 2018

This guideline provides information for councils, the community and other stakeholders on the contents of a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), how it is made, and how it is implemented.

Discussion paper

6 Jun 2018

The consultation document gives an overview of the draft first set of National Planning Standards (planning standards), what they aim to achieve, and implementation considerations. This consultation document is a companion to the draft first set of planning standards.


20 May 2018

This review presents a description and analysis of literature regarding Smart Specialisation (S3) in Europe, as well as making observations about its application in other parts of the world, including Australia. It is one of the ‘foundation’ documents prepared to inform the commencement of the...


10 Apr 2018

Like larger urban populations, rural and regional communities have also experienced significant changes with increasing forms of mobility across a number of areas involving rural-to-rural, rural-to-urban, urban-to-rural or international-to-rural migration.

Discussion paper

Discussion paper on the proposed State Environmental Planning Policy to protect Western Sydney corridors
19 Mar 2018

The protection of these corridors is proposed to be achieved through a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), an environmental planning instrument that addresses matters of state or regional environmental planning significance. The New South Wales government is currently seeking the community’s feedback on this discussion...



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