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...
The fiscal, economic, and public health dangers of water privatisation
Internationally, privately-owned water systems have resulted in higher bills, largely because of rising interest costs, debt and dividend payouts. This report, commissioned by the Australian Services Union NSW & ACT, analyses the fiscal, economic and public health effects of privatising Sydney Water.
Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing
This study investigates how filtering contributes to market-provided, low-income housing in Australia. It critiques the conceptualisation of filtering as a source of housing for low-income households, tests for the presence of filtering dynamics in housing markets (using Melbourne and Sydney as case studies) and considers...
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.
Poverty and affluence in Sydney and Melbourne
It is arguable that the neoliberal macroeconomic policies pursued in Australia from 1994 to 2019 exacerbated social segregation at regional scale and that this contributed to the increase in economic inequality. To assess this argument, social segregation is mapped for Sydney and Melbourne (each divided...
Veggies in verges: a policy inventory for footpath food gardens across Greater Sydney
This case study examines attitudes of councils towards verge gardening in Greater Sydney. The research questions include: What are council attitudes towards edible plants in verge gardening? Are the policy approaches cautious and risk averse or explicitly aiming to reduce barriers?
Bondi to Byron: the diverging experiences of rental and home-buyer markets in urban and regional NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper examines the diverging stories of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired impact on Greater Sydney and the Rest of NSW’s rental and home-buyer markets through a multi-scale data analysis approach that triangulates tourist activity, investor sales, and property/rental prices
City diplomacy and Australian LGAs: the potential for global urban leadership in pluralised systems of local government
This paper asks whether the comparatively limited jurisdiction of local governments in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney hinder their capacity to lead meaningful change within their countries when compared with their peers in these groups?
Platform informality: online rental housing markets in Sydney, Australia
Digital platforms are increasingly mediating how people seek and access housing. This paper examines four platforms, including Realestate.com.au, Gumtree.com.au, Flatmates.com.au and Insiderairbnb.com.au to mobilises a practice-based approach to understanding housing informality in Australian cities.
Cities within a city in Sydney
This paper analyses the urban divide in Sydney from urban planning perspectives in the framework of critical philosophies by applying a qualitative research method of documents analysis and semi-structured interviews.
Sustainable temporary adaptive reuse for a COVID-19 recovery and resilient cities approach
Temporary adaptive reuse is an economic renewal policy mechanism to address vacancy, and an asset management technique to maximise space in underused commercial buildings. This paper presents reflections and findings of early-stage research using a co-design methodology to develop the Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR)...
Integrated Child and Family Hub models for detecting and responding to family adversity
Reupert A., Yap M.B.H., Eapen V., Haslam R., Sanci L., Fisher J., Mukumbang F.C., Loveday S., Jones R., Constable L., Forell S., Morris Z., Montgomery A., Pringle G., Dalziel K.
Integrated community healthcare Hubs may offer a ‘one stop shop’ for service users with complex health and social needs, and more efficiently use service resources. Various policy imperatives exist to implement Hub models of care, however, there is a dearth of research specifically evaluating Hubs...
Survey on the likely prevalence of telework in Greater Sydney: summary of results for Sydney Water
This report describes the results of the Prevalence of Telework Survey which was distributed to collect data in relation to what extent workers across Sydney Metropolitan area are likely to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian Chinese disability peer support groups in Sydney
This pilot project focuses on Australian Chinese peer support groups as an entry point to future research which will include diverse cultural groups. Findings of this project contribute to the knowledge about cultural competence in disability support and peer support activities among people with disability...
The experience of people without Australian permanent residency accessing emergency accommodation in inner city Sydney
This research report focuses on the experiences of people in a temporary emergency accommodation program which is accommodating people without permanent residency in hotels in inner-city Sydney, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NDIS Utilisation Project: understanding drivers of plan utilisation from the point of view of participants
A key concept underpinning the NDIS is the ability for people with disability to be able to access the supports budgeted for in their NDIS plans. One indicator of this is the rate of plan utilisation. This study aimed to understand the dynamics affecting people’s...
Blueprint model of care to support vaccine hubs for people experiencing homelessness
The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to other agencies in the development and delivery of vaccine hubs for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The model of care described here is also relevant to vaccination efforts targeting other hard to reach...
Public Health Unit notifications of hepatitis C and their follow-up in South Western Sydney, Australia
This cross-sectional study aimed to determine treatment rates among those newly diagnosed with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) virus in the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) in NSW, Australia.
More than temporary?
This report evaluates the NSW Government’s provision of temporary accommodation to people sleeping rough in the inner city of Sydney during the initial wave of the pandemic in 2020.
New housing supply, population growth and access to social infrastructure
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...
Housing key workers: scoping challenges, aspirations, and policy responses for Australian cities
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.
Policing public space: the experiences of people sleeping rough
This report examines the experiences of people sleeping rough and their interactions with police in Sydney. It is based on structured interviews with people sleeping rough and service providers and is designed to better understand how police powers impact on the lives of people experiencing...
Does high-rise development damage neighbourhood character?
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.
Urban regulation and diverse housing supply: an investigative panel
This research examines the barriers and challenges within the housing system for delivering housing supply that is more diverse, in terms of size and built form, tenure, development model and affordability level.
Care coordination for vulnerable families in the Sydney local health district: what works for whom, under what circumstances, and why?
Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods (HHAN), an integrated care programme in the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), seeks to address the needs of disadvantaged families through care coordination, as one of its components. This research aims to determine for whom, when and why the care coordination...