Reports and Research


Victorian Planning Permit Activity Annual Report: 2014-15

THIS is the twelfth annual report on planning permit activity in Victoria. A detailed summary of statistical information for the 2014-15 financial year, the data is provided by the 79 local government authorities, the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal.

Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook 2015

Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook 2015

THE Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook provides a statistical resource that aims to help all Australians to understand how their region is progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators. The Yearbook brings together information about Australia's regions from a range of different sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time.

Map of Fishermans Bend precincts

Fishermans Bend Advisory Committee – Report 1

THE urban renewal of Fishermans Bend is a nationally significant opportunity to provide for significant residential growth with the advantages of an inner city lifestyle and the benefit of reducing the pressure on development in Melbourne's middle suburbs and on the fringe, according to a recent Advisory Committee report.

Making apartments affordable: moving from speculative to deliberative development

Making apartments affordable: moving from speculative to deliberative development

Urban planning policies in Australia presuppose apartments as the new dominant housing type, but much of what the market has delivered is criticised as over-development, and as being generic, poorly-designed, environmentally unsustainable and unaffordable. Policy responses to this problem typically focus on planning regulation and construction costs as the primary issues needing to be addressed in order to increase the supply of quality, affordable apartment housing.

Select Commitee on Wind Turbines

Select Committee on Wind Turbines

This is the second and final report of the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines. The report highlights concerns with the impact of wind turbines on human health and identifies various concerns with state planning processes that have facilitated wind farm developments, and with inadequacies in the way that wind farms are monitored.

Dropping off the Edge 2015

Dropping off the Edge 2015

Dropping off the Edge 2015, produced by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia, maps disadvantage across the country based on 22 social indicators including long-term unemployment, criminal convictions and domestic violence.

Houses in Bondi Beach

Grattan Institute Working Paper: Property Taxes

A BROAD-BASED property levy could raise $7 billion a year and would be the best way for states and territories to raise revenue to address their deteriorating budgets, according to a new Grattan Institute working paper.

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