Australia

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.

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.

State of Australian Cities 2014-2015

State of Australian Cities 2014–2015

Since 2010, the State of Australian Cities reports have examined the progress being made in our major cities. These reports have provided insight into the vital role that Australian cities play in the growth of our economy and have tracked the overall progress made in Australia's major centres. The State of Australian Cities 2014–2015 once again looks at the drivers behind some of the public policy issues facing the country today and into the future.

Out of reach? The Australian housing affordability challenge

Out of reach? The Australian housing affordability challenge

In this report, the Senate Economics References Committee underscores the importance of affordable, secure and suitable housing as a vital determinant of wellbeing. But, based on the evidence, the committee finds that a significant number of Australians are not enjoying the security and comfort of affordable and appropriate housing—that currently Australia's housing market is not meeting the needs of all Australians.

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