20 July 2014

Mapping Australia’s economy: cities as engines of prosperity

City centres are the new engines of Australia’s prosperity, producing a dollar value of goods and services out of all proportion to their physical size. But too many workers are living too far from jobs to fulfil our cities’ potential.

20 October 2013

Renovating housing policy

Government tax and welfare policies are worsening the divide between those who own homes and those who do not. Housing policy is overdue for a major renovation to create more productive cities and a fairer Australia.

5 May 2013

Productive Cities: opportunity in a changing economy

The rise of the knowledge-intensive economy is reshaping our cities and leaving too many residents living too far from jobs. Increasing housing in existing urban areas and improving transport systems will increase opportunity and national prosperity.

10 September 2012

Tomorrow’s suburbs: Building flexible neighbourhoods

Our city fringes are growing at rapid rate. But if these new neighbourhoods do not keep up with the shifting profile and changing needs of their residents over time, they will become less desirable places to live and won’t undergo the renewal that is essential to a successful city. However, we can do things now to ensure that our new suburbs are flexible enough to thrive for decades to come.

26 March 2012

Social cities

Humans are social animals: relationships are critical to our wellbeing. This report looks at ways to make cities better places to live by increasing our opportunities to connect with other people.

14 November 2011

Getting the housing we want

Getting the housing we want proposes a new approach to city planning that allows our cities to grow while giving residents a real say in the future of their neighbourhoods.

19 September 2011

What Matters Most? – A Grattan Working Paper

What Matters Most? reveals significant differences in housing priorities across the population. Over time they could lead to large shifts in the housing mix of our cities.

20 June 2011

The housing we’d choose

Original research on the housing preferences of Australians shows that the housing they would choose is a much more varied mix than either Sydney or Melbourne currently provides.

The report also examines recent construction trends and uncovers barriers to delivering more of the housing people say they want.

18 October 2010

Cities: who decides?

Cities: who decides? investigates decision-making in eight of the world’s most successful cities, and finds that cities do best when they involve citizens in far-reaching change.

28 June 2010

The cities we need

The first report from the Cities Program aims to set an agenda for thinking about the future of Australia’s cities. It asks how our cities meet the material and psychological needs of their residents, and identifies emerging challenges to meeting these needs.