National Urban Policy
The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport released Our Cities, Our Future—A National Urban Policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future in May 2011.
The National Urban Policy sets in place the Australian Government's objectives and directions for our cities as we prepare for the decades ahead. It recognises the critical roles that State, Territory and Local Governments, the private sector and individuals play in planning, managing and investing in cities. It also highlights that the Australian Government makes decisions that impact upon urban Australia.
This is the first time that an Australian Government has sought to outline its overarching goals and priorities for the nation's cities and how we will play a role in making them more productive, sustainable and liveable.
Downloads and Links
- Full document [PDF: 3009 KB] 
- Ministerial Statement
- Media Release
- Minister's launch speech
- Goals, objectives and principles of the National Urban Policy [PDF: 71 KB] 
- Priorities of the National Urban Policy [PDF: 76 KB] 
- Information flyer [PDF: 10535 KB]
- Foreword [PDF: 294 KB] 
- Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF: 509 KB] 
- Chapter 2: Principles, Goals and Objectives [PDF: 343 KB] 
- Chapter 3: Productivity [PDF: 491 KB] 
- Chapter 4: Sustainability [PDF: 519 KB] 
- Chapter 5: Liveability [PDF: 472 KB] 
- Chapter 6: Governance [PDF: 354 KB] 
- Chapter 7: Summary Action Plan [PDF: 278 KB] 
- Appendix A: COAG National Criteria for Cities [PDF: 79 KB] 
In the development of the National Urban Policy, the Australian Government released a discussion paper and an accompanying background and research paper. In response to the discussion paper, 230 public submissions and survey responses were received. Nearly 450 stakeholders also participated in consultation workshops across each of Australia’s eighteen major cities.
The National Urban Policy is supported by a set of initiatives that contribute to delivering on its productivity, sustainability and liveability goals set out in the National Urban Policy Summary Action Plan (Chapter 7).
The Action Plan includes initiatives to be implemented over the short, medium and long term across portfolios, and this appendix reports on the progress of these initiatives. Appendix B of the Department’s State of Australian Cities 2012 report details progress against the Action Plan.