Cities research

The Department conducts research and analysis to investigate issues that impact Australian cities. The results presented here aim to better inform urban planning and development, infrastructure investment and broader community understanding of the issues that impact Australian cities.

South East Queensland research project

The Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) has undertaken a South East Queensland (SEQ) research project to provide an evidence base on the spatial distribution of population growth, jobs, connectivity and liveability of SEQ. This evidence base can be used to monitor how population, jobs, connectivity and liveability change over time and respond to investment. The report aims to support the Department's policy and project delivery. The final report is available now below.

The report is available in two parts with higher resolution charts and maps.

The report is also available by chapters.

As part of this research project, BCARR has produced a set of factsheets that summarise the findings of the research with respect to population, housing, employment, skills, liveability, transport and connectivity.

The project is now completed, and includes a set of LGA factsheets.

Working from home in Australian cities

iMOVE report - Encouraging-continuation-of-work-from-home-post-pandemic - March2022

This research was conducted by the University of South Australia between September 2020 and June 2021, and was co-funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications in partnership with the iMOVE Co-operative Research Centre.

The report examines the benefits and drawbacks of working from home from the perspectives of both employees and employers. It identifies the impacts of work-from-home arrangements on productivity, transport and wellbeing, and explores the viability of continuing work-from-home practices in a post-pandemic world.

The report finds that work-from-home uptake was 5 to 7 per cent higher in the three largest capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) than in smaller cities. The Central Business District (CBDs) of the five major capital cities had uptake that was 10 to 30 per cent higher than non-CBD areas. It also finds that working from home can reduce weekday commute travel by car and public transport by 12-17 per cent and 22-31 per cent respectively.

The research concludes that future workplaces are likely to adopt a hybrid approach involving a mix of home-based and onsite work. At least 10 per cent of existing jobs could transition to permanent remote work, while up to 50 per cent of existing jobs could involve a mix of working from home and onsite work.

2021 Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard

The Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard brings together data about Australia’s cities and regions from a range of different sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time. It is designed to answer the question of how our cities and regions are progressing over time.

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Statistical Analysis

Snapshot of Cities and Regions - chart pack

The Bureau of Communications, Arts and Regional Research (BCARR) has produced a chart pack. This chart pack provides a summary of population, employment, housing and liveability trends for our cities and regions.