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) is undertaking a South East Queensland (SEQ) research project to provide an initial evidence base on the spatial distribution of population growth, jobs, connectivity and liveability of SEQ. The report will inform the SEQ City Deal, which is designed to support the region's liveability and help the region respond sustainably to rapid population growth.
As part of this research project, BCARR has produced a set of placemats that summarise the initial findings of the research with respect to population growth and housing.
- Population growth, housing and housing affordability in South East Queensland placemats PDF: 2246 KB
The entire project is due for completion by mid-2022, including a final published report and additional placemats.
Working from home in Australian cities
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.
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.
- More than ten years of research within the Department on the important issues facing Australia’s cities: Research into Australian cities