AHURI CITIES AND URBAN RESEARCH
Enabling economic activity to thrive in Australia’s cities
Economic growth, agglomeration, and connectivity. Attracting human capital, facilitating innovation and participating in global markets
Cities are the main contributor to Australia’s economy generating around 80 per cent of the nation’s GDP. Facilitating economic growth is the most prominent rationale in urban policies to shape the development of Australia’s cities. The economic structure of Australia’s cities is changing due to the shift from manufacturing to service- and knowledge industries. Urban policies respond to this in a range of ways, such as; promoting the attractiveness of central business districts to global companies, unlocking the value of innovative industries through agglomeration, and embracing new technologies to ensure ongoing productivity.
The Brief on ‘economy’ addresses ways urban policies are aiming to achieve productivity growth by clustering economic activities, increasing connectivity and facilitating structural changes in Australian cities.
News and Briefs
- Enabling economic activity to thrive in Australia’s cities
- Where are the well paid and less well paid jobs based in Australia's capital cities?
- Federal cities policy, housing affordability and low-income jobs
- Why housing matters in the decentralisation debate
- Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth
- Making connections: housing, productivity and economic development
- Housing tenure, mobility and labour market behaviour