Cities and urban infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for Australian cities in terms of transport, high density living, demand for central business accommodation, tourism and major industries.

National policy exchange

Australian cities post pandemic

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has implemented a range of activities in response to the pandemic, including a series of national and international policy exchanges addressing key cities and housing impacts of the pandemic, and approaches to economic and social recovery.

The effects of COVID-19 on migration, the organisation of work will profoundly impact Australia’s cities, particularly the inner city. Restricted international and interstate travel and low population mobility will continue to affect key industries and housing markets in the post-pandemic context. Higher education, hospitality, tourism and the arts which are so central to thriving inner cities face challenges in this economic climate. The building and property sectors have also been affected by changes in demand and investment.

This policy exchange will gather evidence on the ramifications of these changes and discuss the priorities for cities and urban policy in supporting national recovery.

AHURI Briefs and News

COVID-19 reshaping Australian migration in Australia’s cities


10 Jun 2020

Measuring the effects of reduced migration caused by the pandemic.

Pandemic teaches longer term lessons in city living


26 May 2020

Examining the potential severity of long term impacts in city living due to the coronavirus in Australia

Will COVID-19 change the way we travel to and from work?


10 Jun 2020

As restrictions ease, how will we keep a safe distance from each other when commuting to our place of work?