This is the first comparative study of spatial change in population, jobs and commuting patterns within Australia’s largest cities. It focuses on recent patterns of change in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, while also presenting an overview of change in other capital cities and regional cities between 2001 and 2011. The report identifies some common trends and differences across the cities, and investigates the extent to which these recent spatial changes match up to the stated strategic planning goals for the four largest cities. This project has built a detailed evidence base about recent spatial trends in population, jobs, commuting and transport use, which serves as a valuable resource for infrastructure planning. The study was undertaken by the Bureau’s Cities Research team. This comparative report was authored by Leanne Johnson, Dr Afzal Hossain and Dr Catharina Williams.
SOURCE: Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) (2013). “Population growth, jobs growth and commuting flows: a comparison of Australia’s four largest cities.” BITRE Report 142, Canberra ACT.
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