Our Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2013 conference

Major Sponsor – NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure




The NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure is a proud sponsor of the 2013 State of Australian Cities Conference.

This key government department is responsible for planning for the delivery of employment, infrastructure and housing in NSW.

It is currently reforming the state’s planning system to promote economic growth and development in NSW for the benefit of the entire community, while protecting the environment and enhancing people’s way of life. Key areas of reform include a new delivery culture in planning, community participation, a strategic focus, streamlined approvals, provision of infrastructure and improved building regulation.

The department welcomes the opportunity to support this conference as part of its commitment to innovation and continuing education in the planning profession.


Gold Sponsor – UrbanGrowth NSW


UrbanGrowth NSW was established to address the barriers to private sector investment in development projects in NSW. The organisation will drive investment in NSW and help underpin the future prosperity of urban and regional centres. As a ‘development champion’, UrbanGrowth NSW will focus on urban renewal projects that will provide greater housing choice and affordability. It will unlock private land holdings and access surplus Government land for development opportunities for the private sector as well as assist in the delivery of important infrastructure.


Welcome Reception Sponsor – City Of Sydney



The City of Sydney is the local government authority responsible for the city centre and more than 30 suburbs within our boundaries.

We provide services for more than 180,000 residents and 20,000 businesses, as well as the daily influx of workers and visitors into the City.

On any given day, the local population swells to more than 1 million with people commuting, doing business, shopping, playing, studying, or here to see the sights of Sydney.

In 2007, we asked residents and businesses what they wanted to see happen over the next 20 years and beyond.

The result is a collective vision for Sydney’s future development called Sustainable Sydney 2030, which will make Sydney a green, global and connected city.

The City is fast becoming a leading environmental performer and our sustainability plan guides what we do – sustainable development is not just about the physical environment but it is also about fostering Sydney’s economy, society and culture into our plans.


Conference Supporter – Australian Housing & Urban Housing Institute






The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a not-for-profit independent network organisation that funds, conducts, disseminates and tailors high quality research on housing, homelessness and cities.

Its mission is to deliver high quality, policy-relevant evidence for better housing and urban outcomes, and its work informs the policies and practices of governments, industry and the community sector, and stimulates debate in the broader Australian community.


Conference Supporter – Urban Policy & Research 






Urban Policy and Research is an international journal published by Taylor and Francis, one of the world’s largest academic publishers.  It is dedicated to the publication of refereed articles – full papers and practice reviews – in English in the field of urban studies and urban policy for those with an interest in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. The scope of the journal is international in two senses: it presents to a worldwide readership a view of the urban policies of particular countries; and it encourages dialogue among researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the region. Urban Policy and Research seeks to develop better links between theoretical and empirical research, and practice.  It seeks to stimulate informed debate about urbanisation and urban problems by publishing material from a wide range of theoretical and research approaches that address issues including urban economics, community development, urban governance, and analyses of socio-economic and spatial change.  Articles in the journal address relevant policy analysis, planning matters, housing, transport and other related issues.

Conference Supporter – Green Building Council of Australia



The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star.



University Supporters

UNSW Built Environment (BE) is one of the largest built environment faculties in Australia and is internationally renowned for its comprehensive range of multidisciplinary degree programs, focusing on the design, construction and management of the 21st century city.
Within BE is the City Futures Research Centre, Australia’s leading urban policy research centre, having achieved the only 5 star rating for Urban & Regional Planning in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  Spanning the areas of urban planning, housing, design, development and social policy, our work aims to advance understanding of Australia’s cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, and their impacts on our environment and economy.

City Futures works closely with other universities in Australia, Asia and Europe in conjunction with state and federal government agencies, industry stakeholders and community groups.





The Urban Research Program (URP) seeks to lead Australia’s effort to improve our understanding of urbanisation and urban questions. The URP was established in 2004 and has grown to be among the largest dedicated urban research groupings in Australia. Our multi-disciplinary research seeks to produce new knowledge for scholarly, policy, practitioner and community spheres to respond to the ongoing transformation of our cities and regions and engender sustainable urban development. Our perspective is deliberately multidisciplinary with our team of leading researchers working across Architecture and Urban Design, Urban and Regional Planning, Transport Planning and Environmental Planning and Policy.


The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest university founded in 1850. Over the past 90 years, the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning has developed a history of innovative thinking in research, teaching and practice across the many fields of the designed environments, both digital and physical. This started with Australia’s first Architecture program and the first lectures in Town Planning from 1919. Embedded within the Faculty is the Urban and Regional Planning and Policy discipline which investigates and debates issues of urbanism; metropolitan planning; housing studies; regional policy and many other fields of policy and development with a focus on the SE Asian/Pacific regions.






The Fenner School of Environmental and Society, The Australian National University, is a leading interdisciplinary research and teaching centre. With over 60 academic staff and 130 PhD scholars who span the natural and social sciences and humanities, the School is active in areas as diverse and water science and management, ecology, environmental policy, energy systems, natural disasters, spatial science, agriculture and soils, forests, climate change and trade. In urban studies, a particular focus of the School focus is on advancing understanding of the complex flows between cities and their hinterlands. For further information, go to: http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/


UTS is a contemporary and progressive university with a global perspective that is linked to the life of the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and the knowledge requirements of industry and the professions. UTS is characterised by:

  • Extensive and multifaceted links to the professions, industry and the community
  • A practice-oriented approach to education, which integrates disciplinary knowledge with professional practice and produces graduates who are industry-ready and highly employable
  • Strong commitment to internationalisation and multiculturalism
  • Student-focus driven development of campuses and infrastructure to enhance student life
  • Focused development of research, as evidenced by clearly articulated areas of research strength.