Australian Policy Online is curating an open access collection of historic urban policy resources in collaboration with University partners.

  • Project dates: 2016–2017

Collecting high-value resources for urban policy research

The project seeks to support  the Australian research community to access and analyse key planning documents and data in new ways, putting contemporary urban planning issues in historical context.

To do this, we will expand the APO urban policy and practice collection with high-value historic urban policy reports, plans and data-sets. These resources will be digitised, organised and made accessible to researchers and the public.

Help us to shape the collection

Which resources are most important to the Australian urban policy research community?

We need your help to prioritise our collection foci:

  • specific high-value data sets, research reports, plans or policy documents
  • priority themes in urban policy research
  • key sources including government and non-government agencies
  • important time periods for the development of planning and urban policy.

You can participate in our survey during October and November. We will also test our findings with invited informants from each State and Territory.

Project partners

The collection is supported by the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University and the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney, as part of the Australian Policy Online ARC Linked Data II Project.

Want to stay in touch?

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Key People

Lead researchers

Professor Jago Dodson

Professor Jago Dodson

Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Impact Platform