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The affordable housing beacon we sailed past
Australia has an excellent example of an inclusionary zoning scheme that delivered affordable housing for 25 years, but we've missed opportunities to replicate it.
New report: economic recovery not yet complete, uneven growth across Australia
The new SGS report Australia’s Economic Wellbeing reveals that Australia’s economy is on the mend, but GDP growth is uneven across the nation. As Australia’s economy continues to recover, we need to r...
COVID-19: Divide between the ‘haves and have-nots’ may escalate when major fiscal support programs end
A new analysis by Senior Consultant James Atkinson shows the end of major fiscal support programs may widen the divide between workers in the richest and poorest suburbs in Melbourne, Sydney and Adela...
South Melbourne Market COVID-19 impacts and recovery
New anonymised mobility insights data shows the number of visitors and how they access the South Melbourne Market changed significantly during the COVID-19 lockdown. Some of these trends are yet to re...
What does population density mean for gender equality at work?
This International Women’s Day, new research shows that workforce gender segregation is greater in Australia's suburbs and regions, while inner cities have a much more integrated workforce. This insig...
Victoria's economy and many social norms were upended in 2020, so what does this mean for the future?
What is the future of Victoria's economy and settlement patterns? This article summarises a presentation given by SGS Principal and Partner Julian Szafraniec at the Victorian Planning & Environmen...
New report shows JobSeeker recipients continue to face severe rental stress; Hobart remains least affordable city
The JobSeeker supplement has improved rental affordability for Newstart households across the country, but recipients are still facing moderate to extreme rental stress nationwide according to the lat...
Arts and Culture
Australia’s creative sector can lead post COVID-19 recovery, but it needs immediate support
The creative and cultural industries sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions in Australia and internationally. Here are five ideas on how to support the creative and cultural industry se...
Insight from 30 years in business: You need more than generic data to understand and solve societal issues
Australia’s cities, regions and policy challenges are becoming increasingly complex. Thankfully, we have more data tracking activities in our cities than ever before, which has helped improve how we u...
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Where are people working from home, and how could this reshape Australia’s cities and regions?
New data by SGS shows the locations where Australian residents were regularly working from home before the pandemic. This analysis is a step towards understanding how working remotely could reshape th...
People aren’t agents: We need to consider user experience when designing policies and programs
Complexity in public transport fares is not a unique policy problem. A recent study by SGS Economics and Planning and the Behavioural Insights Team has informed Infrastructure Victoria’s proposal for ...