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2HR Presentation and workshop

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy
SGS Economics and Planning low carbon economy

Overview

New research by The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and SGS Economics and Planning shows that transitioning to a clean economy is sound economic development.

The research report - Australia's Clean Economy Future: Costs and Benefit - shows that even when the benefits of reduced emissions are ignored, the economic benefits of transitioning to a low-carbon economy easily outweigh the costs.

So what's next? How and why should we go low carbon?

During this two hour presentation and workshop, our presenters will discuss the findings from the report and how businesses and governments can move to a low-carbon economy.

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Cost

Free course. Travel costs may apply.

2HR Presentation and Q&A

Growing regional Australia sustainably: big ideas for a big country
SGS Economics and Planning growing regional aus

Overview

The economy of regional Australia is worth almost $600 billion. If treated as a separate country, regional Australia would be in the top 30 global economies and the 6th largest by land area.

Communities across regional Australia are diverse. Some communities are thriving while other communities are in slow decline.

Current challenges facing regional communities include climate change, an ageing population, skills shortage, government service provision and access to markets.

During this two-hour presentation and question and answer session, our presenter will showcase key research insights into Australia's regional economy, what governments can do to grow the regions and discuss the national economy and population plan.

This presentation can be live-streamed across Australia.

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Cost

Free course. Travel costs may apply.

2HR Presentation and workshop

Rental affordability in Australia
SGS Economics and Planning rental unaffordability

Overview

During this two-hour presentation and workshop, our presenters reveal the latest research from our award-winning Rental Affordability Index annual research and discuss methods for addressing rental unaffordability across Australia.

Our Rental Affordability Index is a valuable tool for policymakers to track rental affordability trends, at the state and local level, and inform evidence-based policy responses. It is a valuable tool for quantifying the rental affordability challenge in a way that brings out nuances between places and highlights the experiences of disadvantaged households.

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Cost

Free course. Travel costs may apply.

2HR Presentation and Q&A

The economics of walking
SGS Economics and Planning economics of walking

Overview

Walking is one of the most natural and intuitive means of transport – it needs no equipment, no special skills and we all learn to do it as young children. People who walk face less stress, better health and lower transport costs; society gets reduced road congestion, more active public spaces and thriving businesses. For many, the decision to walk or not is influenced by the infrastructure around them. Too often, this infrastructure prioritises the speed and safety of the car or public transport journeys over those of pedestrians.

During this two hour presentation and workshop, our presenters will:

  • show how improving walking routes and access in a central business district can boost a city’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars
  • show the factors that influence residents decisions to walk to work or take some other form of transport, and
  • outline the urban designs that support safe, healthy and quick walking.

Presenters

Cost

Free course. Travel costs may apply.

2HR Presentation and Q&A

Who should govern Australia's cities?
SGS Economics and Planning Who should govern

Overview

In this two-hour presentation and question and answer session, Dr Marcus Spiller will present key arguments from a bookAustralia’s Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform, that he co-edited with Professor Richard Tomlinson.

Marcus will discuss the merits of establishing a fiscally self-reliant and democratically-mandated fourth tier of government to manage Australia’s metropolitan areas - including, economic, fiscal, transport, land use, housing and environmental benefits.

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    Cost

    Free course. Travel costs may apply.

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