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Australia’s fertility rate is declining, but is this the whole story?

Australia’s total fertility rate is declining, but this doesn’t necessarily result in a lower number of births. This distinction is important, and this briefing describes the relationship with other demographic characteristics and the implications for local government service planning.

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The future of a wellbeing economy is just an economy

Australia’s shift towards a wellbeing economy, prioritising holistic wellbeing over GDP, is gaining momentum. This briefing examines recent trends in wellbeing, and explores questions of how else government can effect sustainable policy shifts and whether the current scrutiny on wellbeing measurement detracts from implementation?

Australia
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The great housing hijack and the muddled housing supply debate

This think piece from Dr Cameron K. Murray argues against the common view that a lack of homes drives up rents and prices, attributing the housing debate’s persistence to interest groups. It highlights the role of economic equilibrium in understanding housing markets and discusses the historical context of housing issues, emphasising that rising rents and…

Australia
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New insights from the latest edition of the SGS Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index

This latest edition of SGS’ Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index provides timely evidence on the social, economic and environmental trends of Australia’s cities and regions. It shows the importance of place and reprises the reality that where you live influences your access to opportunities and overall wellbeing.

Australia
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A guide for better open space planning in growth areas

Adequate, high-quality and accessible open space is critical to local community wellbeing; however, this is not what is occurring in practice. This briefing examines best practices in open space planning and provides guidance in navigating the impacts of decreasing open space availability.

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Reclaiming CEO recruitment for sustainable local governance

In today’s resource-scarce environment, a well-matched CEO is crucial for organisational stability and effectively managing public services. This briefing emphasises the need for councils to reduce reliance on external headhunters in CEO recruitment and focus on long-term organisational stability.

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Wellbeing and local government in Australia: Lessons from Golden Plains Shire

This briefing discusses the growing importance of wellbeing in economic discourse, particularly highlighted by the Commonwealth Government’s recent adoption of the Measuring What Matters framework. Using Golden Plains Shire as an example, it explores how local governments face challenges and opportunities in embracing this agenda.

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