PIA chief executive Kirsty Kelly

14 August 2013 — The Planning Institute of Australia has released its federal election platform, with a four-point call to action to political parties designed to align productivity, liveability and sustainability.

“[T]he Federal Government has a role to play in supporting good planning at a national level and ensuring that Australia’s resources are utilised appropriately and our tax dollars spent well,” the statement said.

“We call on all parties and candidates to commit to planning for the future of Australia’s cities, towns and regions – it is too important to leave to chance.”

The institute’s four points are:

Acknowledge the critical importance of cities and commit to a New Deal for Urban Australia to align productivity, liveability and sustainability

This would be achieved by:

  • Expanding the COAG Reform Council Capital City Strategic Planning Criteria to include better and deliberate management of population growth
  • Refining Infrastructure Australia’s governance to better align with the National Urban Policy and improve coordination with the jurisdictions
  • Establishing and funding future research priorities to support evidence-based policy development
  • Building on the success of the Major Cities Unit to deliver better outcomes for cities across government portfolios
  • Establishing an Urban Infrastructure Fund to unlock private sector investment to support the development of community infrastructure
  • Having Infrastructure Australia advise the Australian Government on priority projects to be funded through the Urban Infrastructure Fund and evaluated using broad cost-benefit analysis against the goals of the National Urban Policy

Demonstrate planning leadership to guide the implementation of smarter and more productive planning systems

This would be achieved by:

  • Having COAG endorse a set of Planning System Principles
  • Promoting jurisdiction collaboration to develop best-practice planning systems
  • Providing incentives for jurisdictions to adopt the Planning System Principles?Implementing multi-objective project criteria to ensure federally funded projects deliver better outcomes, including health and resilience

Implement policy and programs that support the delivery of healthier and more resilient built environments in which Australians live, work and play

This would be achieved by:

  • Adopting the recommendations of Moving Australia 2030 to deliver better integration of land use and transport planning, and an increase in use of active travel modes
  • Supporting greater research and capacity building for professionals to deliver healthier built environments to achieve long-term returns through reduced health expenditure
  • Adopting and supporting the implementation of the ASBEC Built Environment Adaption Framework
  • Supporting greater research and capacity building for professionals to deliver resilient built environments

Invest in the capacity building and development of the planning profession to leverage more effective and efficient outcomes for investment in the built environment

This would be achieved by:

  • Supporting national training programs that help capitalise on the potential of our cities and regions, including enhancing resilience, health and economic development
  • Providing tax regimes that recognise the importance of self-education for professional planners in order to maintain professional standards