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Ageing and Health: Game On

The first key element in understanding structural change is to assess the impact of change and to address the impact of changing demographic structure. Demographics of Ageing Australia, surprisingly, has an older age structure than the USA.  This is attributable to very low levels of immigration in the 1970s and 1980s, associated with low levels […]


State trends in household spending

ABS Quarterly Update: New figures for retail and motor vehicle sales have been released and there are considerable differences across the states. Figures for Western Australia and Queensland identify a clear softening trend in the level of household spending growth. The recent data are consistent with our expectations for slowing population growth, primarily attributed to […]


NSW EOFY Infrastructure ‘Stocktake’ – Is there a silver lining?

The bevy of property and infrastructure related announcements that are likely to have a positive transformational effect on NSW, and particularly Sydney, continues to roll-out. The 2014 Budget has confirmed $61.5b worth of strategic infrastructure spending (over four years) – yesterday’s announcement includes funding for: Various Hospital redevelopments (St George, Sutherland & Gosford); the redevelopment […]


‘Plan Melbourne’ highlights economic opportunity

The final version of Victoria’s new strategic planning document, Plan Melbourne, was released in May this year. The plan implements a new spatial framework that splits the metropolitan region into five subregions, in recognition of the need to plan for the future at the subregional scale. This new subregional focus provides a mechanism for achieving […]


Rebalancing the Queensland Economy

Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairman – MacroPlan, explores the impacts of the Real Estate and Construction Industries on Queensland and outlines what new opportunities are presented from the emergence of the X-Factors. Understanding the future of Queensland’s Real Estate and Construction Industry  Brian Haratsis Executive Chairman E: P: 03 9600 0500 Brian Haratsis is MacroPlan’s Founder […]


Melbourne CBD planner says build where jobs are – MacroPlan in the press

Australian Financial Review Rebecca Thistleton Tuesday, 20 May 2014 Housing’s key driver is not population, it’s jobs, according to a key architect of Melbourne’s new planning strategy which was released on Monday. Brian Haratsis, chairman of MacroPlan, said the new plan would allow Melbourne’s CBD to expand into the country’s biggest for jobs and residential […]


Section 4: Structural Change Case Studies

Case studies of new metropolitan strategies (e.g. Melbourne, Perth, Darwin) and key urban renewal projects (e.g. Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Barangaroo in Sydney) demonstrate the change in paradigm, the issues confronted by land use/infrastructure planners, and the ongoing opportunities for developers in terms of investment in inner and middle ring areas.  […]


First Home Buyers set the foundation of a stable society

Home ownership, the great Australian dream, is more than simply shelter—it’s character defining, providing security of tenure and a stabilising influence over life’s decisions; it’s a store of value and source of wealth; and, it’s a driver of business activity across the economy. Many factors influence an individual’s decision to enter the market; the capacity […]


Section 3: Demographics

The key to understanding the future of structural change in Australia lies in identifying the underlying demographic shifts that are occurring alongside it. Australia has and will continue to be dominated by the south-eastern states (see Figure 1), with almost 40% of national population growth expected to occur in Melbourne and Sydney; although chiefly in […]