As the saying goes, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. In December last year, the federal government released the National Cities Performance Framework as a way to identify baseline data about Australia’s largest 21 cities (including Western Sydney as a distinct city).
With this data it will be possible in 12 months, and with hope in years to come, to more accurately gauge how Australian cities are growing. The data is intended to allow governments to track various datasets and to help in understanding whether our cities are more liveable, more affordable and more environmentally responsible over time.
The information will be collected under six key policy areas:
• jobs and skills
• infrastructure and investment
• liveability and sustainability
• innovation and digital opportunities
• governance, planning and regulation
For housing the focus will be on three outcomes: the affordability of housing in these cities; the supply and diversity of new housing stock; and the location of housing, including the accessibility of jobs and services.
Within each of these policy areas, the framework has identified performance indicators. These consist of data that can be readily obtained, with 30 data sets included.
A variety of housing and population data will be collected to create a picture for housing supply. This will include: population size and growth, population density, dwelling type, household size, housing tenure, housing prices and household income.
Expanding on these figures, the performance indicators for housing will be:
• public and community housing
• homelessness rates
• rent stress
• mortgage stress
• housing construction costs
• dwelling price to income ratio
• population change per building approval.