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Canberra ranks highly on new National Cities Performance Framework

The Australian Government launched the first National Cities Performance Framework on 8 December 2017.

The Performance Framework provides a snapshot of the productivity and progress of Australia’s largest 21 cities plus Western Sydney. It is the first official framework of its kind in Australia and brings together critical data on our cities in an easily accessible online format.

In one location, you will be able to track the performance of cities across key measures: Jobs and Skills; Infrastructure and Investment; Liveability and Sustainability; Innovation and Digital Opportunities; Governance, Planning and Regulation; and Housing.

The Performance Framework will assist all levels of government, industry and the community to better target, monitor and evaluate cities policy and investments, including through City Deals.

How does Canberra rank?

Canberra ranks highly on the new framework particularly with regards to green space, jobs within 30 minutes of home, rent and mortgage stress, per capita greenhouse gas emissions, unemployment, affordable housing and levels of business innovation.

How was it developed?

The Performance Framework draws on a range of Australian and international performance frameworks, data sources and literature.

The Government has consulted widely on the Performance Framework – including through expert workshops, roundtables, bilateral meetings and an online forum established for the Cities Reference Group.

The Government also released the Performance Framework Interim Report for public feedback in July 2017 and received submissions.

Future directions

The Performance Framework is a living resource that will be improved through annual updates and three-yearly reviews. This will include ongoing cooperation with governments, industry and the community to improve the underpinning data.

Visit the National Cities Performance Framework Dashboard to explore the data: smart-cities.dashboard.gov.au or download the National Cities Performance Framework Final Report.

Source: National Cities Performance Framework and The Fifth Estate

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