As the peak body representing growth area councils, the National Growth Areas Alliance advocates for better Federal Government policies around outer urban growth areas, and ensuring they have the infrastructure and investment needed to reach their potential. We advocate through submissions to government and advocacy campaigns.

Our latest major submissions are:

2021/22 Federal Budget Submission and priority project list (February 2021)

COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY PROPOSAL: Boosting Australia’s Economy through Growth Area Productivity (May 2020)  See more submissions below. 

"Where you live has a huge impact on your quality of life – on how easy or hard it is to get to your job if you have one; how long it takes to get your child to hospital if you need to; how much time in your car or on congested roads or on public transport takes you away from family and friends."

Our policy pillars

Our advocacy is based on four policy pillars for future policy and investment decisions to support growth areas and the nation. For more details, see the 2020 Policy Platform.

Rebalance Australia’s capital cities

Rebalance the spatial structure of our capital cities by distributing infrastructure, jobs and housing more evenly across metropolitan areas, including bringing new jobs closer to where the growing population lives.

Invest in places for people

As we change our cities to accommodate growth, innovative place-based and neighbourhood planning and design will bring together the elements required to support productive, liveable and resilient places for people to live and work and for businesses to invest.

Unlock Economic Growth

Unlock the economic value in outer urban growth areas and support new economies by matching skilled labour to emerging industry opportunities, fostering the growth of innovation precincts for knowledge intensive and small business jobs and expanding the opportunities associated with freight and logistics.

Prioritise transport solutions

Improve overall transport performance to service Australia’s outer urban growth areas through integrated networks which connect people and jobs and support active, shared and public transport connectivity to lessen dependence on private vehicles.

Our Advocacy Campaigns

Catch Up with The Outer Suburbs

In the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, residents of fast growing outer suburbs called on politicians to Catch Up with the outer suburbs with roads, transport and community facilities to keep pace with our booming communities.

National Nightmare Commute Day

Our hallmark national event gives residents of fast-growing outer suburbs the chance to share their #nightmarecommute stories on social media. In 2016, 2017 and 2019, #nightmarecommute trended during the morning peak hour, and received widespread national media coverage. Watch our videos here.

Our Members' Advocacy Campaigns

Our member councils have successfully campaigned to have State and Federal Government fund specific projects in their municipalities.

Connect Wanneroo

A community campaign backed by the City of Wanneroo in Perth’s north to demand the State Government commits to funding rail to Yanchep and extending the Mitchell Freeway to Alkimos.

Community Connect South

Community Connect South is an initiative of the Cities of Armadale and Cockburn in Perth. The project is seeking State Government funding of $160 million to build Armadale Road Bridge and reduce traffic congestion between Armadale and Cockburn.

I love Kinder

Wyndham City Council in Melbourne’s west is advocating for secure and ongoing funding for kindergarten education. This campaign has been developed to show the depth of support for kinders by empowering people to share why kinder is important to them. Kinder gives our kids the best start at a critical time in their development and helps prepare them for school. This is all at risk if the Federal Government doesn’t commit to ongoing funding.

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