With the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimating that the number of people who call Australia home will grow from 22.7 million in 2012 to between 36.8 million and 48.53 million by 2061, we face a vast challenge in terms of providing sufficient levels of housing to cater for our growing population and to address housing affordability issues.

The challenges are especially large in our capital cities, with the population of Melbourne and Sydney expected to reach 8.6 million and 8.5 million respectively and that of Perth and Brisbane expected to hit 5.5 million and 4.8 million. In this regard, it is crucial for planning systems to facilitate…