The Australian Institute of Urban Studies is an independent non-profit organisation established through the initiatives of the Australian Planning Institute and the Social Science Research Council.

The Institute is supported by membership subscription and by the proceeds of its activities such as public seminars. Although there are other, mostly professional, organisations with an interest in urban affairs, AIUS is Australia's only widely representative, non partisan, multi-disciplinary body concerned with all aspects of urban affairs.

The objectives of the AIUS are:

  • Encourage, promote and undertake practical, action-oriented. research into all aspects of urban affairs.
  • Disseminate authoritative information and publicise and stimulate awareness of urban issues.
  • Promote the quality and efficiency of life in Australia's cities and towns.
  • Give independent advice to all levels of government.
  • Evaluate the implications of public policies and practices for urban areas and their inhabitants.
  • Co-operate with other organisations with similar interests.
  • Membership is open to anyone interested in urban affairs, including the future of Australian cities and towns, and the way they are changing.

The Australian Institute of Urban Studies is a loose federation of state-based Institutes with a common interest in researching and advising on urban affairs.

The NSW Division has been in existence for 40 years playing an important role of an independent privately organised body conducting its own research into significant urban issues. Under the stewardship of current President Robert Solomon, the emphasis in the last few years has been on public seminars and "City Talks" . These meetings have ranged over subjects as diverse and controversial as migration into the city, geopolitics and housing affordability, the expectations of The Greater Sydney Commission and how to engage with the District Plans.


15 March 2021
Join us for our first event of the year with our Key Speaker Professor Meg Holden, Director of Urban Studies Program, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and Panellists Andy Yan, Janet Webber and Am Johal. They will discuss "Engaging Vancouver for a Post-Pandemic City Plan" on Wednesday, 31st March 2021. This a virtual event and free to register.

11 November 2020
Join us for our second Virtual Event with Rod Simpon - Former Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission on Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

30 September 2020
Our first Virtual Event with the Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces on Wednesday, 30th September was a big success. Thank you to all those who registered.


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