2014 National Congress

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Congress papers are now available

Full Program


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Planning Congress 2014 was held in Sydney from 16-19 March 2014 and also included the biennial Global Planners Network (GPN) Congress that brought international speakers and delegates from all around the world.

The theme of Congress 2014 was on connecting people with ideas in an environment where planners, decision makers and urban stakeholders could consider those ideas and experience emergent techniques and technologies.

The objectives of Congress 2014 included the promotion of leadership in planning, the demonstration of global thinking and ideas and the showcasing of Australian planning talent, ideas and ingenuity to the global planning community.

Delegates using the rating capability of our Congress Mobile Application were particularly impressed by the following sessions:

  • Intelligent connected cites and regions: spatial planning in the 21st century (Alfonso Vegara);
  • The Planning Profession - Culture and Value (Dr Andy Inch & Trudi Elliott CBE);
  • New ways of connecting (Bob Perry & Ben Guy);
  • Panel of Mayors - Leadership, Politics and Planning (chaired by Lucy Turnbull AO);
  • Economic Value of Good Planning (Sarah Reilly, Jason McFarlane, Chris Isles & Heath Martin);
  • Connecting Ideas - Lessons for the future (Brent Toderian & Dr Lai Choo Malone-Lee); and
  • The Cutting Edge Snapshots session.


The majority of these sessions were recorded and will shortly be able available to view.

Other highlights included the MacroPlan Dimasi Gala Dinner, the National Awards for Planning Excellence, the Sydney Harbour welcome cruise and the Urban Technology IN FOCUS session.

We thank all our partners for supporting the Awards, in particular MacroPlan Dimasi for bringing us the Gala Dinner. This video gives a valuable insight into the work MacroPlan Dimasi does.

A detailed report on the policy outcomes of Congress 2014 will feature in the next edition of Policy and Advocacy News.