The CCCLM’s 2023-2024 pre-budget submission focusses on actions that contribute to national outcomes across the policy areas of:

  • climate change mitigation and adaptation, and
  • housing and homelessness.

Australia’s capital cities are facing many economic and challenges in the immediate and longer term, including continuing impact and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic climate.
According to the 2022 Population Statement1, capital cities’ populations declined for the first time during 2020-21; this was due to the impact of the COVID-19. However, the report indicates a return to pre-pandemic patterns, with capital city growth projected to return to 1.5 per cent in 2023-2024.

CCCLM has commissioned research aimed at measuring the economic recovery of our capital cities. The January 2023 quarterly report indicates that whilst the economy is showing signs of recovery, cities are still hampered by the impact of slow return of international students and tourism, as well as work-place behaviour shifts.

It is vital that investment in city infrastructure keeps pace and supports the increased population, ensuring that Australia’s cities remain globally competitive and liveable.
The CCCLM acknowledge and welcomes the Albanese Government’s commitment to Australian cities and look forward to ongoing engagement as previous commitments are fulfilled and commence.

The submission is available here Pre-Budget Submission 2023-2024