PIA Foresight

In our ever-evolving world, the pace of change is accelerating faster than ever. If we want to stay ahead of the curve and not be left behind, we need to anticipate what’s ahead and how it might impact our profession.

With foresight, planners can help communities navigate change and plan effectively for more sustainable and liveable futures.

With this mind, the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) in partnership with have produced this PIA Foresight report to assist planners to better understand the drivers of change and how we might plan for them. In this report, we aim to illuminate the major trends impacting our profession and the communities we plan for.

In this report, we aim to illuminate the major trends impacting our profession and the communities we plan for.

Whilst we can never be certain of the exact trajectory of trends, we can make informed assumptions as to their likely impacts. We have aimed to empower the profession with knowledge of future trends and build resilience for our uncertain futures.

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PIA Foresight considers a number of drivers that are accelerating future trends:

Climate Change and Sustainability

Population Shifts

Technological Transformations

Political and Social Landscape

We focus on trends most relevant to planning, and look across three different timelines that represent the scale of urgency and uncertainty driving how we respond:

  • The Urgent Trends: Act Now

  • The Preparatory Trends: Build Resilience

  • The Monitoring Trends: Observe and Learn

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Key Contributors

This report has been prepared with inputs from the planning profession, through surveys, workshops and interviews and we extend our thanks to all those who took the time and effort to contribute.

A special thanks also to the following individuals who put in considerable time in the preperation of the report:

James White MPIA
Research & Strategic Knowledge Manager
Urbis
Ashley Lane MPIA
Group Director Planning
Urbis
Nicole Bennetts RPIA
State Manager QLD/NT
Planning Institute Australia

Matt Collins MPIA
Chief Executive Officer
Planning Institute Australia

Karen Goldsmith
National General Manager
Planning Institute Australia