Sustainable Planning and Transport | Australian Greens

Sustainable Planning and Transport

Pollution, climate change and decades of neglect mean major upgrades are urgently required to our transport infrastructure.


The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Our communities must be designed and built to maximise environmental and social wellbeing over the long term.
  2. Australians should have the choice to travel by fast, frequent, reliable, affordable, accessible and safe public transport.
  3. Australia's transport systems must function on the principles of equity of access, ecological sustainability, and public ownership of critical public transport infrastructure.
  4. Climate change and oil depletion means there is an urgent need to reduce dependence on cars and our reliance on fossil fuels.
  5. A high quality national freight and passenger rail network is essential to our modern economy and society.
  6. Walking and cycling must be an integral part of Australia’s transport systems, to reduce pollution and improve public health.
  7. Our communities and infrastructure must be planned and built in the public interest, with transparent, evidence-based, accountable and participatory planning processes.

Aims — Sustainable Planning

The Australian Greens want:

  1. Planning that is based on sustainable urban design principles, minimises urban sprawl, and promotes development in mixed-use, compact communities.
  2. Development that is affordable, ecologically sound, water and energy efficient, integrated with public transport, and fosters community interaction.
  3. The improved integration of planning and transport.
  4. Ecological sustainability and contribution to a safe climate as funding criteria for all federal development and infrastructure programs.
  5. A national report card for progress towards ecological sustainability targets in the built environment.
  6. Australian building standards to be improved, to address climate change impacts and to improve the sustainability of the built environment.
  7. National urban planning standards that provide for the location of high density housing and commercial buildings close to high capacity public transport, and the clustering of medium-density housing, community facilities and small-scale businesses around neighbourhood shopping centres.

Aims — Transport

The Australian Greens want:

  1. Public transport services that are fast, frequent, reliable, affordable, accessible and safe, in order to reduce car dependence and provide equity of access to transport.
  2. Increased opportunities for the community to participate in and guide transport planning.
  3. Major airports and airport expansions located to minimise social and environmental impacts, and to be connected by public transport services.
  4. High quality walking and cycling infrastructure that is integrated with public transport networks.
  5. Better transport services to, within and between rural and regional areas.
  6. Transport infrastructure and services that are accessible to people with a disability or impaired mobility.
  7. A national plan for passenger and freight transport which is ecologically, socially and economically sustainable and outlines a transition to net zero carbon transport.
  8. To eliminate dangerous level crossings in urban areas, and ensure the presence of signals on all crossings in rural and regional parts of the national rail network.
  9. Adopted and enforceable world’s best practice fuel efficiency standards and mandatory fuel efficiency labelling of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
  10. Greater research into, and development in, net zero carbon fuels and transport technologies.
  11. Development of electric mobility infrastructure and growth in electric vehicle uptake.
  12. High quality rail corridors between major cities and regional centres, to support fast and efficient freight and passenger services, including east coast high speed rail.
  13. Australian ports and coastal shipping to operate in the public interest, and to ensure environmental and social sustainability of our coastal regions.
  14. Partnerships between Federal, State and Local Government to plan and deliver sustainable transport initiatives and infrastructure.