zzz – Welcome


Traditionally every year in May, Planners from around Australia come together for Congress …

but in 2020
COVID-19 got in the way.

Not only that, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on our health services, our economy, our place of work, our view of home, public transport, staying active and healthy and what’s really important to our family. This remains a period of hyper-localization. The duration and depth of these impacts continues to play out, and where it settles is not yet clear.


These together with climate change impacts will see rapid and significant changes in what our communities need and want, which will in turn impact on future generations.


Few decisions to create better places through clever design and targeted investments in housing, transport, employment, social and environmental infrastructure are made without input from Australia’s 15,000 planners – and PIA is their trusted voice.


So, being part of the biggest and most significant annual gathering of planners in the country will be more important in 2021 than ever. To talk to, listen to, and learn along aside professional planners from all tiers of government, private practice, not-for-profits and academia is a critical investment in contemporary knowledge and long-term careers of all planners.


We look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in 2021 and see you at Congress!


David Williams

Congress Themes
The City of Adelaide - 
perhaps Australia’s most successfully planned state capital, and one with ambitions to be its smartest.

In recognition of Adelaide’s proactive approach to leveraging new information and communications technologies to build a more liveable, workable and sustainable city, 
#PIACongress21’s major themes will be:

The future of planning

Design quality

Planning research

Fairness, equity and access

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