Internship Program_____

Each year 50,000 new residents* move to emerging suburbs on Melbourne’s fringe. Increased “Health and Wellbeing” are now acknowledged as key drivers in the planning design and development of our new communities.

Our new developments are touted as; healthy, green, walkable and community-focussed. But are we really delivering on this promise? Do these new estates have the physical and social infrastructure to elevate health and wellbeing?

Through our next internship in February 2020, Tract will invite students to apply a set of health indicators to several existing and recently developed new communities on Melbourne’s fringe to assess how well we are delivering upon increased health and wellbeing and the infrastructure that is necessary to support this.

Through the investigation, students will assess what is currently working, what elements require improvement and be able to determine a set of benchmarks to set, when wanting to improve health and wellbeing within new communities.

The internship will interrogate what elements of the suburban fabric require stronger guidelines and policy to achieve enhanced health and wellbeing outcomes. Findings will be synthesised and transformed into a toolkit and set of guiding principles that can be applied to the planning and design of future new communities. This study will build upon the previously completed investigation into the new Arden Macaulay precinct, which focussed upon inner urban renewal.

The outcome of the internship will be a graphic presentation to Tract’s national staff and key industry partners, outlining how the toolkit can be applied to improve health and wellbeing for future new community projects.

*Source One Map- 2016-2018 Census data
Internship Dates

The Internship will run over the University holidays, from Monday 3 February to Friday 21 February 2020, and is a full-time commitment.


Apply Now!

To apply please send your resume and cover letter addressing the below questions (500 words or less) to

1. What do you believe are the most important factors of the built environment that promote health and wellbeing?

2. In your opinion, how can the planning and design practice better influence health and wellbeing outcomes for urban renewal precincts?

Applications close
Thursday 31 October 2019 at 5pm.


At Tract, we’re driven to create spaces that promote Healthy Communities and discover exactly what makes a successful Liveable and Healthy community.

Tract’s Intern Program provides the opportunity for three Interns, one in each discipline of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Urban Design, to work collaboratively on a joint research project.

The interns will be current University of Melbourne students at the Masters level, enrolled in MSD Vocational Placement subject (ABPL90307) in 2020.

This is an opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s most experienced professionals, as well as recent graduates, including former Tract Internship Alumni.


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