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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Housing investment is 8 per cent higher than it was a year ago, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey. [Full Text]

RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said the Bank is working with other regulators to assess and contain risks that may arise from the housing market. [Full Text]

Housing affordability is now at its lowest levels since the March quarter of 2013, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

Building approvals have risen for eight continuous months, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

A continuing housing shortage and population growth has seen building approvals continue their surge to record high levels, according to Master Builders. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that outside of the ACT and NT, there has been a positive upswing in building approvals across the states in trend terms. [Full Text]

There is an upward trend evident for multi-unit sales, but sales for detached houses are flat, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

One quarter of Australian households are now lone person households, according to a paper released by the Institute of Family Studies. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The transcript from a Sydney hearing of the Senate Inquiry into infrastructure asset recycling is online. [Full Text]

Stephen Alchin has been announced as acting CEO of Infrastructure Australia. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

A Parliamentary Committee report on streamlining environmental regulation, green tape, and 'one stop shops' for environmental approvals has been tabled. [Full Text]

ICT

The Department of Communications issued an update on the development of its policy for telecommunications infrastructure in new real estate developments. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jason Clare criticised the $600 NBN deployment charge for new home developers that applies from this week, and the $300 NBN connection fee that applies from 1 July. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Finalists for the UDIA National Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced $40 million for new bike and walking paths in NSW. [Full Text]

The proportion of full-time employees in Sydney who commute for more than 10 hours per week rose from 22 to 29 per cent during the decade to 2012, according to the Grattan Institute. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce and Architectus released a long-term vision for metro and light rail routes across metropolitan Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Gabrielle Upton announced an extension of funding for specialist homelessness services in NSW. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney released bi-annual homelessness street count data for February. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The final report from a Parliamentary Inquiry into planning process in Newcastle and the broader Hunter region has been tabled. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

NSW has recorded the highest apartment approvals in 30 Years, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

Treasurer Andrew Constance said NSW has recorded the Nation's strongest annual growth in State Final Demand. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM

The Tourism and Transport Forum issued a pre-election tourism strategy for NSW. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

A report on the implementation of the ACT's climate change policy has been released. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

ABS data shows a 25 per cent drop in ACT building approvals, in trend terms on equivalent 2014 levels, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

An audit of the Victorian local government sector was issued by the Victorian Auditor-General's Office. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

The Property Council expressed concern on a proposed reintroduction of the Queensland Coastal Plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Residential real estate transactions in Queensland are at their highest level since 2010, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The Property Council made a submission on the Draft Master Plan for Scarborough in Perth. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Melbourne City Council invited feedback on the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Draft Master Plan. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TRANSPORT

A draft ten-year transport plan for Launceston has been released by the Tasmanian Government. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council made a submission ahead of the Tasmanian budget. [Full Text]