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UNSW City Futures issued 'The 30 Minute City (part 1): opportunities and challenges'. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor addressed the Infrastructure Investors Forum. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed city deals and urban policy in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

Around 13 per cent of the average household budget in most capital cities is spent on transport, according to a transport index released by the Automobile Association. [Full Text]

The Australian Energy Market Operator issued a paper on electric vehicles. [Full Text]

The Chifley Research Centre issued 'Inclusive Prosperity: Australia's record and the road ahead'. [Full Text]

Minister Mathias Cormann discussed 'Growth, jobs and the importance of living within our means' in a speech to the Sydney Institute. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen issued a budget repair package that includes negative gearing and capital gains tax reform. [Full Text]

The ABS issued preliminary construction work figures for June. [Full Text]

The HIA said that national new home building activity remains very strong in 2016-17 as a recovery in renovations investment continues to take hold. [Full Text]

The Association of Consulting Architects released the findings of its annual salary survey of staff in the architectural and interior design industries. [Full Text]

Minister Josh Frydenberg announced that federal and state governments have committed $18 million to the National Energy Productivity Plan. [Full Text]

NABERS announced funding for a new rating tool for apartment buildings, following Minister Frydenberg's announcement. [Full Text]

The Institute of Chartered Surveyors advocated for the adoption of the International Property Measurement Standard as the basis for the new NABERS rating tool. [Full Text]

The Energy Efficiency Council and Property Council welcomed the funding for the new apartment buildings rating tool. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare launched an interactive map of aged care places and recipients. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney released the issues paper, 'First Amongst Equals? Benchmarking Sydney's Performance'. [Full Text]

IPART released proposed changes to the local government rating system in NSW. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said the report recognised that councils needed more options when setting rates if they were to meet the changing infrastructure and service needs of their communities. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW issued 'Leading Sustainable Communities - An Action Plan for Candidates in the 2016 Local Government Elections'. [Full Text]

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published an outline of the draft NSW Wind Energy Planning Framework. [Full Text]

The UDIA issued recommendations on the negotiation process for the Hunter Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution. [Full Text]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said residential construction activity in NSW has hit an all-time high. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that after a continuous rise since 2012 the amount of construction in NSW is tapering off. [Full Text]

Minister Niall Blair released the Aboriginal Land Agreement Negotiation Framework, in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. [Full Text]

Minister Blair said the framework is a fundamental change in the way the NSW Government negotiates on land agreements. [Full Text]

The ACT Government issued updated material for its City Action Plan consultation. [Full Text]

Minister Simon Corbell and Senator Zed Seselja launched consultations for the ACT Healthy Waterways (Basin Project). [Full Text]

Minister Corbell announced that the ACT has secured the renewable energy needed to meet a 100 per cent target by 2020. [Full Text]

The ACT opposition announced a package of initiatives for homelessness services and the community sector. [Full Text]

Minister Mathias Cormann announced a decision to sell the Anzac Park buildings in Canberra. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Adam Giles issued policy costings for both the Country Liberals and Labor ahead of the NT election. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Styles announced that if re-elected, the NT Government would form a working group to implement agreed priorities from the Darwin City Centre Masterplan. [Full Text]

The UDIA advocated for onshore shale gas harvesting to boost population and property industry demand. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is no secret that Darwin City is currently in the doldrums, with the likely future trend to be even worse. [Full Text]

The HIA said the residential construction industry in the NT requires urgent policy attention and support from the NT Government. [Full Text]

Minister Styles issued a statement following the NT Opposition's confirmation that it would discontinue the $20 million Home Improvement Scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne approved a $490 million, three-tower development at Batman Hill in Melbourne. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced the reinstatement of the Greener Government Buildings Program. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan opened the annual MPavilion architecture and design event at Docklands in Melbourne. [Full Text]

A practitioner's guide and fact sheets on Queensland's new planning system have been published by the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. [Full Text]

Further resources about Queensland's new planning system are online. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad and Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced that the Torres Strait Island Regional Council has implemented its first ever planning scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Trad announced an agreement with local councils to develop the first regional plan for North Queensland. [Full Text]

There has been an 84 per cent annual increase in public investment in Queensland, contributing to an increase in construction work done, according to Treasurer Curtis Pitt. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said that Renewal SA had revealed massive multimillion dollar losses and financial write-downs on key government development projects. [Full Text]

Renewal SA issued an update on a pilot project to install solar PV systems on 400 public housing properties. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council published an article on the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative. [Full Text]

The WA Government issued an update on construction works and consultation for the Scarborough Master Plan. [Full Text]

The UDIA criticised the implementation of the WA Government's Bushfire Risk Management Planning framework. [Full Text]