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The average cost of mortgage repayments has decreased during the year to March, according to Canberra University, in the SAS-NATSEM Household Budget Report.
An article on the growth of student accommodation as an asset class was published by Mondaq.
New home commencements have peaked, but will remain at a very high level in 2015/16 according to the HIA.
The Construction Industry Forum issued a summary of its July construction industry forecasts.
Results from a national building and construction industry campaign have been released by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
A group of 17 industry figures expressed concern about proposed changes to the National Construction Code.
UNSW City Futures published a paper on the AHURI inquiry into the capacity of the affordable housing industry.
A visual history of demographic projections in Australia has been issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.
Minister Greg Hunt announced that $100 million of carbon tax charges will be returned to local councils through the Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol.
The Local Government Association welcomed the announcement.
The ACF said more than 40 environment groups commended Labor for affirming opposition to 'one stop shop' environmental approvals.
AHURI Executive Director Dr Ian Winter will discuss the Federation Review, housing policy and the national interest, at a seminar in Melbourne on 6 August.
The Sydney Business Chamber welcomed the next stage of approval for the Sydney Science Park at Penrith as a vital element in the Western Sydney Innovation Corridor.
The rezoning of 287 hectares for the Sydney Science Park demonstrates the importance of mixed use zoning, according to the Urban Taskforce.
Further detail on the proposed Sydney Science Park is online.
Detailed documentation for the draft Glenfield to Macarthur Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy is on exhibition.
Liverpool City Council launched a pilot program of the 'FastTrack' development assessment system.
The UDIA said the initiative shows the Council is serious about delivering the housing the area required to keep up with demand.
A series of guidelines on state significant mining development in NSW have been released for public feedback, as part of the NSW Government's Integrated Mining Policy.
Further details on the mining guidelines are online.
The design for the new transport interchange at Wickham in Newcastle was released by Premier Mike Baird and Minister Andrew Constance.
A code of practice for the development of electricity networks in NSW is on exhibition.
The transcript from Monday's public hearing for the Inquiry into Local Government in NSW is online.
Tabled documents and submissions for the Inquiry into Local Government in NSW are online, including from Professor Graham Sansom, the Committee for Sydney and the UTS Centre for Local Government.
A summary of responses from an online questionnaire for the Inquiry into Local Government in NSW is online.
The Greens commented on the survey results.
Local Government NSW issued a statement on the relationship between council amalgamations and rates.
The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption announced prosecutions of a number of former local government officials for offences including misconduct in public office.
The 'brutalist-design' Sirius Apartment Building in the Rocks has been nominated for listing on the NSW State Heritage Register.
The Urban Taskforce said the building can be improved with a new layer of balconies rather than being frozen as heritage.
Shelter NSW said that fast-tracking the redevelopment of strata schemes proposed in the draft NSW Strata Schemes Development Bill could lead to massive displacement of lower-income homeowners and renters.
Minister Mick Gentleman announced that a draft Master Plan is being prepared for the Kippax Centre in West Belconnen, ACT.
The ACT Opposition criticised changes to the zoning of loose-fill asbestos affected blocks to allow dual occupancy dwellings.
The ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate issued a newsletter.
The Property Council proposed a retirement living adaptive reuse demonstration project for the ACT, in a submission to the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce.
Consultations on future priorities for water quality infrastructure in the ACT have opened.
Capital Estate Development has been announced as preferred tenderer for the first stage of the Denman Prospect development at Molongolo in the ACT.
The UDIA called for a review of the implementation of residential planning zones in Victoria.
The Victorian Farmers Federation called for reform to the state's planning laws to protect farmers' rights.
An update on stamp duty reform in Victoria has been published by Mondaq.
The Victorian Government issued an update on the transition of the Melbourne Market from West Melbourne to Epping.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a target of 50 percent female representation on all Queensland Government boards by 2020.
The City of Perth released a Draft Environmental Strategy for public comment.