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Australia has been ranked 16th in the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. [Full Text]

Standards Australia issued a discussion paper on energy storage systems for residential and small-scale commercial premises. [Full Text]

AHURI issued 'Transforming public housing in a federal context'. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a report on the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people. [Full Text]

ANU issued 'The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business'. [Full Text]

Monash University's Adjunct Professor Rodney Maddock discussed inner-city bias and transport planning, in an article. [Full Text]

Professor Peter Newman outlined four principles to guide the development of a high speed rail project, following the value capture model proposed by Consolidated Land and Rail Australia. [Full Text]

UNSW City Futures published 'Apartment construction boom: is this the end of the dream?' [Full Text]

The likely pace of economic activity in the next three to nine months has improved significantly, according to Westpac and the Melbourne Institute. [Full Text]

McCrindle published a comparison of capital cities based on factors that include affordability and ease of travel. [Full Text]

Regional Australia's lower growth rates are explained by low international migration to areas outside major capitals, according to a report by the Regional Australia Institute. [Full Text]

Roy Morgan Research published data on house-moving by region. [Full Text]

The ABS issued a statement on privacy and confidentiality concerns around the Census, to be held on 9 August. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney will host an event on Housing Affordability in Australia and the UK, on Wednesday evening. [Full Text]

Premier Mike Baird announced a concept design for Sydney's WestConnex road project, including a tunnel between Iron Cove Bridge and the Rozelle Interchange. [Full Text]

A fact sheet for the M4 - M5 Link / Rozelle Interchange is online. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Speakman released a draft Master Plan for Moore Park. [Full Text]

An interactive website for the Moore Park draft Master Plan is online. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment published an article on Chief Planner Gary White. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce issued its Urban Ideas publication, with a focus on tall buildings in Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister John Ajaka announced that sales proceeds from Millers Point have allowed more than 100 new homes for older people to be built across western Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister Mick Gentleman announced a rezoning to support approximately 6,500 dwellings at West Belconnen in the ACT. [Full Text]

Transport Canberra issued a report from recent consultations about public transport in the ACT, including preferred corridors for expansion of the light rail network. [Full Text]

The ACT Opposition said it's not good enough for the Government to release future plans for light rail without providing any details about costs. [Full Text]

Minister Simon Corbell called for registrations of interest to a $2 million pilot solar rooftop program for low-income households in the ACT. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced that it has become the first in Australia to issue Green Bonds and the first in the world to issue bonds with the international Climate Bond Certification. [Full Text]

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning issued a planning newsletter. [Full Text]

The Department also issued a note on public access to planning documents. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced that it will cancel the pending privatisation of the management of 4,900 public houses in Logan. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed the Queensland Government's decision to index the maximum infrastructure charges on new developments. [Full Text]

Deloitte said it is expecting Queensland's economy to grow at more than 3.5 per cent each year from 2016-17 to 2019-20. [Full Text]

Western Australia's Landcorp launched a competition to design affordable, accessible and sustainable medium density housing for the Shoreline development at Cockburn Coast. [Full Text]

Minister Terry Redman said the competition will encourage industry partners, including designers, developers, builders and architects to think outside the box and test the boundaries of current practices. [Full Text]