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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.
Standards Australia issued a discussion paper on energy storage systems for residential and small-scale commercial premises.
AHURI issued 'Transforming public housing in a federal context'.
AHURI issued a report on the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people.
ANU issued 'The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business'.
Monash University's Adjunct Professor Rodney Maddock discussed inner-city bias and transport planning, in an article.
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.
UNSW City Futures published 'Apartment construction boom: is this the end of the dream?'
The likely pace of economic activity in the next three to nine months has improved significantly, according to Westpac and the Melbourne Institute.
McCrindle published a comparison of capital cities based on factors that include affordability and ease of travel.
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.
Roy Morgan Research published data on house-moving by region.
The ABS issued a statement on privacy and confidentiality concerns around the Census, to be held on 9 August.
The University of Sydney will host an event on Housing Affordability in Australia and the UK, on Wednesday evening.
Premier Mike Baird announced a concept design for Sydney's WestConnex road project, including a tunnel between Iron Cove Bridge and the Rozelle Interchange.
A fact sheet for the M4 - M5 Link / Rozelle Interchange is online.
Minister Mark Speakman released a draft Master Plan for Moore Park.
An interactive website for the Moore Park draft Master Plan is online.
NSW Planning and Environment published an article on Chief Planner Gary White.
The Urban Taskforce issued its Urban Ideas publication, with a focus on tall buildings in Sydney.
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.
Minister Mick Gentleman announced a rezoning to support approximately 6,500 dwellings at West Belconnen in the ACT.
Transport Canberra issued a report from recent consultations about public transport in the ACT, including preferred corridors for expansion of the light rail network.
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.
Minister Simon Corbell called for registrations of interest to a $2 million pilot solar rooftop program for low-income households in the ACT.
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.
The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning issued a planning newsletter.
The Department also issued a note on public access to planning documents.
The Queensland Government announced that it will cancel the pending privatisation of the management of 4,900 public houses in Logan.
The Local Government Association welcomed the Queensland Government's decision to index the maximum infrastructure charges on new developments.
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.
Western Australia's Landcorp launched a competition to design affordable, accessible and sustainable medium density housing for the Shoreline development at Cockburn Coast.
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.