Thursday, 2 February 2017

INTERNATIONAL / GENERAL

Melbourne and Sydney have been ranked 12th and 16th in JLL's City Momentum Index, based on recent changes in economic and commercial real estate activity. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The PM said there will be a lot more to come on housing this year, in an address to the National Press Club. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison discussed housing affordability and foreign buyers of real estate, in an interview. [Full Text]

MP John Alexander discussed negativity in the debate surrounding housing affordability, in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said rising Sydney rents highlight the failure of the Government on housing affordability. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute advocated for reform to allow first home buyers access to their superannuation for the purchase of a home, in a budget submission. [Full Text]

The HIA said that further gains in dwelling prices caused housing affordability to deteriorate sharply during the December quarter. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that dwelling values rose across seven of eight capital cities in January. [Full Text]

Instances of losses on residential property resales in Perth and Darwin almost doubled during the September quarter, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

AHURI published an explanation of the bond aggregator model for affordable housing. [Full Text]

RMIT published an article on the effects of housing and labour markets on homelessness. [Full Text]

PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / ICT / ECONOMICS

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor said we need fast growing job centres beyond the CBDs of Sydney and Melbourne. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Taylor announced that he will travel to the Netherlands and the UK to progress the Government's cities and digital agenda. [Full Text]

PwC released a report on the internet of things, smart devices and the connected home. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council and the International WELL Building Institute issued 'Green Star and WELL Building Standard: Approaches to buildings or fitouts seeking a dual rating'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Treasury issued '2016 Tax Expenditures Statement'. [Full Text]

The ABS published cost of living data for different household types during the December quarter. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterated her intention to focus on housing affordability following the NSW Cabinet swearing-in ceremony (video). [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said it looks forward to working with Premier Berejiklian and her team to build a healthy, liveable, sustainable future. [Full Text]

Consult Australia said the fair allocation of risk, innovative funding, and the independence of infrastructure planning are the keys to success. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Mick Veitch said former Local Government Minister Paul Toole has become the fifth National Party Minister for Crown Lands in six years. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The Urban Taskforce said the appointment of Anthony Roberts as Minister for Planning and Minister for Housing is an excellent choice. [Full Text]

The HIA welcomed the appointment of Minister Roberts. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said it is critical the reforms to the planning system foreshadowed by former Minister Rob Stokes are given priority by Minister Roberts. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

UNSW City Futures discussed the new ministerial arrangements and reviewed the affordable housing policies and initiatives currently underway in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations launched round two of its 'House Keys: Operations' industry data comparison tool. [Full Text]

The Tenants' Union of NSW issued its Rent Tracker data for the year to September 2016. [Full Text]

NSW Fair Trading announced that it is now mandatory for self-managing landlords and real-estate agencies to offer an online bond-lodgement service to residential tenants. [Full Text]

The Tenants' Union made a submission on proposed long fixed-term residential tenancy agreements. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW issued a statement following meetings with Deputy Premier John Barilaro and new Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The HIA said the continued worsening of affordability in most capitals including Darwin is disappointing. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Gerry McCarthy announced that Anglicare NT has been awarded the tender to manage a supported-accommodation development in Alice Springs. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced a further $5 million for public housing repairs and upgrades in the NT. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the pipeline of major projects in Queensland is still leading NSW and Victoria. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the Federal Government must fund the Brisbane Cross River Rail project. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Pitt said that according to the latest NAB survey, business confidence in Queensland rose two points in December - higher than all other states. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL / NATURAL DISASTERS

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund for Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Mick de Brenni commented on proposed building industry reforms for Queensland. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Treasurer Tim Pallas announced $16.4 million to extend Victoria's Streamlining for Growth Program, aimed at accelerating planning and approval processes. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / FINANCE / ECONOMICS

The UDIA said that Victoria has edged ahead of NSW for housing finance, with the number of commitments 21.6 per cent above the long-term average. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Natalie Hutchins launched Local Government Victoria's annual Community Satisfaction Survey. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENVIRONMENT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The SA Government announced the establishment of Green Industries SA to support the State's recycling, remanufacturing and waste management industry. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

The Local Government Association of SA said that councils' ability to influence liquor licensing matters will be diminished under proposed liquor licensing reforms. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / RETIREMENT LIVING / ACCESSIBILITY

The Committee for Perth published an article on the city's first multi-age precinct. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING / ECONOMICS

The Property Council called for policies in WA that improve transport connectivity, promote infill and fuel the state's 'growth engine', ahead of the state election. [Full Text]