Thursday, 13 July 2017

SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainable Built Environment Council and ClimateWorks issued 'Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project: Issues Paper'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

CoreLogic released a housing market and economic chart pack. [Full Text]

The ABS released building activity figures for March. [Full Text]

The HIA said that at the core of the drop in activity is the slow-down in construction of new apartments and units, particularly on the east coast. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Construction Activity: Chain Volume Measures, Australia, Mar 2017'. [Full Text]

FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, May 2017'. [Full Text]

Master Builders said restrictions by the regulators to curb investor activity have begun to bite, with investors' share of new housing commitments falling by 1.4 per cent in May. [Full Text]

The HIA said it had seen significant growth in lending to first home buyers in many parts of the country. [Full Text]

The scale and share of finance going to owner-occupiers has grown over the past six months, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the May figures are the first to show the impact of the actions by the regulators and banks to limit bank lending to dampen investor demand for property. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor addressed the recent AHURI conference, 'Affordability and Liveability in Our Cities'. [Full Text]

Presentation slides, video, and audio from the conference are online. [Full Text]

Swinburne University's Professor Terry Burke discussed the value of community housing over public housing, in an article. [Full Text]

FINANCE / RETIREMENT LIVING

Property listing firm downsizing.com.au published a summary of downsizing initiatives announced in federal, state and territory budget announcements. [Full Text]

LJ Hooker released 'Downsizing Dilemma, a White Paper'. [Full Text]

PLANNING / DEMOGRAPHICS

Staff from the University of Melbourne and Western Sydney University discussed what makes a good city, in an article. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT University discussed how Tokyo managed rapid population growth while maintaining liveability, and the lessons that apply to Australian cities. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government issued 'Rhetoric to Reality: Devolving decision-making to Aboriginal communities'. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHICS

The ABS released the General Community Profile DataPack for the 2016 Census. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

CEDA published highlights from its State of the Nation conference. [Full Text]

GENERAL

NAB released the results of its quarterly survey on wellbeing. [Full Text]

ICT

The Department of Communication and the Arts issued 'Trends and drivers in the affordability of communications services for Australian households'. [Full Text]

NBN Co said that one in two Australians can now connect to the NBN. [Full Text]

EVENTS / HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness Week will be held from 7 August. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Minister Anthony Roberts announced an all-time high in new housing completions for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

NSW Planning and Environment announced that 15 new priority precincts have been earmarked for growth and revitalisation. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW welcomed the City of Parramatta's decision to adopt the Development Control Plan for the Parramatta North urban transformation program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The City of Parramatta Council released a draft Affordable Housing Policy. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations issued a report from its recent Federation Exchange conference. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Barton Deakin issued an update on the Sydney Metro rail project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

Minister Victor Dominello announced that the NAB Business Conditions Index for NSW averaged at more than three times the State's 10-year average over the past 12 months. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / PLANNING / INDIGENOUS

Representatives from the Planning Institute and the Metropolitan Land Council will discuss the NSW Land Rights Act, in a panel discussion on August 2 as part of the University of Sydney's Festival of Urbanism. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT Government called for feedback on draft Pre-DA Consultation Guidelines. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Mick Gentleman announced that the 2017-18 ACT Environment Grants round is open. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

The Property Council said that in the Top End, housing supply does not present as an issue at the moment due to incentives that were rolled out to encourage new housing development. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENVIRONMENT

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad released the Queensland Climate Transition and Adaptation Strategies. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton Occasional issued a summary of the Queensland Climate Transition Strategy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

The Queensland Government published a series of videos, fact sheets and other documents on the State's new planning system. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / RETIREMENT LIVING / ACCESSIBILITY

The Queensland Government announced that it has accepted all 21 recommendations made by the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said that Brisbane rents declined in real terms by 0.8 per cent during February. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Queensland recorded the highest confidence rate of mainland states in the NAB Monthly Business Survey. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Premier Daniel Andrews approved planning amendments for the redevelopment of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Council to Homeless Persons said that Melbourne's rental affordability is the worst on record. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Renewal SA issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The WA Government issued an update on its Assisted Rental Pathways pilot scheme. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Minister Fiona Nash launched an $18 million revitalisation of the Launceston CBD. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Tasmanian Government released a report on driving patters in Hobart. [Full Text]

Minister Rene Hidding said there is not currently a need for expensive infrastructure solutions such as a tunnel or elevated motorway. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Opposition said it would invest $60 million over 10 years to modernise passenger transport. [Full Text]