Thursday, 14 September 2017

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS released its Survey of Income and Housing report for 2015-16. [Full Text]

The ABS said that property is driving a rise in over-indebted households. [Full Text]

Income and wealth inequality have remained stable since 2013-14, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending Finance, Australia, July 2017'. [Full Text]

The RBA issued 'The Property Ladder after the Financial Crisis: The First Step Is a Stretch but Those Who Make It Are Doing OK'. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the paper provides further evidence of the struggles faced by first home buyers. [Full Text]

Knight Frank announced that Australia is ranked 11th of 55 countries in the Global House Price Index, with 10.2 per cent growth in the year to June. [Full Text]

Knight Frank said that collective site sales for residential development increased six-fold over the past five years. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued a brief on whether long-term residential leases result in long term tenancies. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said leading urban planning expert Professor Barbara Norman called for the reinstatement of the State of Australian Cities report. [Full Text]

Professor Norman said Australia urgently needs a national sustainable development strategy that clearly outlines the vision for 2030, and beyond to 2050. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council said that the Australia and NZ real estate market has, once again, been named the world's most sustainable, according to the 2017 GRESB real estate results. [Full Text]

Lendlease said that it has again been recognised as having the world's most sustainable real estate fund. [Full Text]

DESIGN / SUSTAINABILITY

The CRC for Low Carbon Living released a video on possible future scenarios for low emissions cities, as part of the Visions and Pathways 2040 project. [Full Text]

The CRC for Low Carbon Living also released a position paper on the development of an open data model for precinct information modelling. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHICS

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Families with School Children, Income Distribution, 2016'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A Parliamentary Committee issued 'Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia'. [Full Text]

The Railway Association called for the development of a national rail industry plan. [Full Text]

ENERGY

The Grattan Institute issued 'Next Generation: the long-term future of the National Electricity Market'. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

QUT and the Swinburne University of Technology issued 'Individual giving and volunteering. Giving Australia 2016'. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The ACTU issued 'Rising Inequality: An Australian Reality'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Pru Goward announced an additional 1200 new houses as part of the second phase of the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETIREMENT LIVING

NSW Fair Trading launched an online calculator for retirement village contracts. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean said the resource would empower residents by giving them a better understanding of the estimated costs of living in a retirement village. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that the tool aligns well with steps the industry has already taken to make things simpler for those considering making the move into a retirement village. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Results of the NSW Local Government Elections have been issued by the NSW Electoral Commission. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said the reality is that the voters never get it wrong. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that the swing towards 'anti-development' councillors in the council elections is bad news for any increase in housing supply. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that the washup of the elections has seen a series of sound bites on 'over-development', yet the complexities of our city's growth is yet to be heard. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Berejiklian and Minister Andrew Constance released concept designs for an upgrade of stations on the Bankstown Line to Sydney Metro standards. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

Premier Berejiklian announced Barry Mann as CEO of the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation. [Full Text]

The Building and Construction Commission announced that the CFMEU is facing penalties of $1.3 million for unlawful conduct at the Barangaroo site in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Gabrielle Upton announced the finalists for the NSW Green Globe Awards, including a built environment category. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The ACT Government issued a fact sheet on fire safety and external wall cladding. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

The City of Darwin invited feedback on the Draft Lakeside Drive Precinct Master Plan. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ICT

The NT Government released the discussion paper 'Towards a Digital Strategy for the Northern Territory'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / ACCESSIBILITY

The Victorian Government announced a two year extension of the Public Transport Access Committee. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

Hawker Britton issued an update on the Victorian Goverenment Ministry. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AWARDS / SUSTAINABILITY

Finalists for the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Stockland announced that its Waterlea medium-density project in Rowville, Victoria has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star communities rating by the Green Building Council. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TRANSPORT

The Australia Institute issued 'Tasmania in pole position for electric car industry'. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / TOURISM

The Planning Institute made a submission on visitor accommodation provisions in Tasmania's draft Planning Directives. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Minister Rita Saffioti issued 'State Planning Policy 5.4: Road and Rail Noise' for public comment. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Saffioti announced a taskforce to complete the planning for an outer harbour at Kwinana, south of Fremantle. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AWARDS

The UDIA announced the winners of its Awards for Excellence for WA. [Full Text]