Monday, 12 February 2018

INDUSTRY / REGULATION / SUSTAINABILITY

The Building Code Board released the public comment draft of the 2019 Building Code. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council and ClimateWorks issued 'The Bottom Line - Household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code'. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council said Australia can cost-effectively strengthen residential energy efficiency standards in the Building Code and cut heating and cooling energy use by up to 51 per cent. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the report underscores the pressing need for more robust residential energy standards in the National Construction Code. [Full Text]

The HIA said it is clear the changes will make a significant difference in the energy ratings for new homes. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The Coalition for Urban Transitions issued 'Building Thriving, Low-Carbon Cities: An Overview of Policy Options for National Governments'. [Full Text]

ENERGY

A consensus report has been tabled for the inquiry into modernising Australia's electricity grid. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS released housing finance figures for December. [Full Text]

The HIA said that First Home Buyer lending in the final quarter of 2017 reached the highest level since the December quarter of 2009. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the figures show that lending for housing is declining across the board. [Full Text]

PwC's recent report, 'Emerging trends in real estate - Asia Pacific 2018', is online. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / DESIGN / INTERNATIONAL

The US-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy issued 'Pedestrians First: A New Tool for Walkable Cities'. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist homelessness services annual report 2016-17. [Full Text]

ICT

Senators Mathias Cormann and Mitch Fifield announced the half yearly results for NBN Co. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations issued 'Delivering New Housing Supply: NSW Community Housing Industry Snapshot'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The City of Sydney announced the proposed members of its Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / FINANCE

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that over 19,000 people have secured the keys to their first homes since the introduction of stamp duty concessions in July 2017. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said NSW still lags behind the other states when it comes first home buyers entering the market. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service issued 'NSW Economic Update Summer 2018'. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Greens said the ACT Government was at risk of failing to comply with its own legislation in failing to set affordable housing targets for public, community and affordable housing. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced amendments to the NT Residential Tenancies Act relating to the use of personal information about tenants. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / RURAL AND REGIONAL / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Australian Government has backed away from Senator Nigel Scullion's promise to match our $1.1 billion funding for remote housing. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Treasurer Tim Pallas launched the HomesVic shared equity scheme. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / ICT

Cisco announced a $1 million Smart City project to help reduce traffic congestion in Adelaide. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / RETIREMENT LIVING / ACCESSIBILITY

The Council on the Ageing issued its SA election platform. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE

Minister Ian Hunter announced nineteen heritage properties in SA to be transferred to the ownership of the National Trust. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / FINANCE

Parliamentary Secretary Sarah Courtney announced a policy to cut stamp duty by 50 per cent for seniors' home downsizing in Tasmania. [Full Text]

Treasurer Peter Gutwein announced a tax on foreign purchases of land and residential property in Tasmania. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Liberals' policy 'Improving Tasmania's rental market' is online. [Full Text]

The HIA said the land tax relief for new build rental homes is a great initiative. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Tasmanian Liberals' policy 'New $125m Affordable Housing Action Plan' is online. [Full Text]