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The National Audit Office issued 'National Rental Affordability Scheme - Administration of Allocations and Incentives'.
Senator Doug Cameron said Labor will carefully consider the report and factor its findings into the development of further policies aimed at increasing the supply of affordable housing.
A group of community housing industry associations made a submission on the Productivity Commission's Preliminary Findings Report into human services reform.
Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and ACOSS called on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform.
The proportion of 25 to 34 year-old homeowners has fallen from 61 per cent in 1981 to 51 per cent in 2011, according to AHURI.
CBRE released a survey report about the influence of millennials on real estate in the Asia Pacific.
The HIA issued an analysis of new home sales data for September.
The ABS issued building approvals figures for September.
The Ai Group announced that its Performance of Construction Index dropped 5.5 points to a 20-month low of 45.9.
Assistant Minister Angus Taylor discussed city deals, in a speech to the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.
The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors issued a statement on urban resilience.
Transport costs as a percentage of income increased slightly over the September quarter to 13.4 per cent, according to the Automobile Association.
BITRE issued 'International Road Safety Comparisons - 2014'.
The Council of Social Service issued 'Connectivity Costs: Telecommunications Affordability for Low Income Australians'.
The ACF and a group of industry representatives presented a clean energy blueprint to the Federal Government, including recommendations on building energy efficiency.
An event on the role of streets in future cities will be held by the Institute of Landscape Architects in Sydney on December 6.
The International High-Performance Built Environments Conference will be held in Sydney from 17 November.
Minister Rob Stokes released the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy.
Documents, fact sheets and FAQs for the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy have been published by UrbanGrowth NSW.
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said Parramatta Road is the state's first urban renewal project outside a small part of the City of Sydney to include an affordable housing target.
The Urban Taskforce said it is disappointing that proposed housing targets have been reduced by a third.
Minister Rob Stokes announced that a record-breaking $15 billion of development was approved by NSW Joint Regional Planning Panels in the last financial year.
Parramatta, Sydney's inner south and Blacktown are the regions of Greater Sydney with greatest rate of population increase, according to AHURI.
A draft ministerial direction, draft practice note and draft planning circular for changes to NSW Voluntary Planning Agreements are online.
Premier Mike Baird announced a $250 million redevelopment of the Sydney Fish Market, part of the Bays Precinct.
UrbanGrowth NSW called for registrations of interest in design and engineering services for the Sydney Fish Market project.
The Sydney Fish Market said a total re-imagination of the site and offering is needed.
The Sydney Business Chamber said that the revitalisation of the Fish Market is good for the economy.
Greens MP Jamie Parker described the move as an 'enormous lost opportunity' for Sydney, citing the need for more public open spaces and community facilities.
The Tourism & Transport Forum said the redevelopment would be the beginning of an exciting new visitor precinct being rejuvenated around the Bays Precinct.
Minister Niall Blair announced the passage of the Crown Land Management Bill, requiring environmental, social, cultural heritage and economic considerations to be taken into account in decision-making about Crown land.
A summary of reactions from key industry groups to the Crown Land Management Bill is online.
A transcript is online for Parliamentary debate on the Crown Land Management Bill.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the legislation includes a clause that allows the Government to transfer public land to other government agencies.
The Real Estate Institute commented on retail leasing reforms introduced into the NSW Parliament.
An issues paper has been released as part of a review of the NSW regulatory policy framework.
IPART released an issues paper as part of a review of social and affordable housing rent models.
The NSW Parliamentary Research Service issued an economic update including sections on house prices, housing finance and dwelling approvals.
Minister Duncan Gay issued an update on the M4-M5 Link component of Sydney's WestConnex road project.
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils called for a Government-led review of Sydney's bus network.
Action for Public Transport made a submission to the Western Sydney rail needs scoping study.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued a statement following discussions with Assistant Minister Angus Taylor on a potential City Deal for Canberra.
The ACT Government launched a new Access Canberra website, including online land, planning, building and housing services.
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison said there is currently around $600 million worth of major projects in-train across the NT.
Minister Jackie Trad announced the approval of a $800 million West Village development on the Absoe site in Brisbane's West End.
Deloitte Access Economics released the Queensland Business Outlook report for September.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the report is further confirmation of Queensland's return to strong, nation-leading growth.
The Victorian Planning Authority released a structure plan for the Beveridge Central Precinct, to cater for up to 3,650 homes in Melbourne's north.
The Victorian Government announced a public private partnership for road upgrade and maintenance works in Melbourne's growth corridors.
The Property Council welcomed the announcement.
Winners of the HIA-CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards have been announced.
The SA Government announced that Hummingbird Homes will redevelop an 8700 m2 former Housing Trust complex in Marden as part of the Renewing Our Streets and Suburbs initiative.
Winners of the UDIA SA Awards for Excellence have been announced.
The WA Housing Authority issued 'Seniors Housing Strategy: Discussion Paper'.
The Community Housing Industry Association issued its housing policy recommendations ahead of the WA election.
The University of WA's Centre for Social Impact issued 'The future of outcomes measurement in the community sector in WA'.