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The National Audit Office issued 'National Rental Affordability Scheme - Administration of Allocations and Incentives'. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

A group of community housing industry associations made a submission on the Productivity Commission's Preliminary Findings Report into human services reform. [Full Text]

Homelessness Australia, National Shelter and ACOSS called on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

CBRE released a survey report about the influence of millennials on real estate in the Asia Pacific. [Full Text]

The HIA issued an analysis of new home sales data for September. [Full Text]

The ABS issued building approvals figures for September. [Full Text]

The Ai Group announced that its Performance of Construction Index dropped 5.5 points to a 20-month low of 45.9. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor discussed city deals, in a speech to the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors. [Full Text]

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors issued a statement on urban resilience. [Full Text]

Transport costs as a percentage of income increased slightly over the September quarter to 13.4 per cent, according to the Automobile Association. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'International Road Safety Comparisons - 2014'. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service issued 'Connectivity Costs: Telecommunications Affordability for Low Income Australians'. [Full Text]

The ACF and a group of industry representatives presented a clean energy blueprint to the Federal Government, including recommendations on building energy efficiency. [Full Text]

An event on the role of streets in future cities will be held by the Institute of Landscape Architects in Sydney on December 6. [Full Text]

The International High-Performance Built Environments Conference will be held in Sydney from 17 November. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes released the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy. [Full Text]

Documents, fact sheets and FAQs for the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy have been published by UrbanGrowth NSW. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said it is disappointing that proposed housing targets have been reduced by a third. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

Parramatta, Sydney's inner south and Blacktown are the regions of Greater Sydney with greatest rate of population increase, according to AHURI. [Full Text]

A draft ministerial direction, draft practice note and draft planning circular for changes to NSW Voluntary Planning Agreements are online. [Full Text]

Premier Mike Baird announced a $250 million redevelopment of the Sydney Fish Market, part of the Bays Precinct. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW called for registrations of interest in design and engineering services for the Sydney Fish Market project. [Full Text]

The Sydney Fish Market said a total re-imagination of the site and offering is needed. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that the revitalisation of the Fish Market is good for the economy. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the redevelopment would be the beginning of an exciting new visitor precinct being rejuvenated around the Bays Precinct. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

A summary of reactions from key industry groups to the Crown Land Management Bill is online. [Full Text]

A transcript is online for Parliamentary debate on the Crown Land Management Bill. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the legislation includes a clause that allows the Government to transfer public land to other government agencies. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute commented on retail leasing reforms introduced into the NSW Parliament. [Full Text]

An issues paper has been released as part of a review of the NSW regulatory policy framework. [Full Text]

IPART released an issues paper as part of a review of social and affordable housing rent models. [Full Text]

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service issued an economic update including sections on house prices, housing finance and dwelling approvals. [Full Text]

Minister Duncan Gay issued an update on the M4-M5 Link component of Sydney's WestConnex road project. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils called for a Government-led review of Sydney's bus network. [Full Text]

Action for Public Transport made a submission to the Western Sydney rail needs scoping study. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued a statement following discussions with Assistant Minister Angus Taylor on a potential City Deal for Canberra. [Full Text]

The ACT Government launched a new Access Canberra website, including online land, planning, building and housing services. [Full Text]

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison said there is currently around $600 million worth of major projects in-train across the NT. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad announced the approval of a $800 million West Village development on the Absoe site in Brisbane's West End. [Full Text]

Deloitte Access Economics released the Queensland Business Outlook report for September. [Full Text]

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the report is further confirmation of Queensland's return to strong, nation-leading growth. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced a public private partnership for road upgrade and maintenance works in Melbourne's growth corridors. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

Winners of the HIA-CSR Victorian Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

Winners of the UDIA SA Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]

The WA Housing Authority issued 'Seniors Housing Strategy: Discussion Paper'. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association issued its housing policy recommendations ahead of the WA election. [Full Text]

The University of WA's Centre for Social Impact issued 'The future of outcomes measurement in the community sector in WA'. [Full Text]