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An article on the impact of developer charges on housing affordability, by QUT's Lyndall Bryant, has been published through The Conversation.
The full research document about the impact of developer charges on housing affordability is online.
The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'National Social Housing Survey 2014: detailed report'.
National Shelter released its submission on the Reform of the Federation Discussion Paper.
The ABS issued National Accounts data on non-profit institutions.
A presentation on 'Reform in Local Government - lessons from around Australia', from the recent Local Government Research Symposium, is online.
The Greens welcomed the National Reform Summit's plan for a review of retirement incomes.
Details are online for a Senate Inquiry on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill.
A research paper on cyclist behaviour and cycling infrastructure has been released by SGS.
The Institute of Architects announced three successful candidates for its Architects in Residence program.
A fact sheet on residential strata insurance has been released by the National Insurance Brokers Association.
Renovation activity is forecast to increase by 4.5 per cent in 2015 and 0.4 per cent in 2016, according to the HIA.
A National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness has been launched.
The Goods Line urban corridor in inner Sydney was officially opened by Ministers Rob Stokes and Dominic Perrottet.
'Western Sydney: an economic profile' was issued by the NSW Parliamentary Library.
Submissions are being called for an Inquiry into regional planning processes in NSW.
An article on local government reform in NSW, by the UTS Centre for Local Government, has been published by the Committee for Sydney.
A communique on local government reform has been issued by Local Government NSW, following its recent Finance Summit.
The NSW Office of Local Government issued a newsletter.
Minister Paul Toole announced an advisory committee to help build the strategic capacity and financial sustainability of local councils in the far west of NSW.
The Real Property Amendment (Electronic Conveyancing) Bill has passed the NSW Legislative Assembly.
Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published a summary of the recommended reforms to building regulation and certification in NSW put forward as part of the review of the Building Professionals Act.
UrbanGrowth NSW announced that Australand has been awarded the tender for the development of the Edmondson Park Town Centre in Sydney's south west.
Northern Territory MLA Gerry Wood put forward a motion for an independent consultation process regarding the Litchfield subregion of the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan.
Chair of the NT Planning Commission, Gary Nairn, issued a statement following the motion.
The HIA called for the finalisation of the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan.
The NT Government issued 'Draft Strong Society, Confident Culture Strategy (Social Participation Framework)'.
Minister Richard Wynne announced the new suburb of Rockbank in Melbourne's west, to accommodate over than 25,000 people.
The Precinct Structure Plan and Development Contributions Plan for Rockbank are online.
Minister Jackie Trad announced that the Queensland Government will develop an updated business case for Brisbane's Cross River Rail project, but that there will be no combination of buses and trains in its design.
The Local Government Association of Queensland released its 2015-16 advocacy action plan.
The SA Government announced the trial of a social impact bond model for addressing homelessness.
A Project Impact Report for the extension of the O-Bahn busway into the Adelaide CBD has been released by the SA Government.
The ABS released data on changes in land use, rateable value and land cover in SA.
The Real Estate Institute said it welcomed recent changes to planning regulations in WA that will speed up planning approvals for new homes by reducing red tape.