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NAB and the UNSW Centre for Social Impact issued 'Financial Resilience in Australia 2015'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Older Australia at a glance'. [Full Text]

AHURI published a brief on the relationship between income levels and housing tenure. [Full Text]

Senator Doug Cameron said that cutting funding to public housing and homelessness services is a false economy. [Full Text]

Senator Lee Rhiannon announced that she has taken on the housing portfolio for the Greens. [Full Text]

Residex issued a summary of growth in capital city dwelling markets, [Full Text]

Almost half of people polled nationally say that public transport has improved over the past five years, according to the Tourism and Transport Forum. [Full Text]

The ACCC issued a draft determination to deny the ability of real estate agents to collectively bargain with suppliers of online and print advertising. [Full Text]

Swinburne University and Roy Morgan Research issued 'Measuring Australia's Digital Divide - The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016'. [Full Text]

NBN Co issued its 2017 corporate plan. [Full Text]

The Institute of Landscape Architects published a film to mark its 50th Anniversary. [Full Text]

The Property Council's National Retirement Living Summit will be held in Melbourne during November. [Full Text]

The Audit Office of NSW published a report on red tape reduction. [Full Text]

Minister Brad Hazzard announced the three shortlisted organisations for the NSW Government's Communities Plus renewal project at Ivanhoe, Macquarie Park in south western Sydney. [Full Text]

Ten new sites have been listed under the second round of the Communities Plus program. [Full Text]

A draft Master Plan for the Riverstone Town Centre in north western Sydney has been released by Blacktown City Council. [Full Text]

Proposed changes to the concept plan and planning controls for Edmondson Park in south western Sydney are on exhibition. [Full Text]

The HIA published slides from a recent event on 'The Outlook for Residential Construction in NSW'. [Full Text]

New home building activity is likely to ease back from its peak during the 2016 - 17 financial year, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Sydney Metro released a video on the design of new stations. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney announced an expansion of its Smart Green Apartments Program. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney said it will support the new NABERS apartment rating tool through its high-rise retrofit program. [Full Text]

The NSW Government released a forestry industry roadmap. [Full Text]

A real estate company has topped a list of the NSW Complaints Register for 2015-16. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that two proposals have been shortlisted for the development of the 16 hectare Canberra Brickworks site. [Full Text]

Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced work packages for the construction of Canberra's Light Rail. [Full Text]

New dwelling starts in the ACT are estimated to have increased by 27 per cent during 2015-16, however they are forecast to fall by 20 per cent in 2016-17, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury announced that the ACT Parliamentary Agreement has been successful with the majority of shared goals having been completed or are underway. [Full Text]

The ABC issued a summary of the NT election which has been called in favour of Labor. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a summary of NT Labor's election policies. [Full Text]

The HIA published slides from a recent event on the residential construction outlook for the NT. [Full Text]

Swinburne University outlined its 'Greening the Greyfields' project to identify the most promising precincts for sustainable medium-density housing development in Melbourne's suburbs. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a Planning Permit Activity Report for July. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews launched a trade and investment campaign for Victoria, including a focus on major infrastructure and professional services. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on the trade and investment campaign for Victoria. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons said that not permanently housing Victoria's rough sleeping problem is costing taxpayers over $19 million every year. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said that Victoria is officially Australia's construction engine room with a 9.8 per cent spike in activity in the year to June 2016. [Full Text]

The HIA published slides from a recent event on the residential construction outlook for Victoria. [Full Text]

Master Builders issued a summary of incoming changes to building regulation in Victoria. [Full Text]

The SA Government released 'Draft 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide - 2016 Update'. [Full Text]

Minister John Rau outlined the Plan's six new high level targets, in place of the original 89 recommendations. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the policy themes identified in the update reflect the priorities of the sector, but much detail is yet to come. [Full Text]

The SA Government issued an update on the $160 million O-Bahn City Access bus tunnel project. [Full Text]

The HIA published slides from a recent event on the residential construction outlook for SA. [Full Text]

The HIA published slides from a recent event on the economic and housing outlook for WA. [Full Text]

The HIA said results from the WA State Outlook report confirm the dramatic decline in the current new home building cycle. [Full Text]

Perth-based Access Housing issued its advocacy priorities. [Full Text]

The Property Council advocated for amendments to WA's Retirement Villages Act to enable vertical mixed use development and co-location of aged care facilities. [Full Text]

The WA Government announced legislation to establish the Auditor General as the auditor for local governments. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor issued an update on the Launceston City Deal project. [Full Text]

Minister Rene Hidding announced the passage of legislation to allow recreational trails for pedestrians or bicycles to be built on disused railway corridors in Tasmania. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Government issued an update on its Community Housing Stock Leverage Program. [Full Text]

Treasurer Peter Gutwein announced a doubling of Tasmania's First Home Builder Boost to $20,000. [Full Text]