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Infrastructure Australia released 'Improving Public Transport: Customer Focused Franchising'. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said Infrastructure Australia has provided the blueprint for better public transport at better value to taxpayers. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum endorsed the report. [Full Text]

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the paper ignored the reality of public transport franchising in Australia and overseas. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said there is no need to create the Infrastructure and Project Financing Unit. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'Spending by Australian households on owning and operating vehicles'. [Full Text]

AHURI published a brief on value capture. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Michael Sukkar discussed 'a workable approach to tackling Australia's housing crisis', in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

AHURI said its research finds that homeowners have less mobility to find work than private renters. [Full Text]

The ABS released data on the performance of selected industries and said that real estate drove business growth in 2015-16. [Full Text]

BRI Ferrier discussed how proposed Federal Budget changes will affect developer cash flow and lender security. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja said he was pleased that states and territories welcomed the announcement that homelessness funding would now be ongoing. [Full Text]

AHURI published an article on improving the public benefit gained from government expenditure in the private rental market. [Full Text]

Videos and presentation slides from AHURI's recent Homelessness and Housing Solutions conference are online. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Angus Taylor announced the new Data Integration Partnership initiative to build longitudinal data about populations, businesses, the environment and government. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Migration, Australia, 2015-16'. [Full Text]

Transcripts are online for last week's Senate Estimates hearings on transport, infrastructure, environment and other portfolios. [Full Text]

The National Audit Office released a report on managing underperformance in the Australian Public Service. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute discussed its 'Bohemian Index', which measures cultural and creative output across 36 metropolitan and regional cities. [Full Text]

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility launched a tool to help local governments and other organisations manage climate risks. [Full Text]

The CRC for Low Carbon Living issued 'Best Practice Policy and Regulation for Low Carbon Outcomes in the Built Environment'. [Full Text]

The Renewable Cities Australia Forum will be held in Sydney from 14 June. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher issued a statement following the first meeting of the Forum on Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts called for feedback on the proposed Greenfield Housing Code for NSW. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Michael Daley said the paper contains proposals to streamline Compliant Developments for greenfield sites. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Code should extend to urban infill. [Full Text]

The Code tackles the most difficult impediments to the take-up of complying development in Greenfield estates according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers issued a summary of proposed ePlanning regulations in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts said new housing completions in Sydney have smashed the all-time record again. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the record housing completions are mainly driven by the big swing to apartment living. [Full Text]

Stockland announced that it is on track to meet its promise to sell 100 homes to first home buyers in 100 days in Sydney. [Full Text]

Presentation slides are online from a recent Local Government NSW event about the drivers of Sydney's affordability crisis. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said that four in five NSW community housing tenants like their home and enjoy being part of their local community. [Full Text]

The Centre for Independent Studies made a submission to IPART's Review of social and affordable housing rent models. [Full Text]

The UDIA announced that it will launch an app that will allow developers to test design concepts using interactive 3D modelling of Sydney's urban environment. [Full Text]

A technical amendment to the ACT's Territory Plan has come into effect that introduces a precinct map and code for the suburb of Taylor at Gungahlin. [Full Text]

The PM and Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced an MoU to create a City Deal for Darwin. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government launched an online learning hub about the state's new planning system which takes effect from 3 July. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute announced a draft Indigenous planning policy for Queensland. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government called for expressions of interest for a trial of rooftop solar on public housing in Cairns and Rockhampton. [Full Text]

Q Shelter's 'Future of Australian Housing' conference will be held in Brisbane from Wednesday. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released documentation to support the transition to the state's new Planning Scheme Information Management System. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a Draft Action Statement as part of a review of Small Business Regulation, including a section on the streamlining of approvals processes. [Full Text]

The UDIA released an overview of the Victorian property market for the March quarter. [Full Text]

Approvals of new detached dwellings, units and apartments in Victoria edged down slightly during March, according to Master Builders. [Full Text]

The third report from a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into infrastructure projects has been tabled. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria issued 'Advice on Securing Victoria's Ports Capacity'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced an agreement with the Sustainable Melbourne Fund to reduce business energy costs through environmental upgrades. [Full Text]

Treasurer Peter Gutwein released the Tasmanian Budget. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Budget and associated documentation is online. [Full Text]

Premier Hogman issued 100 statements in support of the Budget, including on housing and infrastructure measures. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz issued an outline of proposed amendments to the Tasmanian planning system. [Full Text]