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GENERAL

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the development of a Federation Reform White Paper. [Full Text]

The Federation Reform White Paper's terms of reference give a framework to rethink the responsibilities for Australia's cities and urban areas, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on current Parliamentary Inquiries. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The RBA Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent. [Full Text]

The HIA welcomed the RBA's indication that rates are set to remain steady for some time. [Full Text]

New home sales have declined for the first time in five months, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Updated transcripts of hearings from the Inquiry into foreign investment in residential real estate are online. [Full Text]

The Property Council said foreign investment is critical in leveraging additional housing into the domestic market. [Full Text]

AGED CARE

A summary of regulatory changes to aged care has been issued by Assistant Minister Mitch Fifield. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

The ABS issued 'Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2013'. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued a positioning paper on the assessment of management costs and tenant outcomes in social housing. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

Non-profit institutions contribute $55 billion to the economy, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

A consultation process for the replacement of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission has been announced. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Anglicare Australia said the Government's interim report on welfare reform could be used as a stalking horse to further stigmatise the most disadvantaged members of society. [Full Text]

The Greens called for an extension to the consultation process on welfare reform. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Moving People 2030 Taskforce said the passing of the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill will ensure the future independence of Infrastructure Australia. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

Submissions to an Inquiry on fuel indexation and road funding are online, including submissions from the Planning Institute, Growth Areas Alliance and NT Government. [Full Text]

The Moving People 2030 Taskforce said it supports the Greens' position to invest the fuel excise revenue in public transport. [Full Text]

The National Transport Commission issued its work program for the next 3 years. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / ACCESSIBILITY

Minister Warren Truss invited submissions to a review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport. [Full Text]

EVENTS / GENERAL

The Grattan Institute will launch a report on land use and economic prosperity, at an event in Melbourne on 28 July. [Full Text]

EVENTS / DESIGN

The program for the Festival of Landscape Architecture has been released. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Paul Toole released a comparative report on NSW local councils. [Full Text]

Part 1 of the report provides an overview of the performance of the NSW local government sector as a whole. [Full Text]

Part 2 of the report presents individual snapshots of each of the 152 councils in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The report from an independent review of the Sutherland Shire Council draft Local Environmental Plan has been released. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / PLANNING

A paper on new vegetation clearing laws for NSW homeowners in designated bushfire prone areas has been issued by the NSW Parliamentary Library. [Full Text]

Minister Stuart Ayres called for feedback on the new vegetation clearing laws. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

A report outlining the business case and guidelines for a shared home ownership scheme in NSW has been released by RDA Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Treasurer Andrew Constance announced that the threshold for the NSW First Home Owners Grant has been increased to $750,000 from July 1. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / NOT FOR PROFIT

A paper on funding opportunities for community groups has been issued by the NSW Parliamentary Library. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The new Port Authority of New South Wales has commenced operations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Gladys Berejiklian issued an update on the Newcastle CBD revitalisation and light rail project. [Full Text]

Tenders have been called to undertake the construction of Stage 1 of the $500 million Bringelly Road upgrade in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Shane Rattenbury announced an accelerated renewal cycle for ageing public housing stock in the ACT, as part of a package of initiatives. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

Minister Simon Corbell issued an update on the design and consultation process for the ACT Capital Metro light rail project. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The ACT's Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

Minister Matthew Guy approved the eastern section of Melbourne's East West Link road project. [Full Text]

Documentation relating to the East West Link (Eastern Section) Project Assessment Committee is online. [Full Text]

The Greens criticised the approval of the East West Link. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / ICT

Increased scrutiny of the Victorian Government's high value, high risk infrastructure and ICT projects has improved project costs, time lines and risk management, according to a report issued by the Victorian Auditor-General. [Full Text]

The Victorian Opposition said $24 billion worth of projects that the 2014-15 Budget described as 'High Value-High Risk' have not progressed through the HVHR process. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER

A report on the implementation of water-related initiatives linked to Victoria's Environmental Contribution Levy has been issued by the Victorian Auditor-General. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Wendy Lovell announced the completion of the third stage of Carlton's $260 million social housing redevelopment. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ICT / ECONOMICS

Victoria's Digital Economy Strategy is online for consultation. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

An electronic version of the Brisbane City Plan and interactive mapping tool have been launched. [Full Text]

The new Brisbane City Plan contains many lessons that could be applied to the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Zoe Bettison announced a new public housing service delivery model for SA based on improving access, placemaking and a local response. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / RETIREMENT LIVING

An outline of SA Government initiatives on retirement living in SA has been issued by Minister Bettison. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

The commencement of the Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency was marked by Ministers Ian Macfarlane and Andrew Nikolic. [Full Text]

Amendments to the Tasmanian Land Use Planning and Approvals Act relating to dispensation applications have been announced. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOMELESSNESS

Premier Will Hodgman welcomed $2.7 million in Commonwealth funding as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. [Full Text]