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Infrastructure Australia issued 'Capturing Value: Advice on making value capture work in Australia'. [Full Text]

Consult Australia said that value capture isn't a one size fits all approach but must play a role in delivering the infrastructure Australia so desperately needs. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that both Infrastructure Australia and the Urban Taskforce report end up preferring a broad based land tax as the most efficient way of capturing value created by new infrastructure investments. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that governments need to clearly differentiate between good value capture and bad value capture. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'Australian Infrastructure Statistics-Yearbook 2016'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the report shows that total Commonwealth investment in rail has hit its lowest point since the Howard era. [Full Text]

The report from an inquiry into home ownership has been tabled. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the report calls for more supply but that Sydney's plans are not helping this. [Full Text]

Greens MP Adam Bandt criticised the outcome of the inquiry and issued a dissenting report. [Full Text]

The Fifth Estate published an overview and transcripts from a recent event on innovative approaches to funding affordable housing. [Full Text]

AHURI published a research bulletin on the most effective arrangements for remote indigenous housing service delivery. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist homelessness services 2015-16'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said the report provides further evidence of the failure of the Government's policies on funding for homelessness services. [Full Text]

AHURI published an analysis on the cost effectiveness of different programs in preventing homelessness. [Full Text]

A research report on the effectiveness of the homelessness service system has also been released by AHURI. [Full Text]

A communique has been issued following a meeting of the Building Ministers' Forum. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Craig Laundy said Ministers agreed to share the work they are undertaking on mapping local government interventions in building and construction. [Full Text]

Home renovations activity has turned the corner and is making a positive contribution to growth in residential building, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, Sep 2016'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2015-16'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued demographic Statistics for the June quarter. [Full Text]

Victoria experienced the largest ever net inflow of people from other states and the largest inflow from overseas in the year to June, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment issued a conditional Gateway Determination for the Newcastle rail station and surplus corridor land. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued guidelines for special or minimum rate variations. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced changes to the payment of stamp duty aimed at simplifying property purchases. [Full Text]

Minister Meegan Fitzharris issued a ministerial statement, including a focus on increasing walking and cycling and public transport use in the ACT. [Full Text]

Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur welcomed a proposal by Chief Minister Andrew Barr to split the ACT Land Development Agency but expressed concern regarding governance issues raised in an audit report. [Full Text]

The Better Apartments Design Standards and associated consultation reports have been released by the Victorian Government. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne said that the standards bring us up to speed with other states, preserve affordability and will make sure bedrooms are big enough to fit a bed. [Full Text]

The Victorian Ombudsman tabled a report on the transparency of local government decision making. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued a note on the establishment of coastal settlement boundaries in planning schemes. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on Victoria's 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy. [Full Text]

Renewal SA released a report as part of the Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration project. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced $20 million for the Adelaide light rail network including an additional stop at Festival Plaza. [Full Text]

The Committee for Perth issued a report summarising major findings from its FACTBase research joint venture project with UWA, and other major projects over the past ten years. [Full Text]

The City of Perth welcomed a ranking in the top ten Global Cities of the Future by FDI Intelligence, based on its foreign direct investment strategy. [Full Text]

The Committee for Perth outlined key points from its submission on the WA's revised State Planning Policy 3.6. [Full Text]