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Infrastructure Australia issued 'Capturing Value: Advice on making value capture work in Australia'.
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.
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.
The Property Council said that governments need to clearly differentiate between good value capture and bad value capture.
BITRE issued 'Australian Infrastructure Statistics-Yearbook 2016'.
Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the report shows that total Commonwealth investment in rail has hit its lowest point since the Howard era.
The report from an inquiry into home ownership has been tabled.
The Urban Taskforce said the report calls for more supply but that Sydney's plans are not helping this.
Greens MP Adam Bandt criticised the outcome of the inquiry and issued a dissenting report.
The Fifth Estate published an overview and transcripts from a recent event on innovative approaches to funding affordable housing.
AHURI published a research bulletin on the most effective arrangements for remote indigenous housing service delivery.
The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist homelessness services 2015-16'.
Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said the report provides further evidence of the failure of the Government's policies on funding for homelessness services.
AHURI published an analysis on the cost effectiveness of different programs in preventing homelessness.
A research report on the effectiveness of the homelessness service system has also been released by AHURI.
A communique has been issued following a meeting of the Building Ministers' Forum.
Assistant Minister Craig Laundy said Ministers agreed to share the work they are undertaking on mapping local government interventions in building and construction.
Home renovations activity has turned the corner and is making a positive contribution to growth in residential building, according to the HIA.
The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, Sep 2016'.
The ABS issued 'Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2015-16'.
The ABS issued demographic Statistics for the June quarter.
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.
NSW Planning and Environment issued a conditional Gateway Determination for the Newcastle rail station and surplus corridor land.
The NSW Office of Local Government issued guidelines for special or minimum rate variations.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced changes to the payment of stamp duty aimed at simplifying property purchases.
Minister Meegan Fitzharris issued a ministerial statement, including a focus on increasing walking and cycling and public transport use in the ACT.
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.
The Better Apartments Design Standards and associated consultation reports have been released by the Victorian Government.
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.
The Victorian Ombudsman tabled a report on the transparency of local government decision making.
The Victorian Government issued a note on the establishment of coastal settlement boundaries in planning schemes.
Hawker Britton issued a paper on Victoria's 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy.
Renewal SA released a report as part of the Apartment Construction Cost Demonstration project.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced $20 million for the Adelaide light rail network including an additional stop at Festival Plaza.
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.
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.
The Committee for Perth outlined key points from its submission on the WA's revised State Planning Policy 3.6.