Thursday, 8 August 2019

ECONOMICS

The OECD issued 'Economic Policy Reforms 2019 - Going for Growth'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Selected Living Cost Indexes, Australia, Jun 2019'. [Full Text]

APRA issued an update on its implementation of the recommendations directed at APRA by the Finance Royal Commission. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / POPULATION / PLANNING

The Regional Australia Institute issued 'Regional Population Growth - Are We Ready?'. [Full Text]

The Institute called for a national awareness campaign to promote the opportunities of living in regional Australia, and help drive a population shift in coming decades. [Full Text]

POPULATION

AHURI issued a brief on Australia's overseas migration patterns. [Full Text]

PLANNING

Elyse Warner from Deakin University said that apartments present families with barriers to building social connections. [Full Text]

AiGroup's Performance of Construction Index fell by 3.9 points to 39.1 in July. [Full Text]

PLANNING / INDUSTRY

The Property Council asked industry leaders what the next big thing in property is. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI discussed what Cost-Benefit Analysis is and how it helps evaluate infrastructure projects, in a brief. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued a brief, 'Understanding counter cyclical investment in social housing'. [Full Text]

Staff from UNSW said the need to manage long waiting lists for social housing drives of policymakers' approach, rather than serving the best interests of tenants and prospective tenants. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / EDUCATION

AHURI analysed whether build-to-rent and large corporate landlords sector can supply housing for students, in a brief. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness Australia said its analysis reveals that the Federal Government's investment in social housing and homelessness has been falling in real terms. [Full Text]

Launch Housing urged governments at all levels to unlock underutilised land for housing to help reduce the increasing rate of homelessness. [Full Text]

Q Shelter launched an online hub dedicated to sector news, resources, research, jobs and events for homelessness. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Office vacancies fell over the first half of 2019, driven by stock withdrawals rather than tenant demand, according to the Property Council Office Market Report. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending to households and businesses, Australia, Jun 2019'. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that the figures show rises in new lending commitments for both owner occupier and investor dwellings for the first time in over a year. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said lending to households building and purchasing new homes fell again in June to be 12.8 per cent lower in 2018/19 than in the previous year. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said advertised stock for sale is significantly lower relative to recent years and -22 per cent lower than a year ago. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank Board left the cash rate unchanged at 1.00 per cent. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / RETIREMENT LIVING

AHURI issued 'Final Report no. 317: Older Australians and the housing aspirations gap'. [Full Text]

Staff from Curtin and Swinburne Universities said the research shows that 80 per cent of older Australians want to live in a home they own, no matter the type, size or location. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Austroads Strategies outlined strategies to manage congestion in Australia and New Zealand. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

GRESB announced that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has joined it as an Investor Member and an Industry Partner. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Expressions of Interest are open for the 2020 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The NSW Government announced a large-scale street count of people sleeping rough in regional and rural NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Ministers Alan Tudge and Stuart Ayres announced a second round of funding for Western Sydney City Deal's Liveability Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

New research funded by City of Parramatta Council and CRC for Low Carbon Living revealed ways temperatures in Western Sydney can be reduced by as much as 2°C. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Andrew Constance said intelligent transport systems will be tested along the M4 Motorway from next week, ahead of the M4 Smart Motorway project's completion in 2020. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Business Chamber said that major public transport projects such as Sydney Metro West and Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 needed to be fast-tracked by the NSW Government. [Full Text]

UDIA Awards - not online yet

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Chris Steel announced a light rail business engagement program this August. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / DESIGN

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio introduced the Building Better Apartment design standards. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Minister Richard Wynne announced the appointment of Dan O'Brien as the CEO of Cladding Safety Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Victorian Ombudsman tabled an 'Investigation into Wellington Shire Council's handling of Ninety Mile Beach subdivisions'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Ministers Marlene Kairouz and Richard Wynne People announced completion of the first six of a planned 57 tiny homes on vacant government-owned land in Maidstone. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Ministers Tudge and Jacinta Allan said the contract has been awarded for the second stage of the O'Herns Road Upgrade in Epping. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EVENTS / PLANNING

Registrations are open for a RMIT event, 'Planning Healthy Cities: A Conversation with Planners, Scholars & Industry' on 14 August in Carlton. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Registrations are open for a CHIA Victoria event, 'Approaches to growing social housing - what we can learn from Canada' on 10 September in Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AWARDS

The 2019 Victorian Premier's Design Awards are open for entries. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Ministers Tudge and Stephen Knoll announced an agreement between the Australian and SA Governments to commence construction on 10 Urban Congestion Fund projects within 12 to 24 months. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING / MAPPING

AHURI has conducted an audit of SA's current housing assets and mapped upcoming demand in order to understand the State's present and future housing needs. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Michelle Lensink called for feedback from regional SA on the future of SA housing. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Minister Knoll released plans and designs to build the new Victor Harbor Causeway. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

The SA Government has completed $62,000 of works to a boarding house in Waymouth Street which will be used to help people sleeping rough transition to safe and secure accommodation. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Registrations are open for Shelter SA's Health and Housing Expo on 21 October in Adelaide. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

The WA Department of Communities said a 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness is expected to be finalised in late 2019. [Full Text]

Minister Simone McGurk announced additional funding to expand support homelessness services for people experiencing homelessness in central Perth. [Full Text]

Ministers Peter Tinley and McGurk announced a new program to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping in Fremantle. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Minister Rita Saffioti announced $1.54 million for 39 coastal management and planning projects across WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

The WA Governmenttabled the report detailing findings of the Authorised Inquiry into the Shire of Perenjori in State Parliament. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association Tasmania welcomed the announcement of additional resources for the Government's Planning reform agenda. [Full Text]