Thursday, 31 October 2019

POPULATION / RURAL AND REGIONAL

PM Scott Morrison announced the Australian Government is increasing the total number of regional visas to 25,000. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released for consultation the draft Investment Mandate for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

The Property Council said while there is some detail is to be determined before eligible borrowers can actually apply, the information now available should help them to start making plans. [Full Text]

APRA released its proposed revision to the capital treatment for eligible mortgages covered by the Government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for feedback. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation began a procurement process to establish a panel of lenders to participate in the Australian Government's new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, commencing on 1 January. [Full Text]

Associate Professor Cameron Parsell from The University of Queensland said there is evidence, based on research with programs in Australia's capital and regional cities, that demonstrate homelessness can be permanently ended. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INDUSTRY

The Property Council and Green Building Council issued a policy toolkit, 'Every building counts: A practical plan for emissions reduction'. [Full Text]

Minister Angus Taylor launched the toolkit. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL / FINANCE

The Australian Government issued its response to a Senate committee report from its inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. [Full Text]

Senator Larissa Waters said key recommendations have been rejected. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Michael McCormack addressed the Australia and NZ Driverless Vehicle Initiative. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack announced an EOI for Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Federal Government's main role in supporting Australia's growing cities should be to help fund new metro rail networks. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2019'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / ICT / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Andrew Constance launched the first vehicle in the country to interact autonomously with live traffic conditions at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

PM Morrison released design images of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY

The Sydney Opera House announced its commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance announced a 4km stand-alone pathway for cyclists along NorthConnex. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INSURANCE

Minister Victor Dominello said third party insurer profits will be capped at 10 per cent by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

NSW Planning invited feedback on Kellyville and Bella Vista Metro concept plans for residential, retail and commercial development. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY

PM Scott Morrison said the Commonwealth and NSW Governments will underwrite up to $102 million of the NSW-Queensland Interconnector upgrade to ensure the security of electricity in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE

Minister Sussan Ley announced a review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Clayton Utz said NSW developers have one month to get ready for new Disclosure Statement and sale of land contracts. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AGED CARE

Ministers Marlene Kairouz and Luke Donnellan called for feedback on retirement village laws as part of a review of the Retirement Villages Act. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HEALTH

Minister Jenny Mikako updated on progress of Casey Hospital's $135 million redevelopment. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Melissa Horne announced testing of Melbourne's newest trams on Route 58. [Full Text]

Minister Horne announced a trial of Victoria's first locally built, fully electric bus in Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EVENTS / TRANSPORT

Registrations are open for RMIT Centre for Urban Research's 'Looking Back and Going Forward: The Melbourne Transport Plan 50 Years On' on 12 December in Melbourne. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Assistant Minister Brittany Lauga invited Queensland contractors to tender for structural repair work of Yeppoon's former rail station building. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HEALTH

Minister Steven Miles said the Queensland Government will invest in planning and design to expand the Cairns Emergency Hospital Department. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Treasurer Rob Lucas announced further amendments to the Land Tax Reform Bill, which will deliver an extra $20 million in savings for SA investors over the next three years. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The Australian and SA Governments announced the commencement of construction works on the electrification and modernisation of the Gawler Rail Line. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation has awarded the first grant from its new Capacity Building Program to Westside Housing. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY

The Committee for Adelaide announced a new Chair and Board. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / EVENTS / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity will present findings from the Healthy South project on 29 November in Bedford Park. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Premier Mark McGowan discussed direction and benefits of the Perth City Deal. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Tinley announced a $350 million collaboration between the WA Government and private industry to develop more than 1,500 lots for housing in Casuarina, Forrestdale and Treeby. [Full Text]

WA Planning is holding community meetings about the draft East Wanneroo District Structure Plan. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / POPULATION

The Real Estate Institute WA said it is pleased the Federal Government will reinstate Perth's status as a regional city as of 16 November. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / AGED CARE

The Australian Government launched the 'Draft Position Statement: Residential Aged Care' aimed at cutting red tape and fast-tracking planning for aged care facilities. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The October Land Report for WA was published by The West Australian. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / DESIGN

Minister Alan Tudge said construction on the $32 million multi-storey Mandurah Station car park will start next year a request for tender applications for its design and build. [Full Text]