Monday, 20 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS

The PM announced a framework for future responses to COVID-19 and conditions for relaxation. [Full Text]

The Department of Health issued 'Modelling the current impact of COVID-19 in Australia'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Grattan Institute said that eliminating COVID-19 is the best economic strategy. [Full Text]

FINANCE / RETIREMENT LIVING

The Prudential Regulation Authority published an FAQ on the temporary early release of superannuation benefits in response to COVID-19. [Full Text]

REGULATION

The National Audit Office published nine key learnings from previous instances of the rapid rollout of Federal Government initiatives. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / CORONAVIRUS

Master Builders published an FAQ for builders on the Federal Government's JobKeeper scheme. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

CoreLogic said its combined capital city measure of housing value has slipped into negative territory, week-on-week, for the first time since August last year. [Full Text]

The ANZ / Property Council industry survey shows that confidence levels have roughly halved in all states and territories, and have dropped to the lowest levels since the survey began in 2011. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INTERNATIONAL

The US National Association of Realtors said a quarter of clients have put contracts on homes this week without physically seeing the property. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

Griffith University said COVID-19 is exposing vulnerabilities within Australia's social housing. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

AHURI issued 'Redesign of a homelessness service system for young people'. [Full Text]

Domain said the research shows that youth homelessness could end within a decade if early intervention measures to help young people at risk are combined with age-appropriate housing options. [Full Text]

DESIGN / GENDER / INTERNATIONAL

The Committee for Sydney issued 'Designing a City for Women - lessons from Vienna'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / HERITAGE / INTERNATIONAL

IOP Science published 'A review of environmental impact indicators of cultural heritage buildings: a circular economy perspective'. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE / SUSTAINABILITY

The Climate Council said it welcomed the fact that the Bushfire Royal Commission will explore the role of climate change in the unprecedented 2019-20 bushfires. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / STATISTICS / INTERNATIONAL

The International Renewable Energy Agency issued 'Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020' for countries, areas and regions around the world. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Green Building Council outlined six recommendations to support Australia's economic bounce back through best practice approaches to infrastructure decision making. [Full Text]

ICT / CORONAVIRUS

NBN Co released data showing that there has been a 127 per cent increase in broadband download traffic during business hours, compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. [Full Text]

EVENTS / HOMELESSNESS

The Australasian Housing Institute is hosting an online panel this Wednesday on the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and strategies to support those who are vulnerable. [Full Text]

AHURI will host a webinar on 29 April to accompany its report on redesigning the system to reduce youth homelessness. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / INDUSTRY

Minister Andrew Constance announced a tender process for Stage 1 of the $2.6 billion M6 motorway between Kogarah and Arncliffe in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

The Urban Development Institute published a summary of its meeting with NSW Planning on the planning system COVID-19 response. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has published a series of video interviews, including with Minister Rob Stokes and Transport for NSW Secretary Rod Staples. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz published a summary of proposed reforms to the NSW infrastructure contributions framework. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / CORONAVIRUS

Minister John Barilaro announced that $100 million of the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus package will fast-track regional projects, including upgrades to Aboriginal housing and council-run showgrounds. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW welcomed the showground funding but said other important council-run facilities needed increased support from state and federal governments in this time of crisis. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE

Minister Barilaro issued an update on the rollout of emergency and temporary accommodation in bushfire affected areas of NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Shelley Hancock announced regulatory changes to allow councils more flexibility to give financial relief to ratepayers. [Full Text]

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers issued a summary of the changes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / WATER / ENVIRONMENT / MINING / REGULATION

Minister Rob Stokes announced that the NSW Government has accepted all 50 recommendations of an expert panel report on mining in Sydney's water catchment area. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Tenants Union issued an overview of the NSW evictions moratorium. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced $15 million for a fast-tracked COVID-19 ward for Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / CORONAVIRUS

The ACT Government launched a COVID-19 data dashboard. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced a six-month extension and extra funding for the NT Government's Home Improvement Scheme. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Gunner announced the second stage of the NT Government's $50 million Small Business Survival Fund. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS / HEALTH

The University of Queensland issued 'Pilyii Papulu Purrukaj-ji (Good housing to prevent sickness): A study of housing, crowding, hygiene-related infectious diseases in the Barkly Region, Northern Territory'. [Full Text]

University of Queensland researchers said the report reveals the simplicity of the solution: new housing and budgets for repairs and maintenance can improve human health. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Treasurer Tim Pallas announced that the Victorian Government will put aside an additional $24 billion in emergency funding to assist Victoria to recover from COVID-19 over the next two years. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Community Housing Federation of Victoria said a stimulus package for community housing would boost the economy. [Full Text]

The Municipal Association of Victoria and Community Housing Industry Association published a suite of resources on negotiating Affordable Housing Agreements. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

SGS published an analysis of the recent Victorian Auditor General's report on development contributions. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

The Queensland Government announced COVID-19 guidelines for property owners and tenants. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

The Queensland Government released a series of departmental performance reports, including for housing, residential tenancies, building, transport, roads, environment and planning. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / WATER / ENVIRONMENT / CONSULTATION

The Queensland Government launched a review of the Gold Coast Waterways Management Strategy 2014-2023. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ACCESSIBILITY / CONSULTATION

The SA Government called for feedback on a draft framework for the State's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY / MINING

The WA Environmental Protection Authority published its greenhouse gas emissions guidance for the environmental impact assessment process. [Full Text]

The Wilderness Society expressed concern that the guidance indicates a level of subjectivity that may be exploited by project proponents. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

The WA Government announced regulatory changes to increase the flexibility of the local government sector to contract with local suppliers. [Full Text]