Thursday, 23 April 2020

NATIONAL

The PM issued an update on coronavirus measures. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said it backs the Federal Government's new COVID-19 tracing app. [Full Text]

PLANNING / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Alan Tudge said federal and state governments, and the Local Government Association have agreed to principles setting out how planning systems should operate during COVID-19. [Full Text]

A communique on land use planning and the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the Planning Ministers. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said it is important to maintain public confidence in all planning decisions and ensure there is adequate community consultation. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the principles struck the right balance between keeping the planning system working whilst maintaining the integrity of planning approvals. [Full Text]

Researchers from RMIT said COVID-19 is highlighting strengths and weaknesses in neighbourhood liveability that can improve communities in the future. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS / CORONAVIRUS

Shelter issued a summary of state and territory government packages targeting housing, rental and homelessness support during COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service said the government should expand infrastructure investment, such as social housing and improved energy efficiency of homes, to restore employment growth as the lockdowns is eased. [Full Text]

Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ from Curtin University discussed what COVID-19 means for housing market inequality, and what the policy implications are. [Full Text]

INTERNATIONAL / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The OECD issued 'Housing policies for sustainable and inclusive cities - How national governments can deliver affordable housing and compact urban development'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Housing Industry Association said new home sales fell sharply in March. [Full Text]

The RBA Board said that conditions in the commercial property markets were deteriorating and that the risks in commercial property markets warranted close monitoring. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Grattan Institute issued 'Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said The IMF should remove its rose-tinted glasses. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued 'Design Principles for Fiscal Policy in a Pandemic - How to create jobs in the short term and lasting benefits in the long term'. [Full Text]

The Business Council issued 'Working together in the national interest - COVID-19 next steps'. [Full Text]

AMP Capital discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the labour market. [Full Text]

The Committee for Economic Development discussed the implications of COVID-19 on migration and the economy. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / ECONOMICS

Minister Michael McCormack announced $165 million for Qantas and Virgin to operate a minimum domestic network. [Full Text]

Virgin Australia has announced that it has entered voluntary administration. [Full Text]

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney issued 'What will the airline industry look like post COVID-19? Why the era of cheap flights might be over'. [Full Text]

WATER

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities issued guidelines for using passive irrigation to cool cities. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / CORONAVIRUS

The University of Melbourne said COVID-19 restrictions present an opportunity to plan Australia's low or zero net emissions future. [Full Text]

The Climate Change Authority released a consultation paper as part of its review of the Emissions Reduction Fund. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS

Interstate Quarantine issued information on state and territory border closures due to COVID-19. [Full Text]

MINING / CORONAVIRUS

The Committee for Economic Development published a panel discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the resources sector. [Full Text]

ICT / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Paul Fletcher and the telecommunications industry agreed to a set of principles to maintain connectivity during COVID-19. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council will host a national conference online on 16 June. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

NSW Planning has published an FAQ on to the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund. [Full Text]

NSW Planning issued 'Improving the review of local infrastructure contributions plans: Reforms to improve the efficiency of the review process for section 7.11 contrbutions plans'. [Full Text]

NSW Planning issued 'Criteria to request a higher section 7.12 percentage'. [Full Text]

NSW Planning issued 'Draft planning agreements policy framework: Guidance material to provide more transparency around the planning agreement process'. [Full Text]

NSW Planning announced changes that remove the requirement on councils to notify planning processes or applications in local newspapers. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce welcomed the announcement of national action on planning reform but said more is needed in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / SUSTAINABILITY / ENVIRONMENT

Sydney's Inner West Council released guidelines for green roofs, walls and facades. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

The Urban Taskforce called on the NSW Government to develop clear guidelines for commercial landlords and tenants during COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Property Council made 46 recommendations for commercial landlords and tenant regulation in NSW during COVID-19. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance said two new underground metro platforms and a Central Walk underground concourse are being built as part of Sydney's Central Station upgrades. [Full Text]

An animation of the Central Walk concourse and metro platforms is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Real Estate Institute announced that the residential vacancy rate in Sydney fell during March but is expected to rise during the next few months. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Youth Coalition and Families ACT issued the results of a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on ACT child, youth and family services. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT

The ACT Government marked the first 12 months of operation of the Canberra light rail network. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING / CORONAVIRUS

The NT Government issued details on its planning response to COVID-19. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / EMPLOYMENT / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Daniel Andrews outlined modelling of the impact of COVID-19 on employment and the economy in Victoria. [Full Text]

A fact sheet on the economic modelling is online, showing that employment could jump to 11 per cent and property prices could drop by 9 per cent this year. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced that the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 will be introduced to Parliament today. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia called on the Victorian Opposition to pass the Bill to lock in funding for existing infrastructure projects and set aside $24 billion in emergency funding to fight COVID-19. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / PLANNING

The Planning Institute made a submission on the on the City of Melbourne's Draft Affordable Housing Strategy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / CORONAVIRUS

A summary of Queensland's planning changes in response to COVID-19 is online. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association of Queensland proposed a $600 million plan to recover from COVID-19, with funding assistance from the State Government. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the start of work on Stage 3A of Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

The SA Government published materials from a recent industry briefing on reform to the specialist homelessness sector. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Rita Saffioti announced changes to the structure of Development Assessment Panels in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Mark McGowan said legislation mandating a six-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions has passed the WA Parliament. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that although the Bill had passed parliament, further work is needed to get the settings right for landlords and tenants. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

The Tasmanian Government released detail of the local government reforms it will progress following the recent Local Government Legislative Framework Review. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Shelton announced that only three of the 51 proposed 51 Reform Directions will not be progressed, including the establishment of regional councils in Tasmania. [Full Text]