Monday, 1 June 2020

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / DESIGN

AHURI published a report that identifies five main points of tension in delivering high-density buildings and precincts that meet the needs of lower-income residents. [Full Text]

UNSW Built Environment said the report found it is especially important to provide good quality shared spaces. [Full Text]

Researchers from RMIT, University of Sydney and UNSW outlined six ways to improve quality of life in high density apartments. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / MAPPING

The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre issued 'Mapping the Australian Social and Affordable Housing Network'. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING / FINANCE

The Grattan Institute discussed the effect that worsening housing affordability and falling home ownership will present to future retirees. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Council of Social Service and UNSW issued 'Poverty in Australia 2020: Part 2 - Who is affected?'. [Full Text]

Senator Rachel Siewert said the report shows that poverty levels will continue to rise if we don't keep income support levels above poverty line. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The ABS issued 'Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 12-15 May 2020 '. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Business Indicators, Business Impacts of COVID-19, May 2020'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank published Governor Philip Lowe's Opening Statement to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued 'Economic scenarios for the COVID-19 recovery'. [Full Text]

FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Shadow Minister Jason Clare called on the Federal Government to lift the cap on the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for buyers who build new homes. [Full Text]

PLANNING / DESIGN / CORONAVIRUS

AHURI issued a research brief on the potential long term impacts to city living from the coronavirus. [Full Text]

Thami Croeser from RMIT outlined four proven ways to quickly reconfigure street space to assist businesses operating under COVID-19 restrictions. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / CORONAVIRUS

Change the Record issued 'Critical Condition - the impact of Covid-19 policies, policing and prisons on First Nations communities'. [Full Text]

ICT / CORONAVIRUS

The Melbourne Institute published a report on ways to encourage the uptake of the COVIDSafe contact tracking app. [Full Text]

National Cabinet has endorsed 'Principles for COVID-19 Public Transport Operations'. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS / BUSHFIRE

Melbourne University discussed how lessons from Australia's pandemic response can assist with bushfire recovery. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS / HEALTH

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements released an issues paper on health arrangements in natural disasters. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The Department issued a 'Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory', up to the December quarter of 2019. [Full Text]

The Climate Council said a record roll out of renewable energy has reduced emissions, but as the Renewable Energy Target ends this year, forward investment has collapsed. [Full Text]

DESIGN / SUSTAINABILITY

The Design Institute analysed ways that designers can assist in transitioning to a circular economy. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / ICT

The ABS issued 'Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2020'. [Full Text]

The National Transport Commission published a discussion paper on government access to vehicle-generated data. [Full Text]

The National Transport Commission published a review of the current guidelines for trials of automated vehicles. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack said the National Transport Commission has established three industry and Government working groups to deliver the National Rail Action Plan. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW said local government must be guaranteed a seat at the National Cabinet table should the PM and State and Territory Leaders decide to permanently replace COAG going forward. [Full Text]

The PM announced that National Cabinet has agreed to the formation of the National Federation Reform Council and the cessation of the COAG model. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jason Clare said excluding local government from the National Cabinet isn't just an insult for local communities, it's bad for economic recovery. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Andrew Giles said the new National Cabinet structure doesn't recognise the importance of cities. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The National Audit Office issued a report on the key financial controls of government entities, including the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council will host the Green Building Day event on 16 June, focussed on how to drive change through the Green Star ratings system. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / EMPLOYMENT

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund for smaller, shovel-ready projects in NSW. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian also announced that the NSW Government will not proceed with the refurbishment of Stadium Australia but that it will proceed with the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister John Barilaro announced that a defence and aerospace hub will be established as part of a new Special Activation Precinct at Williamtown near Newcastle. [Full Text]

Minister Melinda Pavey announced the first tranche of successful projects in the NSW Government's $12.5 million showground upgrade scheme. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CONSULTATION / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance invited feedback on plans to deliver a new southern concourse at Redfern Station. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation lodged a planning proposal for Stage One of the Waterloo Estate redevelopment, including 3000 new properties, 30 per cent of which will be social housing. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INDUSTRY

The Urban Development Institute presented information to the NSW Productivity Commissioner on infrastructure contributions reform. [Full Text]

The Minutes for NSW Planning Development Peak Bodies Meeting on 27 May are online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Paul Toole announced that road and maintenance works across NSW are being brought forward as part of a $100 million stimulus package. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Scott Phillips has been appointed as Chief Executive of Local Government NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE

The NSW Government announced $45 million in additional funding for the NSW Rural Fire Service to help prepare for the 2020-21 bushfire season. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

The CSIRO issued 'A spatiotemporal urban metabolism model for the Canberra suburb of Braddon in Australia'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Victorian Government issued a business case for the North East Link road project. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / SUSTAINABILITY

The City of Melbourne launched a tool to help developers measure the green credentials of a design at the planning stage. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CONSULTATION / MINING

The Victorian Government opened consultation on planning controls for quarries that extract materials to build homes, infrastructure and private sector development. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / BUSHFIRE

The Victorian Government announced its Fire Services Property Levy arrangements. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Committee for Brisbane proposed a list of priority projects in a submission to Brisbane Council. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / DESIGN

Sekisui House issued a vision paper for Ripley Town Centre in South East Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION / CORONAVIRUS

The Property Council welcomed the announcement that the Queensland Government passed a regulation to enact National Cabinet's Code of Conduct for commercial leases in Queensland. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENVIRONMENT

The SA Government announced the creation of Adelaide's second metropolitan national park, in the city's southern coastal suburbs. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / BUSHFIRE / PLANNING

The Planning Institute issued 18 recommendations to the SA Bushfire Inquiry. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

WA Planning, Lands and Heritage issued a dwelling commencement forecast for April. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / CONSULTATION / PLANNING

The WA Planning Commission called for comment on a proposed rezoning of 125 ha of land for residential development and a new school at Armadale in south east Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / CORONAVIRUS

WA Communities issued presentation slides on the social impacts of COVID-19.. [Full Text]