Thursday, 2 July 2020

CORONAVIRUS / ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 10-15 June 2020'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'The Recovery Book: what Australian governments should do now'. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shadow Minister Clare said the Grattan report backs Labor's call for the Federal Government to fund the construction and repair of social housing. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Federal Government announced that a further 10,000 places are available under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the take up of the first tranche of 10,000 places over the last 6 months has proven that the Scheme meets a real need. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare called on the Federal Government to expand the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme by lifting the cap for first home buyers who build new homes. [Full Text]

The ANU said the number of Australians who couldn't pay their rent or mortgage on time has more than doubled due to COVID-19. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said the dwelling market declined 0.4 per cent in May and preliminary indicators for June show the rate of decline has gathered momentum. [Full Text]

CommSec said the CoreLogic Home Value Index of national home prices fell by 0.7 per cent in June - the biggest decline in 16 months, however total returns on national dwellings rose by 11.7 per cent in the year to June. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, May 2020'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare said ABS data shows residential building approvals in freefall. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ENGINEERING / ICT

The ABS issued 'Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Mar 2020'. [Full Text]

RMIT outlined the benefits of digital twins for infrastructure. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY / ICT

Monash University issued 'Digital energy futures: review of industry trends, visions and scenarios for the home'. [Full Text]

Monash University said HomeBuilder offers a much-needed opportunity to make old homes more energy-efficient. [Full Text]

GENDER / CORONAVIRUS

The Australia Institute issued 'Gender experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown'. [Full Text]

AGED CARE

The Department of Health issued its annual report on the funding and financing of the aged care industry. [Full Text]

ICT

The PM launched a system aimed at allowing consumers to easily and securely move their data between banks. [Full Text]

The PM announced $1.35 billion over ten years for cyber security. [Full Text]

DEFENCE

The PM launched the 2020 Defence Strategic Update. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Strategic Defence Update. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Stokes announced the new Planning Delivery Unit to resolve issues in major development applications, State Significant Developments and planning proposals in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The PM and NSW Government announced a joint $1 billion investment in shovel-ready infrastructure projects and road safety upgrades for NSW. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Graham said the NSW Government's announcement will barely make a dent in the State's $11.5 billion road funding black hole and doesn't include overdue election promises. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack announced $191 million in Federal funding to build on the NSW Government's $500 million Fixing Local Roads program. [Full Text]

The NSW Local Government Association welcomed the funding. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

NSW Treasury issued 'NSW Review of Federal Financial Relations Draft Report - Supporting the road to Recovery'. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the report limits the prospect of meaningful reform by ruling out an enhanced GST as the mechanism to remove stamp duty. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

The Electric Vehicle Council said applying a road user charge to electric vehicles would put NSW at odds with the rest of the developed world. [Full Text]

Minister Constance confirmed the final corridors to support delivery of the proposed Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project, South West Rail Link Extension and Western Sydney Freight Line. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The City of Sydney released a three-part plan for post-pandemic recovery. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EMPLOYMENT / ICT

Premier Berejiklian announced that Amazon will open an advanced storage and distribution centre in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TOURISM

Minister Pavey announced an additional $10 million for showground upgrades in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Ward outlined the $36 million Together Home project aimed at providing stable housing and support for people experiencing homelessness in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE

Minister Barilaro announced that the NSW Government's bushfire clean-up program met its initial target of clearing 2,800 properties. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro announced a $26 million rebuild and housing strategy for bushfire-affected families in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro announced expanded council rate relief for bushfire-affected homes, farms and businesses in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

The report has been tabled from an inquiry into koala populations and habitat in NSW. [Full Text]

The report says that following huge bushfire losses, koalas face extinction in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The PM announced federal environmental approval for the Snowy 2.0 hydroelectric expansion project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETIREMENT LIVING

The Property Council said the reforms to the retirement living sector, announced by the NSW Government last week, protect residents and will restore the industry's investment confidence. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a circular on the postponement of the September local government elections. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the NSW projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the ACT projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

The Property Council issued a fact sheet on recent planning amendments relating to parking, greening and end of trip facilities in the Darwin CBD. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the NT projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CONSULTATION / PLANNING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

A Draft Precinct Structure Plan for the Arden urban renewal precinct in North Melbourne has been released. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The City of Melbourne announced a renewable energy deal in collaboration with shopping centres, office buildings, manufacturing facilities and universities. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / ICT

Minister Carroll announced $340 million for traffic and freight management measures in Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the Victorian projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the Queensland projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

SA Planning issued a June update. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / DESIGN / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Planning and Design Code for SA's outback and rural areas is available for preview. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TENDERS / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Knoll released an EOI for the $33 million upgrade of Flagstaff Road in Adelaide. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Detail on the SA Government's Local Government Reform Bill is online. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the SA projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS

Local government financial data for 2018-19 has been published by the WA Government. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The Housing Industry Association said WA planning reforms will mean more efficient planning timeframes and improve housing affordability. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the WA projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / DEFENCE

Minister Reynolds outlined the Tasmanian projects to be rolled out under the Defence Strategy Update. [Full Text]