Thursday, 13 August 2020

SMART CITIES / ICT

Standards Australia released the Smart Cities Standards Roadmap. [Full Text]

Minister Tehan announced $1.6 million for the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. [Full Text]

ICT

Minister Dutton invited comment on proposed reforms to strengthen the security of critical infrastructure. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The Grattan Institute said that the pandemic makes the case for congestion charging in our capital cities even stronger. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The EU-based Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor issued data on the energy-and carbon-intensity trajectories required by the real estate industry to keep global warming below 2 degrees. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / NATURAL DISASTERS / ENERGY / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The CSIRO announced a program of collaborative research projects, including on the hydrogen industry, drought, bushfires and flood resilience and the recycling of plastic. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / ENERGY / PLANNING

The Energy Security Board invited comment on draft Renewable Energy Zones Planning Rules. [Full Text]

DESIGN / HEALTH / CORONAVIRUS

RMIT outlined five ways streets can be planned for health. [Full Text]

DESIGN / TRANSPORT / ENVIRONMENT

RMIT said road barriers could be retrofitted with "ecological buffers" to cut air and noise pollution. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI issued 'Affordable housing in innovation-led employment strategies'. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

The ACT and Tasmanian governments, ABS and others gave evidence to a hearing for an inquiry into homelessness. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

CoreLogic analysed why housing property prices in capital cities have performed differently amid COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said HomeBuilder has arrested the decline in New Home Sales. [Full Text]

INTERNATIONAL / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / RETIREMENT LIVING / FINANCE

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research issued 'Wealth and Homeownership in Germany and Australia: The Role of Tax and Retirement Income Policy'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

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

Westpac and the Melbourne Institute said its Index of Consumer Sentiment is back near the extreme low of 75.6 seen back in April when Australia entered a national lockdown. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS

The National Skills Commission issued 'Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences: 2019 Data Report'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Understanding Potential Labour Supply'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Wage Price Index, Australia, Jun 2020'. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS

Shadow Minister Watt said the Government has not spent a cent from the Emergency Response Fund. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS / INTERNATIONAL

Hawker Britton issued information on raised COVID-19 alert levels in NZ. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Green Building Council and Community Housing Industry Association will discuss 'Energy and sustainability: Future Homes in the community housing sector' at an online event on 20 August. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Anderson announced an expert panel to support the removal of unsafe cladding in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Anderson announced a workplace policy advisory group for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Clayton Utz said developers should review proposed planning reforms carefully as private sector feedback will be crucial to ensuring that new housing types are delivered. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Constance announced that Botany Rail Duplication and Cabramatta Loop projects in Sydney have been approved. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said both projects will help to alleviate congestion on the Sydney road network. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / REGULATION

Minister Anderson announced reforms to the regulation of shared accommodation in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

Applications can now be made in NSW for the HomeBuilder Grant. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

The Tenants' Union of NSW issued an updated 'Renters' Guide to COVID-19'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / NOT FOR PROFIT

Minister Tudehope announced an agreement on government procurement from certified social enterprises in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Stokes announced that a prototype hydrogen gas facility at Horsley Park in Western Sydney has been approved, as part of the fourth tranche of the NSW Planning System Acceleration Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH

The NSW Auditor General released a report on the planning and delivery of major capital works for health services in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / NATURAL DISASTERS / FLOODS

Minister Littleproud said disaster assistance is now available in 13 local government areas, following severe storms and floods across the NSW coast. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / NOT FOR PROFIT

The Council of Social Service released a brief on issues in the community services sector, as part of its ACT election advocacy campaign. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INDIGENOUS

The City of Darwin Council adopted the 'Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / MAPPING / RECREATION / CORONAVIRUS

Researchers from La Trobe and Griffith Universities said that 340,000 Melburnians have little or no parkland within 5km of their home. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS / CORONAVIRUS / GENDER

The University of Melbourne said that short-term housing tenures might provide an alternative to poor quality and unsafe motels, and better meet the needs of women seeking crisis accommodation. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / CORONAVIRUS / REGULATION

The Property Council outlined what Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria mean for construction. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / BUSHFIRE

Minister Neville announced $7.5 million for councils and community service providers across Victoria under the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Local Government Authorities and Community Service Organisations. [Full Text]

Minister D'Ambrosio announced $7 million for Victoria's Powerline Bushfire Safety Program. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Palaszczuk announced $50 million for 63 infrastructure and community asset projects to be undertaken by 12 councils in South East Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / EDUCATION

Premier Palaszczuk announced $220 million to refurbish Queensland state schools. [Full Text]

Premier Palaszczuk announced that tenders will open shortly for Stage 2 expansions at seven Queensland schools. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Law firm McCullough Robertson discussed the potential impact of a Queensland Parliamentary Committee recommendation to establish a licensing scheme for developers. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / RESOURCES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Enoch announced the passage of legislation to establish Queensland's first Rehabilitation Commissioner and to put in place reforms in biodiscovery. [Full Text]

Minister Butcher declared a $90 million mining project at Moranbah near Mackay in Queensland, as a prescribed project. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

Deloitte issued 'Western Australia Index 2020'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The final report has been tabled from an inquiry into the City of Perth. [Full Text]

Minister Templeman said the report contains over 250 findings and 350 recommendations which have implications for the city and the broader local government sector. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Premier McGowan endorsed an independent taskforce's recommendation to build a container port at Kwinana in Perth. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti announced $25 million for planning, design and community and land owner engagement for a freight corridor to connect to the Kwinana Port. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Treasurer Wyatt said that regional land sales surged in the first week of the WA Government's $116 million Regional Land Booster Package. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / RESOURCES / ENVIRONMENT

Premier McGowan welcomed moves by the Federal Government to enter into a bilateral agreement with WA to streamline environmental approvals. [Full Text]