Monday, 17 August 2020

GENERAL / PLANNING / INTERNATIONAL

AHURI issued a summary of the nine current city deals in Australia. [Full Text]

AHURI also issued a summary of international city deals and other place-based deals. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said that in the RBA's baseline scenario, the economy is expected to contract by around 6 per cent this year, and then grow by 5 per cent next year and 4 per cent in 2022. [Full Text]

ASIC issued its expectations of retail lenders for when loan repayment deferrals end. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS

The ABS issued wage growth figures for the June quarter. [Full Text]

The ABS said that a fall in lower paid jobs led to an increase in average earnings for all employees because the remaining jobs had a higher earnings profile. [Full Text]

The Institute of Family Studies issued 'Families Then and Now: how income and employment changed for Australian households between 1980 and 2019'. [Full Text]

GENDER / EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency said the national gender pay gap for the six months to May was 14 per cent, and that more women than men have lost their jobs since COVID-19 struck. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Institute of Family Studies issued a guide to conducting a literature review to inform the design, delivery or evaluation of a program in the community services sector. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / DESIGN

AHURI issued video and presentation slides from a webinar on improving outcomes for lower-income apartment residents and neighbourhoods. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney discussed the impact of public housing renewal on tenants. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

Better Renting issued the results of a survey about people's experiences of renting during COVID-19. [Full Text]

Everybody's Home said that with only 247 applicants and zero approvals, HomeBuilder pales against what's really required. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Human Rights Commission issued 'Property, Construction and Modern Slavery: Practical responses to managing risks to people'. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / CORONAVIRUS

The Association of Architects discussed how architectural firms can build professional resilience during COVID-19. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Australian CBD and non-CBD office vacancy increased from 8.3 to 9.5 percent over the six months to July, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / CORONAVIRUS

The Constructors Association welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia's mid-cycle update but said improvements must be made to how contracts are procured and delivered. [Full Text]

The Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics issued 'Freight route performance under COVID-19'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

The Property Council and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia will discuss value capture, in an online hearing for the inquiry into options for financing faster rail, today from 10 am. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / DESIGN

RMIT announced that it is developing a tool to measure walkability in rural and regional areas. [Full Text]

RESOURCES / SUSTAINABILITY / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Pitt announced $125 million to explore two corridors in northern Australia for mineral, energy and groundwater resources. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said the Emissions Reduction Fund has again allowed big polluters to increase emissions without penalty. [Full Text]

BHP issued a statement on its approach to industry associations. [Full Text]

The Investor Group on Climate Change said BHP's strengthened expectations of industry associations have been welcomed. [Full Text]

EVENTS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Climate Council will host 'Re-energise Australia: A clean jobs summit for local government', on Wednesday. [Full Text]

AWARDS / ENGINEERING

Finalists for the Engineering Excellence Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

AWARDS / PLANNING

Nominations for the Planning Institute's Awards for Excellence close on 25 August. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Premier Berejiklian announced a process for naming Sydney's third city, the CBD of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Stokes released the list of projects in the fifth tranche of the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes said that included in the list is a new Aerotropolis State Environmental Planning Policy. [Full Text]

Minister Ayres announced the rezoning of the Western Gateway component of the proposed 'Tech Central' development at Railway Square in Sydney. [Full Text]

Strategic and design documentation for the Central Precinct and Western Gateway is online. [Full Text]

A response to submissions report for the Central Precinct Western Gateway rezoning proposal is also online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce made a submission to the NSW Productivity Commission's Review of Infrastructure Contributions. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute NSW said that Build-to-Rent could be the biggest innovation in Australian property since 1960s. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RESOURCES / PLANNING

NSW Planning approved an application to allow quarrying and rehabilitation work to begin at CSR's Badgerys Creek quarry. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN / PLANNING

The City of Parramatta released designs for a $130 million community and civic building at Parramatta Square. [Full Text]

The City of Parramatta Council endorsed plans to expand the Justice Precinct in the Parramatta CBD. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / HEALTH / EMPLOYMENT

The Committee for Sydney said that many cities are moving faster than Sydney on bike lanes despite the economic, health and employment benefits of a bicycle network. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Toole said 44 projects will be completed in coming months under the NSW Government's $100 million stimulus for road and maintenance works. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

Chief Minister Barr announced an extension of the ACT land tax rebate for landlords who reduce tenants' rent by at least 25 per cent. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The ACT Government has released preliminary environmental approvals and social impact documentation for the City to Woden Light Rail project. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Minister Steel announced that the ACT Government is implementing a ban of some single-use plastics. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Renewable Energy Agency announced $2 million for the Alice Springs Future Grid Project. [Full Text]

Minister Taylor said the project will bring security and reliability to the grid for the benefit of 30,000 residents in Alice Springs and communities up to 130 kilometres away. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Andrews said the State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for four weeks. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Victorian Planning Authority issued an update on its program to fast track 19 planning and infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

Victoria's Streamlining for Growth grant funding round for councils will be opening for applications on 28 August. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS

The number of payroll jobs nationwide remained steady through July while Victoria saw a fall, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said job losses due to COVID-19 were clearly concentrating in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

The City of Melbourne announced that it is preparing a package of shovel-ready infrastructure projects to present to the Australian and Victorian governments. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CIRCULAR ECONOMY / SUSTAINABILITY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister D'Ambrosio opened the $2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants to increase the use of recycled materials in local infrastructure projects across Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / ICT

Minister D'Ambrosio said more than 15 new electric vehicle charging stations will be constructed in north western Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN / ENVIRONMENT

The Victorian Government issued 'Siting and design guidelines for structures on the Victorian coast'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / BUSHFIRE

Minister Littleproud announced $36 million for bushfire recovery projects in Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Housing Industry Association made a submission on the Queensland Government's proposed planning initiatives to support economic recovery. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

The SA Opposition called on the Government to reveal whether it offered tenderers involved in train privatisation $1 million if their bids were unsuccessful. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

Premier McGowan announced a Mid-West Recovery Plan as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The Property Council issued a plan to reactivate Perth's CBD. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said that home buyer sentiment remains overwhelmingly positive despite the economic impact of COVID 19 in WA. [Full Text]

Landgate advised that developers in WA will be bringing more lots than previously expected into the market from greenfield developments. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Templeman tabled the report of an inquiry into the City of Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Active Sustainability issued a guide to the re-use of recovered construction and demolition materials in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENGINEERING / REGULATION

The WA Government issued a consultation paper on proposed changes to the registration of building engineers. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE

The WA Government issued an update to its register of heritage places. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM

The Tasmanian Government released a Visitor Economy Action Plan. [Full Text]