Monday, 19 October 2020

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Treasurer Frydenberg said the Business Growth Fund has been formally established. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued a macroeconomic overview. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Budget Office issued 'Public Debt Interest Calculator'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank Governor discussed 'The Recovery from a Very Uneven Recession', in a speech. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce said the speech underscores the urgency needed for the Federal Government and states and territories to work together. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / RETAIL / CORONAVIRUS

The Urban Research Infrastructure Network published a spatial analysis of employment vulnerability in the retail sector as a result of COVID-19. [Full Text]

The ABS said there were 157,000 more jobless families in June 2020 than in June 2019. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Institute of Family Studies issued 'Gambling in Australia during COVID-19.' [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

The Banking Association said almost half of deferred loans are now being repaid. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute welcomed the news and said there are still a range of factors yet to play out that will have an impact on the property market. [Full Text]

Property industry confidence is gradually picking up, albeit very cautiously, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

CoreLogic outlined six reasons for a decline in property investor activity that has been underway since 2015. [Full Text]

A researcher from the University of Sydney discussed the potential electoral effect if a political party were to promise to radically reduce home prices to improve affordability. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

The Urban Housing Research Institute issued 'Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts'. [Full Text]

The Urban Housing Research Institute outlined Federal Budget items relating to housing, homelessness and cities. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / CORONAVIRUS

The ACCC Chair discussed 'Competition issues in infrastructure and changes since COVID-19', in a speech. [Full Text]

The Constructors Association published a summary of the recent AFR Infrastructure Summit. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The National Transport Commission published its annual report. [Full Text]

DESIGN / TRANSPORT / INTERNATIONAL

The US-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy launched 'Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City'. [Full Text]

ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Taylor discussed 'Hydrogen - for growth and lower emissions' in a speech. [Full Text]

WATER / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Water Services Association issued 'Transitioning the water industry with the circular economy'. [Full Text]

Austrade in China has launched a prototype virtual reality tour of Australia's strengths in water harvesting and environment management in urban areas. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / RESOURCES

The Parliamentary Library issued a brief on Budget measures related to environmental approvals. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / BUDGET

The Parliamentary Library issued a brief on Budget measures related to defence. [Full Text]

ICT / REGULATION

Minister Fletcher issued a Statement of Expectations to the ACCC concerning its work to protect broadband and mobile consumers and encourage infrastructure investment in the telecommunications industry. [Full Text]

HEALTH / CORONAVIRUS

The Federal Government issued an updated COVID-19 action plan. [Full Text]

EVENTS / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Clean Energy Open Day will be held this Sunday. [Full Text]

AWARDS / AWARDS

Winners of the Planning Institute's Urban Design Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / DESIGN

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation and Government Architect NSW released 'Good Design for Social Housing'. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association welcomed a commitment by the NSW Treasurer to increase investment in social housing as part of November's Budget. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN / TOURISM

Infrastructure NSW published its response to submissions on the proposed Powerhouse Parramatta. [Full Text]

A project update for Powerhouse Parramatta has also been published by Infrastructure NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT

The City of Parramatta announced a new fast-tracked planning program. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce made a submission to NSW Planning, Industry and Environment on the draft Cumberland Plan Conservation Plan. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CORONAVIRUS / ECONOMICS

Minister Stokes announced a pilot program of relaxed outdoor dining restrictions for The Rocks in Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Constance announced that a $370 million contract has been awarded for the construction of the Sydney Metro Crows Nest Station. [Full Text]

Minister Constance said major light rail construction on Parramatta's 'Eat Street' dining strip will be fast-tracked for completion in mid-2021. [Full Text]

A 360-degree virtual tour of Sydney's Northconnex road tunnel is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister McCormack welcomed the approval of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail. [Full Text]

The NSW Opposition demanded that a Government guarantee for the transfer of 15,000 kilometres of rural and regional roads to the State will go ahead without hurting local councils. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said that road works contracts should create local jobs. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Renewable Energy Agency announced funding for Frasers Property to build 51 energy efficient homes in in south west Sydney, to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving zero energy demand homes at scale. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE

Minister Littleproud invited applications for $250 million in bushfire recovery grants for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

Minister Anderson announced a partnership to create a digital training platform for construction practitioners in NSW. [Full Text]

NSW property industry confidence has lifted for the December quarter, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Opposition Leader McKay said changes to the NSW Ministerial Code of Conduct will ban ministers and parliamentary secretaries from seeking or receiving commission payments from property developers. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

ACT property industry confidence has dropped by 13 index points to 81, significantly below its high of 144 points at the same time last year, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ELECTION

Inside Story discussed the potential outcomes and implications of the ACT election. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

Victoria's Commissioner for Residential Tenancies issues an inaugural report, 'Renting in Victoria: Snapshot 2020'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Government opened consultation on updates to the Guidelines for Precinct Structure Planning in Melbourne's Greenfields. [Full Text]

Minister D'Ambrosio opened consultation on a $13 million boulevard connecting Domain Gardens to Port Phillip Bay. [Full Text]

The Victorian Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust called for a consortium to lead the master planning process for a new cemetery development at Harkness, adjoining Melbourne's West Growth Corridor. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / REGULATION

Victoria's Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission announced an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct within the State's public transport sector. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

Property industry confidence in Victoria is the lowest in the nation at 64 index points for the December quarter, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Treasurer Pallas outlined Victoria's current economic position. [Full Text]

The Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance issued a report on the consolidated financial outcomes for the State. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / CORONAVIRUS

The Victorian Government issued a roadmap for reopening metropolitan Melbourne. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on changes to Victorian restrictions. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

The Property Council said that while confidence has begun to return to Queensland's economy, a lack of activity in city centres is of increasing concern for the property industry. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / DESIGN / INDUSTRY

The Institute of Architects urged both major political parties in Queensland to commit to increasing resources to the state's government architect's office. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for investment in resource recovery and waste diversion infrastructure. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

The Property Council said that industry confidence in SA sits at 98 points for the December quarter, lifting 12 points since last quarter. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association said a pre-election pledge by the SA Government to introduce a cap on council rate rises in the State has been dumped. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Chamber of Commerce said the short-term confidence of WA businesses rebounded this quarter but the outlook for the next 12 months remains weaker than pre-COVID levels. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

WA is the only state or territory with an overall positive level of industry sentiment, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

The WA Government awarded a contract to build the 21 km METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / PLANNING / REGULATION

Minister Ferguson said legislation streamlining the existing land use planning pathway has passed the Tasmanian Parliament. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The Tasmanian Government announced a renewable energy generation target of 200 per cent of current needs by 2040. [Full Text]