Thursday, 17 December 2020

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

Minister McCormack announced an increase to the threshold that triggers an evaluation of project proposals by Infrastructure Australia. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / CORONAVIRUS

Infrastructure Australia issued 'Infrastructure beyond COVID-19: A national study on the impacts of the pandemic on Australia'. [Full Text]

The report highlights that car dependency has increased while patronage on public transport has declined in our cities and suburbs, according to Shadow Minister King. [Full Text]

Consult Australia issued a report on the consideration of social impacts in infrastructure business cases. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The ABS issued 'Household financial resources, June, 2020'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued a summary of the Australian economy during the September quarter. [Full Text]

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

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

ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'Personal Income in Australia, 2011-12 to 2017-18'. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / CORONAVIRUS

Everybody's Home issued 'Double return: How investing in social housing can address the growing homelessness crisis and boost Australia's economic recovery'. [Full Text]

Anglicare said urgent action is needed to boost jobs and tackle homelessness. [Full Text]

The Greens said the Federal government needs to declare this a crisis and look at all policy options to avoid this looming disaster. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation issued 'State of the Nation's Housing 2020'. [Full Text]

The report found that COVID-19 caused the largest shock to population growth since early last century, triggering a forecast fall in new demand for housing of 286,000 dwellings over the next five years. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that the forecasts expect new supply to outpace new demand by 127,000 dwellings in 2021. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the report warns that affordability could deteriorate if supply is not responsive to the rebound in demand once migration returns to earlier levels. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute advocated for annual scorecards on progress against housing targets. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Housing Variables, 2020'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said new home sales increased by a further 15 per cent in November to reach a decade-high. [Full Text]

The Housing and Urban Research Institute released a report on the barriers and challenges within the housing system for delivering housing supply that is more diverse in terms of size, built form, tenure, development model and affordability. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT / CORONAVIRUS / BUSHFIRE

The Centre for Social Impact released a report on the impacts of the challenges faced in 2020 on the 'For-Purpose' sector. [Full Text]

GENDER / ECONOMICS

The ABS issued an updated comparison of the economic and social differences between women and men over time. [Full Text]

HEALTH / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Australia and International health data comparisons, 2020'. [Full Text]

The Department of Health issued an updated list of all hospitals in Australia. [Full Text]

CORONAVIRUS

The Academy of Health and Medical Sciences issued a summary of priorities for Australia's path through the COVID-19 pandemic in coming months. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued a report on the impact of COVID-19 on boards and executive leadership. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / ICT

The Electric Vehicle Council issued a statement following an ABC report on a leaked draft of Australia's electric car strategy. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute said the discussion paper is an admission of failure from the Government when it comes to electric vehicles. [Full Text]

Senator Rice said the strategy is woefully inadequate. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Green Building Council issued 'Green Star: A year in focus, 2019-2020'. [Full Text]

ENERGY / RESOURCES / SUSTAINABILITY / CLIMATE

ClimateWorks issued a report tracking 22 of Australia's biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the resources sector. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued a report on the employment aspects of the transition from fossil fuels in Australia. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS / FLOODS

Minister Littleproud announced a $50 million National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Fund. [Full Text]

WATER / ENVIRONMENT / AGRICULTURE

The Murray Darling Basin Authority issued '2020 Basin Plan Evaluation'. [Full Text]

The report has been tabled from an inquiry into the future growth of the agricultural sector in Australia. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The PM issued a statement from the first meeting of the National Federation Reform Council. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Stokes launched the exhibition of the new Rapid Assessments Framework for major projects in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes released the draft Westmead Place Strategy. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Strategy is an important piece of the puzzle in ensuring future growth is well-planned and aligns with the existing strengths of the area. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey approved a modified plan for the Bonnyrigg Housing estate in Sydney's south-west, to deliver an additional 500 homes, new open space and community facilities. [Full Text]

A development application for a Civic and Cultural Precinct in the Queanbeyan CBD has been approved. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The winner of a design competition for the Pier Pavilion at Barangaroo has been announced. [Full Text]

The final design has been released for a $24 million upgrade to Regatta Park, part of the Western Sydney City Deal's Western Parkland City Liveability Program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ARTS / INDUSTRY

Minister Harwin said that Lendlease, Multiplex and Richard Crookes Constructions have been shortlisted to build the Powerhouse Parramatta. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

IPART released a report from its review of the NSW Home Building Compensation Scheme. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ICT / MAPPING / BUSHFIRE

The CSIRO announced a spatial digital twin showing the telecommunications towers and other assets in NSW that could assist emergency services during the coming bushfire season. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING / AGRICULTURE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association expressed concern that the NSW Bushfire Amendment Act Bill was passed through Parliament without consulting councils. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY / INNOVATION

NSW Treasury issued 'Let's Collaborate: SMEs using research to drive innovation'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

The Urban Development Institute announced the winners of its NSW Awards for Excellence. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / RESOURCES

The Conservation Foundation issued a report on the plan to close Ranger Mine and incorporate the rehabilitated site into Kakadu National Park. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / WATER / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister McCormack announced a $200 million rescue package for the Murray Basin Freight Rail network in north-western Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AGRICULTURE / ENERGY / ECONOMICS

Minister Symes announced an Agricultural Energy Investment Plan for Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EDUCATION

Minister Merlino announced a new round of the Victorian Government's $402 million contribution to fund upgrades for the non-government school sector. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN

Finalists for the Victorian Premier's Design Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / NATURAL DISASTERS

Minister Miles released 'Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Premier Palaszczuk announced that the Queensland Government has received 192 expressions of interest for its Renewable Energy Zones, with the combined capacity to power the entire nation. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure WA released a consultation outcomes report on its State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Wyatt released the WA 2020-21 Mid-year Review. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDIGENOUS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Treasurer Wyatt launched an economic development pilot project to reform land tenure in WA's remote communities to improve economic, health and social outcomes for Aboriginal people. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

Minister Tudge announced the preferred proponent to design and construct the METRONET Lakelands Station in Mandurah, WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / RESOURCES

The WA Government released statistical information and editorial on the State's resources sector. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ENERGY

The PM announced an agreement with the Tasmanian Government to deliver the Marinus Link transmission project and part of the Battery of the Nation hydro project. [Full Text]