Monday, 25 January 2021

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / FINANCE

The National Audit Office issued a report on the administration of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Building Codes Board released three discussion papers in response to the recent Building Confidence Report. [Full Text]

The ABS issued '1268.0.55.001 Functional Classification of Buildings, Jan 2021 (First Issue)'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

The Real Estate Institute called for the removal of COVID-19 rental eviction moratoriums. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Consult Australia issued 'Considering social impacts in infrastructure business cases'. [Full Text]

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University argued that the impacts of major infrastructure projects on public health should be considered and measured. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / RESOURCES

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest discussed his plans for green hydrogen energy, in an ABC Boyer Lecture. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / INTERNATIONAL

Princeton University issued a report outlining five technological pathways for the US to decarbonize its entire economy. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMICS

The Productivity Commission issued a report from its review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service said that only two thirds of full-time time jobs lost in the recession have been restored. [Full Text]

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

CORONAVIRUS

Deloitte issued a report on how Chairs from 46 ASX100 boards approached the COVID-19 pandemic. [Full Text]

The PM issued a statement from Friday's National Cabinet meeting. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Constance announced planning approval for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade in Sydney. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the announcement is very welcome and strongly supported by the property development and construction sector. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / HERITAGE

Shadow Minister Voltz said the NSW Government must explain a surprise $100 million announcement for a proposed business hub at the historic Female Factory in Parramatta. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CIRCULAR ECONOMY

A $35 million round of grants for waste and recycling infrastructure in NSW is now open. [Full Text]

Minister Kean said the grants will prioritise new sorting technologies and materials recovery projects. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said projects that benefit local communities should go to the front of the line for funding consideration. [Full Text]

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association said the next step would be to consider how NSW's regulatory and planning policy landscape will drive market demand to bolster remanufacturing [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils called for a review of private profits achieved via taxpayer-funded development in Western Sydney. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY / BUDGET

Chief Minister Barr said the ACT Budget will invest $307 million over five years to take the next steps to transition the ACT to net zero emission. [Full Text]

The ACT Government released a webtool aimed at helping Canberra renters reduce their energy costs. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Rattenbury confirmed that the ACT Government's Commercial Tenancies Relief will end on 31 January. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced $15 million for 18 new parks in Melbourne. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN / HEALTH / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Final designs have been released for Stage 3A of the $217 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital in Victoria. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / RESOURCES / HERITAGE

Premier McGowan announced $1.6 million to fast-track environmental, mining and heritage approvals related to 17 major projects in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister MacTiernan said the WA Government has received 65 expressions of interest to develop the greenfields Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area near Geraldton into a globally competitive renewable hydrogen precinct. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HEALTH / PLANNING

Minister Cook announced a taskforce to inform the WA Government's planning and investment decisions regarding the Graylands Hospital site at Mount Claremont in Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Minister Kelly launched 'Beyond 2020 - WA Youth Action Plan'. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / FINANCE / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Premier Gutwein outlined the Tasmanian Government's priorities for 2021, including a land tax review. [Full Text]