Thursday, 4 November 2021

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

Shadow Minister Clare said the cost to buy a home in Australia has jumped by about 21.9 per cent in the past 12 months. [Full Text]

Researchers from UNSW published an analysis of housing-related financial stress and political alignment, in order to challenge the notion of housing reform as 'political suicide'. [Full Text]

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said that housing prices are continuing to rise in most markets and that it is important that lending standards are maintained at a time of historically low interest rates. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said the market is continuing to slowly lose momentum since moving through a peak monthly rate of growth in March. [Full Text]

The ABS released lending indicators for September and said that owner-occupier lending continued to fall. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that in September, new loan commitments to owner occupiers fell while investors increased their interest in zero-COVID states. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, September 2021'. [Full Text]

The ABS said that a decline in private house approvals over recent months can be largely attributed to the end of federal and state stimulus measures. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'Selected Living Cost Indexes, Australia, September 2021'. [Full Text]

Over the past 12 months automotive fuel prices have increased 25 per cent, which has been the largest contributor to higher living costs for Australian households, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued a chart pack. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Ai Group announced that its Performance of Construction Index for October indicated a strong pace of recovery, following the sharp fall in August due to COVID-19 restrictions. [Full Text]

Deloitte said that the value of infrastructure projects underway is set to rise from approximately $200 billion in 2021 to $285 billion in 2023. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / RETAIL

Australia Post published the results of a survey of business leaders on supply chain issues, including issues related to sustainability, digitisation and modal shifts in transport. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The Federal Government published 'International Road Safety Comparisons' and said that between 2010 and 2019 Australia's fatality rate declined by 23.9 per cent. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / SUSTAINABILITY / DESIGN

Staff from WSP discussed the opportunity for the property sector to continue to transition towards net zero by adapting existing buildings. [Full Text]

CLIMATE

The Federal Government issued its annual Low Emissions Technology Statement. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / RESOURCES

The Australia Institute published research showing that planned new gas and coal projects in Australia would result in almost 1.7 billion tonnes of CO2e emissions annually. [Full Text]

The Victorian Parliamentary Library issued a fact sheet on hydrogen, how and where it will be produced in Australia, and the main challenges. [Full Text]

The CSIRO published a report on the future supply and demand of metals needed to support the transition to a low emissions future. [Full Text]

A report from Beyond Zero Emissions on the potential of Australia's new green export industries is online. [Full Text]

CIRCULAR ECONOMY / INFRASTRUCTURE / CLIMATE / FINANCE

PwC published a report on lessons learned in funding and financing green and circular infrastructure. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The ACCC warned public sector agencies to be alert to the potential for collusion between bidders during procurement processes. [Full Text]

TECHNOLOGY

The annual Australian Digital Inclusion Index has been published by the Centre for Social Impact, RMIT University and Telstra. [Full Text]

NOT FOR PROFIT

The Centre for Social Impact published a report on Australia's social venture ecosystem. [Full Text]

EVENTS / CONSULTATION / CORONAVIRUS

WSP will host the webinar 'Innovation in Engagement through Disrupted and Uncertain Times' on 17 November. [Full Text]

EVENTS / CITIES / CORONAVIRUS

AHURI will host the event 'Uncharted urban futures: Australian cities post pandemic' on 18 November in Melbourne and online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Minister Stokes announced the rezoning of land at Wilton in South West Sydney to create a town centre, and the finalisation of the Rhodes Place Strategy. [Full Text]

The Property Council expressed concern that planning controls for student housing were not included in the recently released draft housing legislation for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / DESIGN / PUBLIC SPACE / ENVIRONMENT

A Place, Design and Landscape Plan has been released for the M12 Motorway which will provide access to the Western Sydney International Airport. [Full Text]

The second Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney Metro West rail project has been placed on exhibition. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / CITIES / NIGHT TIME ECONOMY

The NSW Office of Local Government issued updated guidelines for councils on the streamlined application process for outdoor dining. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Premier Perrottet announced a review into the administration of grants programs in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM / ECONOMICS

The NSW Government announced $8 million in grant programs to support the visitor economy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / WATER / ENVIRONMENT

The NSW Government released a draft 10-year management plan for the NSW Mainland Marine Park Network. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / CORONAVIRUS

Penrith City Council issued 'Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19'. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / RECREATION / DESIGN / PUBLIC SPACE

The ACT Government released a draft Play Spaces Strategy. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / PLANNING

The ACT Government announced increased requirements for planting trees and providing green space as part of new residential developments. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY / ENERGY

The SA Government announced development approval for the State's largest battery storage project, to be built in Adelaide's outer northern suburbs. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The WA Auditor-General announced that it will report on the cost and time performance, governance and financial controls for a selection of major projects. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / DESIGN

A Concept Master Plan for the Morley Station Precinct in Perth has been released. [Full Text]