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The Australian Government introduced legislation to implement the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation's new research function. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the Commonwealth Government has to work with the states and territories to forecast Australia's housing and infrastructure challenges and manage future supply. [Full Text]

The NHFIC started consultations with lenders regarding their potential participation in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

Raconteur discussed whether property inheritance is widening the wealth gap. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued a presentation on 'The politics of infrastructure'. [Full Text]

Raconteur said emerging technologies are affording new, smarter ways to maintain, build and interact with infrastructure to make urbanisation more manageable. [Full Text]

The Electric Vehicle Council issued 'The state of electric vehicles in Australia 2019'. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued 'Climate Of The Nation 2019'. [Full Text]

The Professional Excellence in Housing Awards Australasian winners have been announced. [Full Text]

The NSW Independent Planning Commission approved a social and affordable housing development in Redfern. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation said the building will have an 8-star rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the NSW Government's messaging about growth particularly for housing has been minimal, following the NSW election. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Urban Taskforce's, 'Cities Shaped By Transport Conference' on 1 November in Sydney. [Full Text]

The UDIA NSW & Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award Finalists were announced.

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The ACT Government approved the business case for light rail stage 2A from Alinga Street station to Commonwealth Park. [Full Text]

The Alice Springs Town Council formally declined the NT Government's offer of $20 million to facilitate building the National Aboriginal Art Gallery on the Alice Springs CBD civic centre site. [Full Text]

The NT Government has launched the 'Northern Territory Coastal and Marine Management Strategy 2019-2029'. [Full Text]

Glen Eira City Council has a consultation session 'MOVING MELBOURNE Opportunities in building active and public transport' tonight in Glen Eira. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey said the only thing standing in the way of the Gold Coast light rail line extension is funding from Canberra. [Full Text]

The State Government revealed the preferred location for the first of three Gold Coast train stations that will be delivered as part of the Cross River Rail Project. [Full Text]

Minister for Planning Cameron Dick released new guidance material to assist Queensland councils in supporting ATSI cultural awareness through their local planning schemes. [Full Text]

Minister Shannon Fentiman released the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Michelle Lensink announced $10 million to improve three public housing unit blocks. [Full Text]

The State Government announced the appointment of Land Services WA as the successful service provider for the Landgate Partial Commercialisation. [Full Text]