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The UN issued the 'Sustainable Development Report 2021: The Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals'. [Full Text]

Renew Economy said the report ranked Australia last for climate action. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the Intergenerational Report shows that there needs to be a national conversation on a fairer taxation system for home owners and tenants in private rentals. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending Indicators, May 2021'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the number of loans for the construction of a new dwelling continued to fall in May but remain elevated compared to pre-COVID levels. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said that new housing loan commitments rose 4.9 per cent in May, driven by investor housing loan commitments. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that industry confidence levels remained close to recent record highs during the last quarter. [Full Text]

The Trucking Association called on the Federal Government change regulation to enable new zero emission trucks to enter the market. [Full Text]

Minister Porter announced $85 million to fund ten years of natural hazards research. [Full Text]

Guidelines for the $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants have been released by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency. [Full Text]

The Architects Accreditation Council released a National Standard of Competency for Architects. [Full Text]

The Federal Government's 'Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupational Registrations' scheme has commenced rollout across states and territories. [Full Text]

Minister Ley launched the Australian Climate Service which aims to bring together climate, natural hazard, geospatial and socioeconomic information into a single platform. [Full Text]

NSW Planning announced that the new Rapid Assessment Framework for major projects has come into force. [Full Text]

Updated guidelines for the assessment of NSW State Significant projects have been released, including guidance on community engagement, cumulative impact assessment and social impact assessment. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes released a Place Strategy for Macquarie Park in Sydney. [Full Text]

The proposed rezoning of three sites, to allow for new residential and commercial towers at St Leonards in Sydney, has been approved. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes said plans for Blackwattle Bay are on public exhibition. [Full Text]

A proposed refurbishment and restoration of the Sirius Building at the Rocks in Sydney has been approval. [Full Text]

Property industry confidence in NSW remained steady during the quarter, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Minister Anderson announced reforms to charity laws in NSW to address the outcomes of the Bergin Inquiry into the Charitable Fundraising Act. [Full Text]

The Charities and Not-for-profits Commission said it welcomes the reforms that will further reduce the red tape burden for charities fundraising. [Full Text]

Winners of the NSW Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Minister D'Ambrosio announced that Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust will receive $150,000 to develop a business case to create one of the largest public spaces in Melbourne's south. [Full Text]

A draft Statement of Planning Policy has been released for the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne will tomorrow consider a proposal to establish a new Melbourne Design Review Panel and Design Excellence Advisory Committee. [Full Text]

The location for a new hospital at Melton in Melbourne has been announced. [Full Text]

Minister Symes announced $8.2 million for 10 Victorian councils significantly affected by flood and storms. [Full Text]

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund announced a $175 million loan to support the Olive Downs coal mine in central Queensland. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said it is deeply irresponsible to use public money to support a coal project in 2021. [Full Text]

Minister Lensink outlined homelessness programs that commenced in SA from 1 July. [Full Text]

Minister Chapman opened applications for the SA Government's Open Spaces and Places for People grant program. [Full Text]

Final designs for a 30-year redevelopment of Breakout Creek in Adelaide have been released. [Full Text]

The WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group issued its May update. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said the forecasts reflect record high housing starts, however land supply remains a critical issue for Perth and the regions. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Government issued an update on progress toward its first State-wide Planning Scheme. [Full Text]

Premier Gutwein said stamp duty will be waived on the purchase of electric vehicles in Tasmania. [Full Text]

Minister Jaensch tabled the Aboriginal Heritage Act Review Report and the Tasmanian Government's response. [Full Text]