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Infrastructure Partnerships Australia published a summary of its Infrastructure Budget Monitor for 2021. [Full Text]

Victoria has overtaken NSW for the first time in five years in the Infrastructure Funding League Table, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia published a summary of its activities in 2021. [Full Text]

The ABS announced that more people emigrated from, than immigrated into Australia in 2020-21. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute called for a robust plan to restore immigration and population growth. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 2014 - 2019 regional income data, including charts showing income rankings by state, territory and local government area. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued its response to a review of the operation of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank discussed the financial risks and opportunities of climate change, in a podcast. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue published a paper on the creation of social outcomes and social value through government procurement of infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission issued an update on its review of industrial lands policy. [Full Text]

The NSW Audit Office published a report on how effectively the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Department of Regional NSW managed recent changes to the machinery of government. [Full Text]

The NSW Audit Office also published a report on the finances of the Planning, Industry and Environment cluster. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed recently announced changes to planning proposals and rezoning processes in NSW but said more needs to be done to ensure that councils have adequate planning resources to assess and determine applications. [Full Text]

Proposed amendments to the NSW Infrastructure and Education State Environmental Planning Policies are online. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced a pilot program that will support councils to establish special entertainment precincts. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government published a post-election guide for councils, county councils and joint organisations. [Full Text]

Shelley Hancock has announced her intention to step down as NSW Minister for Local Government. [Full Text]

Melinda Pavey announced that she has been told that she will no longer be Minister for Housing and Water, or part of the NSW cabinet. [Full Text]

NSW Minister for Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, Don Harwin, has announced that does not want to be considered for a place in the new Ministry. [Full Text]

The NSW Audit Office published a report on the finances of the Stronger Communities cluster, consisting of 28 agencies. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced a new service to streamline the remediation of compromised government proof-of-identity documents. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils announced that its Urban Heat Planning Toolkit has received a commendation at the Planning Institute's NSW Awards for Planning Excellence. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced a $21 million upgrade of the Ormond Road public housing precinct in Geelong East. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a forestry plan. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government issued 'Footscray Opportunity and Directions Paper'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a discussion paper on improving culture in local councils. [Full Text]

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

The Queensland Government issued its response to a report on the activities of Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission. [Full Text]

Premier McGowan announced changes to the WA Cabinet. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a summary of the changes. [Full Text]

The WA Government published updated guidelines for planning in bushfire prone areas. [Full Text]

Presentation slides are online from an event on lessons learned in design review processes, presented by the WA Government Architect. [Full Text]