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The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Housing Assistance in Australia'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare also issued 'National Social Housing Survey 2018: key results'. [Full Text]

Dr Mehreen Faruqi said the report shows Australia has lost 20,000 public housing units in the last decade. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued documents on impaired housing finance loans. [Full Text]

Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ from Curtin University said that the boundaries of home ownership are becoming permeable. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the number of owner-occupied finance commitments decreased by 0.5 per cent in May. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association ranked states and territories by key residential building indicators. [Full Text]

A summary of the Housing Industry Association's Housing Scorecard report is online. [Full Text]

Minister Karen Andrews announced that the Building Ministers Forum committed to a national approach to implementing the recommendations of the Shergold Weir Report on building standards. [Full Text]

A communique from the Building Ministers Forum is online. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said it welcomed the prospect of a national consensus. [Full Text]

The Ai Group welcomed the decision. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the commitment recognises that a nationally consistent approach to improve community confidence in the building system is needed. [Full Text]

The Property Council advocated for extended funding of the ABCB to expand its capabilities, and ensure its governance structure is fit for purpose with an expanded mandate. [Full Text]

The Sustainable Built Environment Council welcomed the agreement of Building Ministers to advance energy efficiency provisions for new homes in the National Construction Code. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the energy efficiency of new homes is set to improve with the Building Ministers' agreement. [Full Text]

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council issued a report on the infrastructure industry's sustainability achievements over the past year. [Full Text]

JLL released its annual Global Sustainability Report. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz discussed Local Strategic Planning Statements released for public exhibition in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister John Barilaro said $96 million from the NSW Government's Drought Stimulus Package will fund significant infrastructure projects in regional towns and cities. [Full Text]

The Victorian Cladding Taskforce issued a report on the progress of its audit. [Full Text]

The Association of Consulting Architects welcomed the report but said the Federal Government must also take action to ensure a unified national approach. [Full Text]

The WA Government launched a Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for a Shelter WA and Property Council event to discuss affordable housing supply and well-designed cities, to be held on 6 August. [Full Text]