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The Railway Association issued 'The Australian Rail Supply Chain - State of Play, Challenges and Recommendations'. [Full Text]

The Housing and Urban Research Institute issued 'Local government co-ordination: metropolitan governance in twenty-first century Australia'. [Full Text]

The report found that state governments are the dominant player in current city governance and there is a trend towards taking away planning powers from local government, according to Associate Professor Andrew Butt of RMIT. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute issued 'The Crumbling Australian Dream: An Examination of Australia's Housing Sector'. [Full Text]

The Association of Superannuation Funds issued a report on how the early release of superannuation for housing deposits would impact house prices and affordability. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, December 2020'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank Board said that price growth and overall housing conditions have been especially strong in the detached housing sector in outer metropolitan and regional areas. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, February 2021'. [Full Text]

The Commonwealth Bank issued a summary of its Household Spending Intentions research for February. [Full Text]

CoreLogic issued a summary of its report, 'Women and Property: State of Play'. [Full Text]

Minister Price issued an oped: 'The Defence Sector and Regional Australia: Prospects For Economic Development'. [Full Text]

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe discussed data and economic recovery, in a speech. [Full Text]

Productivity Commission Chair Michael Brennan discussed the rise of digital technology, in a speech. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council published a discussion paper on the circular economy. [Full Text]

The Climate Targets Panel issued an updated report on Australia's emissions reduction tasks over coming decades, if a target of net-zero by 2050 is adopted, instead of a 50 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. [Full Text]

The City of London launched a pilot program to provide advice to businesses on how to decarbonise their buildings and reduce energy consumption. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects published a webinar recording on site planning and design considerations for bushfire planning. [Full Text]

The PM announced $1.1 billion to extend the COVID-19 health response and suppression strategy until 31 December. [Full Text]

The Council of Small Business Organisations published a timeline of state and federal government responses to COVID-19. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg discussed 'COVID-19 - Rising to the Challenge, Seizing the Opportunities', in a speech. [Full Text]

The Melbourne Institute said that although GDP has rebounded and is showing strong growth, the number of people reporting financial stress has risen to 31 per cent. [Full Text]

Reserve Bank Assistant Governor Christopher Kent discussed 'Small Businesses Finance in the Pandemic' in a speech. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council announced the winners of its Green Star Champions and Future Green Leader of the Year Awards. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced two planning approvals for the Sydney Metro West Project Concept. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian said the new Aerotropolis city will be named 'Bradfield' and will grow into Sydney's third city, alongside Sydney and Parramatta. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute made a submission to NSW Treasury on property taxation reform. [Full Text]

NSW Planning announced that it will be responsible for progressing a proposal to transform the southern portion of Waterloo Estate, pending advice from independent experts. [Full Text]

Minister Anderson announced the passage of the NSW Community Land Management Bill. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare said the NSW Government has only paid 4.6 per cent of the $220 million promised to help renters in financial stress because of the pandemic. [Full Text]

Business Sydney published 'Night Works - Jobs for the 24-Hour Economy'. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission published a report from community engagement about employment and economic growth opportunities in the Central Coast. [Full Text]

Minister Hancock introduced legislation to reform the NSW local government rating system. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes said 12 councils will receive and then match funding to deliver new and improved pedestrian and cycle pathways, parks and open spaces as part of the NSW Government's Metropolitan Greenspace Program. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced the recipients of the $7 million round of a grant program to renew, renovate and build inclusive play spaces in NSW. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney adopted a draft Greening Strategy. [Full Text]

Mayor Clover Moore announced a new target of 23 per cent canopy cover by 2030, as part of the City of Sydney's Greening Strategy. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney published a series of reports on its progress toward its environmental targets. [Full Text]

Minister Ley announced a future leasing strategy to protect public ownership and access of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust buildings. [Full Text]

The ACT Government opened consultation to inform an update to its draft Regional Fire Management Plan. [Full Text]

Treasurer Pallas announced a distance-based charge for zero and low emission vehicles in Victoria. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the charge will provide certainty for infrastructure funding for Electric Vehicle owners. [Full Text]

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said it does not make sense to apply the charge to zero emission vehicles now as the technologies are in their infancy and account for a small portion of vehicle sales. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued a report on whether councils are achieving value for money in maintaining their local roads. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued 'Results of 2019-20 Audits: Local Government'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Auditor-General issued 'Results of 2019-20 Audits: State-controlled Entities'. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation announced $18 million for infrastructure works to support social and affordable homes in Brighton and St Kilda. [Full Text]

The Victorian Essential Services Commission announced revised standards to reduce electricity connection timeframes for new housing developments. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria announced that it will provide advice on the decisions that will need to be made on gas transmission and distribution infrastructure to meet a state-wide target of net zero emissions by 2050. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released an options paper on reforms to retirement village regulation. [Full Text]

The Victorian Council of Social Service published a summary of recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission. [Full Text]

Minister Stewart said areas of Glencore's Oaky Creek coal mine had achieved certification for its progressive land rehabilitation. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced that it will release a State Infrastructure Strategy later this year. [Full Text]

The SA Government launched a regional visitor strategy. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a briefing on the results and policies from the WA election. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Premier's Economic & Social Recovery Advisory Council released a report on long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. [Full Text]

Premier Gutwein said he has accepted all 52 recommendations of the report. [Full Text]

Premier Gutwein delivered a State of the State Address for Tasmania. [Full Text]

Minister Ferguson called for pre-registrations of interest to deliver a mixed-use precinct for 'The District' at Macquarie Point in Hobart. [Full Text]

Minister Ferguson said a $30 million Building Construction Support Loan Scheme will be established to bring forward paused commercial construction projects in Tasmania. [Full Text]

Minister Ferguson announced changes to stamp duty concessions and land tax in Tasmania. [Full Text]

Minister Jaensch announced infrastructure concessions for land-owners in new residential subdivisions in Tasmania. [Full Text]