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UNSW launched an interactive dashboard, 'Household infrastructure spending'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Homelessness and homelessness services'. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons said the data shows that homelessness services are even more stretched beyond their means. [Full Text]

GRESB published 'Pre-release of the 2020 Real Estate Assessment'. [Full Text]

GRESB published accompanying information on the process. [Full Text]

The benefits and hazards of data-rich cities were discussed in an Inside Story article. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said ABS data shows that Australia's annualised population growth rate fell from 1.55 per cent in the March quarter to 1.53 per cent during the June quarter. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, Sep 2019'. [Full Text]

Professor David Levinson from the University of Sydney said why Australian road rules should be rewritten to put walking first. [Full Text]

A Parliamentary Sub-committee tabled the first report of its inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes announced planning approval for the M6 Stage 1, a tunnel from Arncliffe to Kogarah. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance said a $299 million contract to deliver the new metro station at Waterloo with an integrated development above and beside it has been awarded. [Full Text]

Transport for NSW has partnered with third party operators to offer taxi and rideshare options to customers planning trips. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has accepted the advice of Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons to declare a State of Emergency. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole said road crews are working to remediate and reopen fire-affected NSW roads. [Full Text]

Minister Gordon Ramsay said an audit of ACT Government owned buildings that were identified as having potentially combustible cladding has found that they are all safe for occupation. [Full Text]

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said members of Safe Work Australia have agreed to halve workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to a time weighted average of 0.05mg/m3 over an eight-hour day. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne outlined how the Victorian Government's Accommodation for Homeless program is addressing homelessness for young people in Ballarat. [Full Text]

The Victorian Council of Social Service said the Victorian Government's proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations provide a strong foundation for rental fairness but more can be done. [Full Text]

Victoria Planning released new guidance about using and applying Victoria's suite of residential zones. [Full Text]

From early 2020, the Victoria Planning Provisions and all online planning schemes will be accessible only via Planning Schemes found on the Victorian Planning Portal. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne announced $175,000 for works on Ballarat Mechanics Institute. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Williams released the Victorian Government's Gender Equality Baseline Report. [Full Text]

The winners of the Victoria Planning Institute's Awards for Planning Excellence were announced. [Full Text]

Minister Cameron Dick said the Queensland Government and Dexus have signed a facilitation agreement on a proposed $2.1 billion Waterfront Brisbane concept master plan. [Full Text]

Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said a contract has been awarded as part of the $352 million Rookwood Weir project. [Full Text]

Minister Kate Jones said a $40 million dollar Cross River Rail contract has been awarded. [Full Text]

Minister Mick de Brenni said Queensland Country Bank Stadium is being delivered on time and on budget. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll announced that three consortia have been shortlisted to tender in the operation, maintenance and service delivery of the Adelaide Metro Train Services. [Full Text]

Shelter WA said data from the Institute of Health and Welfare shows a worrying increase in numbers of people accessing homelessness services across WA, and that services cannot keep up with demand. [Full Text]

The City of Hobart released plans for cycleways on Campbell and Argyle streets. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network proposed improvements for the plans. [Full Text]