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The Parliamentary Library issued 'Australian pandemic response planning: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Australian COVID-19 response management arrangements: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued 'National emergency and disaster response arrangements in Australia: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

The Group of Eight universities issued 'COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery - A Report for the Nation'. [Full Text]

The University of Melbourne said the report provides an ethical framework with two options for the Federal Government to respond to the pandemic. [Full Text]

University of Sydney's Dr Stephen Kirchner said that re-establishing Australia's international connectedness should be prioritised. [Full Text]

The Committee for Economic Development said capturing the lessons from the public sector's response to COVID-19 and applying them will be fundamental in meeting economic, social and environmental challenges on the other side. [Full Text]

SGS outlined five steps for the Federal Government to create a positive legacy, post COVID-19. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Note on the impact of COVID-19 on the Consumer Price Index'. [Full Text]

Commsec said that the annual rate of headline inflation lifted from 1.8 per cent to 2.2 per cent - the strongest pace in 51/2 years. [Full Text]

WSP issued 'COVID-19 & Public Transport: From Response to Recovery'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said the Federal Opposition's idea for a bullet train from Melbourne to Brisbane is not a good use of a generation's worth of infrastructure spending. [Full Text]

A group of healthcare professionals, universities and industry bodies called on government to roll out infrastructure to support walking and cycling now and after COVID-19. [Full Text]

Minister Scott Buchholz said Round One of the Federal Government's $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund is open. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service issued proposals for job creation and poverty reduction, including a proposal to build 30,000 social housing dwellings. [Full Text]

Griffith University and the University of Newcastle published the Employment Vulnerability Index report and accompanying maps of suburbs and regions that are most at risk of job losses from COVID-19. [Full Text]

UNSW launched an interactive COVID-19 Property Market Dashboard. [Full Text]

The Competition and Consumer Commission issued 'Home Loan Price Inquiry interim report'. [Full Text]

Anglicare Australia released 'Rental Affordability Snapshot: Time to raise the rate for good'. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association said the construction industry has joined with charities and welfare groups to push for a post-COVID-19 social housing boom. [Full Text]

Professor Ron Wakefield from RMIT outlined a two-step strategy to provide everyone with a home. [Full Text]

The US-based Social Progress Imperative issued a paper assessing the social resilience of different countries in the face of COVID-19. [Full Text]

John Hopkins from Swinburne University of Technology said that city planning will need to change if more people work from home after COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Property Council called on state and territory governments to consider housing and display home inspections as they look at easing social distancing restrictions. [Full Text]

Roberts Day published the results of a survey of councils on the 'Percent for Art' approach to funding public art as a percentage of the cost of a development. [Full Text]

The Foreign Investment Review Board released further detail on its temporary change to the threshold for screening of foreign acquisitions and takeovers to $0. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the establishment of a National Tourism Restart Taskforce. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute is hosting the online event 'Planning for recovery: Australia after the pandemic' today from noon. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes announced the first 24 projects to undergo fast-tracked assessment under the NSW Government's Planning System Acceleration Program. [Full Text]

The criteria for identifying projects for fast-tracked assessment are online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said Minister Rob Stokes, along with the Department of Planning and Treasury deserve praise for developing strong criteria for assessment of projects and using those criteria to fast track projects which will create employment. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said the key criteria for the transparent fast-tracking of development and construction were on the right track. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the criteria seem to be the right ones if they are applied appropriately. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said that without urgent interventions Sydney is headed for the lowest levels of dwelling completions since 1953. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced regulatory changes to allow public hearings and meetings of planning panels in NSW to be held using telephone and video conferencing. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce made a submission to the Ten Directions for the Pyrmont Peninsula Planning Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance released the first Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydney Metro West rail project. [Full Text]

Further detail for Sydney Metro West is online, including a summary booklet, station design animations and an interactive map. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney said that Transport for NSW Secretary Rodd Staples has flagged a shift in major project investment to Sydney's west if COVID-19 leads to population growth slowing in other areas of the city. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia has approved Sydney's Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Passing Loop as a priority project. [Full Text]

NSW Ports said the project will support increased volumes of containers being moved by rail to and from Port Botany. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government has published further information on the $395 million COVID-19 local government economic stimulus package. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW welcomed a Federal Government plan to fast track shovel-ready road projects. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions in NSW to take effect from Friday. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean announced approval of a fast-tracked NSW-QLD electricity interconnector. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service issued 'Cost of Living in NSW - Results from the 2019 NCOSS Cost of Living in NSW (CoLiN) Survey.' [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service issued 'Cost of Living - COVID-19 Supplementary Paper'. [Full Text]

The NT Government released the design tender for a new art gallery at the State Square Precinct in Darwin. [Full Text]

The NT Government said it will release a tender of works shortly for the design, development and construction of a dedicated space to support community activities and events along Austin Lane and Spain Place in Darwin. [Full Text]

The NT Government announced that the Land Development Corporation will develop Kilgariff Estate Stage 2. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan called for feedback to inform the development of open space at Preston in Melbourne, following the removal of four level crossings. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the Queensland Government's response to COVID-19. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the fast tracking of 22 jointly-funded regional Queensland road projects worth $185 million. [Full Text]

An independent expert panel has been announced to inform flood models and crossing designs for the Queensland section of the Brisbane-Melbourne Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

The Committee for Adelaide outlined ways for Adelaide to grow following COVID-19. [Full Text]

The first parcel of land at Macquarie Point, a former industrial waterfront site in Hobart, has been released to market. [Full Text]