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AHURI published a policy analysis on the issue of supporting older lower income tenants in the private rental sector. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron launched the Council to Homeless Persons' 'Responding to older persons' homelessness - what works'. [Full Text]

Productivity Commission and CSIRO data is online on progress toward the National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreements on Homelessness and Remote Housing. [Full Text]

Vivienne Milligan from UNSW said the national housing agreement won't achieve its goals without enough funding. [Full Text]

Staff from Curtin and RMIT Universities said new housing supply is not expanding affordable housing opportunities for the poor in a way that reduces homelessness. [Full Text]

The ABS said 54 per cent of permanent migrants aged 15 years and over were buying or owned their own home. [Full Text]

Core Logic released a housing market update. [Full Text]

Dr Tom Wilson from Charles Darwin University said Australia's population is on track to reach the high 30 millions by the middle of the century, with Sydney and Melbourne to top over 8 million each. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that reaching the 25 million population mark should be a call for governments to step up efforts in planning, investing and managing for a growing nation. [Full Text]

The UK's National Infrastructure Commission released the 'National Infrastructure Assessment'. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network examined takeaways from a recent seminar on the ways planning in the Netherlands is used to cater for cyclists, and how it can be used in Australia. [Full Text]

Swinbourne University of Technology published an article about how digital innovations in urban transport are shaping the future of smart mobility. [Full Text]

Productivity Commission and CSIRO data on progress toward the National Partnership Agreement on Land Transport Infrastructure Projects is online. [Full Text]

Colliers discussed how virtual reality has potential to be a powerful tool in commercial reality. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'Policy overload: why the ACCC says household solar subsidies should be abolished'. [Full Text]

The Building and Construction Commission launched a national campaign aimed at security of payments for subcontractors in the building and construction sector. [Full Text]

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities released 'Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Greater Sydney'. [Full Text]

There was an increase in vacancy rates across the Sydney metropolitan area in June, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

The UDIA said Sydney's rental vacancy rate is still low, showing the need for more supply to meet strong demand. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said property transactions in NSW will be streamlined if laws are passed that allow electronic signatures. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment said a $9 million State Significant Development proposal for a golf course on 35 hectares near Culburra Beach will be determined by the Independent Planning Commission. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the proposed development of Tallawong Station Precinct by Landcom and Sydney Metro demonstrates how a new diverse community can be planned. [Full Text]

Minister Victor Dominello said 1,000 drivers will be paid to install a telematics device in their vehicles that will be linked to their smartphones, to record and rate driver behaviour. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton said the NSW Government has $61.4 million worth of funds for farmers and landholders who have land that can be turned into a conservation area. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry issued an update on the ACT Government's Public Housing Renewal Program. [Full Text]

Minister Mick Gentleman said the ACT Government has created a new role of Chief Engineer. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Foley said the Victorian Government is investing more than $3.5 million in 24/7 accommodation and crisis support for homeless young people. [Full Text]

Minister Foley announced the recipients of the Victorian Government's Social Housing Investment Planning grants. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan announcec that a consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM has been selected to deliver the $1 billion Rail Infrastructure Alliance works package for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project. [Full Text]

Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy announced a commitment of $225 million for the electrification and duplication of the rail line from Frankston. [Full Text]

Melbourne Airport called for feedback on the '2018 Preliminary Draft Master Plan for Melbourne Airport'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed 'Confronting the Challenge of Growth in South East Queensland' in a speech. [Full Text]

The SA Government called for feedback on 16 draft State Planning Policies. [Full Text]

The SA Planning Commission said it is the most significant modernisation of the planning system in SA in more than 20 years. [Full Text]

The SA Government called for feedback on 'The Planning and Design Code: How will it work?'. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack announced $1 million for a traffic planning study around Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. [Full Text]

Minister Michelle Lensink said 100 Housing SA homes have had solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries installed as part of the Tesla Virtual Power Plant project. [Full Text]

The WA Department of Communities called for expressions of interest from developers and consortiums to provide development management services for a new housing in Ferndale. [Full Text]

The Committee for Perth issued 'Local Economic Competitiveness in Greater Perth'. [Full Text]

The UDIA called for registrations for the event 'Creating a City of Villages', to be held on 17 August in Perth. [Full Text]