Thursday, 14 June 2018

ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'Lending Finance, Australia, April 2018'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, April 2018'. [Full Text]

The HIA said the value of housing loans to investors has hit its lowest level since the start of 2016. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the data shows that as a share of total dwelling commitments, first home buyers increased slightly to a share of 17.6 per cent. [Full Text]

The HIA said the cost of borrowing is rising and it is constraining investment in housing, in its Construction Brief. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said its March quarter Real Estate Market Facts saw the weighted average median prices fall by 0.1 per cent at $770,086 for houses and 0.2 per cent at $593,183. [Full Text]

Core Logic said RBA credit data shows that the expansion of housing credit continues to slow with both owner occupier and investor credit growth tracking lower in April. [Full Text]

The UDIA called on the Federal Government to drive infrastructure reform, which will lead to economic growth. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / SUSTAINABILITY

The University of Melbourne discussed research that demonstrates people are paying a premium for more energy efficient homes, based on ACT data. [Full Text]

PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The HIA said 12 of Australia's top 20 building growth areas all located around Victoria's capital in its Population & Residential Building Hotspots Report. [Full Text]

PLANNING

Staff from WSU discussed the problems and possibilities cities face in moving people and things around central business districts. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INDUSTRY

The Property Council called on the Federal Government for policies to achieve net zero in the built environment by 2050. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT

The Tourism & Transport Forum, and L.E.K. Consulting released 'Public Transport Barometer'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Budget commits $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years to support new and existing initiatives. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk said there is just over $61 million of new funding across four years and no permanent housing funded. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The NSW Emergency Services Levy Insurance Monitor said its analysis of home insurance premium prices has found some insurers quoting more than double the prices of others for home insurance premiums on identical properties. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

AECOM released a 'Manifesto for Sydney at 8 Million people' which outlines 10 key trends impacting Sydney and 10 "Big Moves" to help Sydney flourish. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Six areas of the Hunter region qualify as housing Hotspots based on strong performance in terms of building approvals and population growth, said the HIA. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Premier Berejiklian announced $880 million in technology improvements to modernise the Sydney Trains network. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance said from 2 July, Opal fares will increase by 2.2 per cent to mirror CPI instead of IPART's recommended annual increase of 4.2 per cent. [Full Text]

The Greens called on the NSW Government to shift focus to public transport, and immediately increase capacity and upgrade the South Coast Rail Line and build the Thirroul tunnel. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said Sydney is one of the most congested cities in the world, ranking within the top 30 and experiencing more congestion than cities with similar or larger populations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced a $20 million NSW Cross-Border Commissioner's Infrastructure Fund to make it easier to fund and build vital infrastructure for communities on the state's borders. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Nicole Manison opened the NT Estimates hearings. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Luke Donnellan announced work on the first of 22 key road upgrades under the State Government's $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade has started. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said 90 per cent of Federal infrastructure funding allocated to Victoria in the Federal Budget won't flow until 2022-23. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said Melbourne is one of the most congested cities in the world, ranking within the top 60 in the global congestion rankings. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Ministers Michael McCormack and Jacinta Allan said work has progressed on a four-year program to upgrade every regional rail line in Victoria. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT said research on liveability of Victorian regional cities has identified liveability in these areas requires fast, reliable and frequent rail connections to capital cities. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Government asked for ideas about the future of Caulfield Station Precinct. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY

UDIA Victoria released its '2018-2019 Advocacy Agenda' which focuses on housing, planning and economics. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Jackie Trad delivered the Queensland Budget. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an Occasional Paper on the Queensland Budget. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the budget reaffirms Queensland has a structural fiscal problem which is not going away until meaningful reform, including asset leasing, is tackled. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute welcomed news that the First Home Owners Grant will be extended 12 months but was disappointed that it would be reduced to $15,000 and would not include established homes. [Full Text]

New home buyers will be worse off from under the Queensland budget, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Q Shelter said that social and affordable housing should be part of the record Budget increase in infrastructure spending. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Mark Bailey said the Transport and Roads Investment Program delivers $21.7 billion of investment over the next four years in road and transport infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said congestion levels in Brisbane are increasing at a lower rate than any other capital city despite strong population growth. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the Queensland Government's budget reverses a decline in infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

The Tourism & Transport Forum said the State Government is directly addressing growing costs of congestion by investing in infrastructure projects designed to future-proof the State's transport network. [Full Text]

Ai Group said the higher level of capital spending will not be enough to address the State's infrastructure needs. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Cameron Dick said the $40 million Growth Area and Regional Infrastructure Investment Fund would go towards infrastructure that improved liveability for Queenslanders in outer urban and regional areas. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / INDUSTRY

Deputy Premier Trad announced the Cross River Rail Project would generate 450 new apprenticeships and traineeships during the construction life of the $5.4 billion project. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Mick de Brenni announced the next phase of implementation of the Queensland Government's Building Industry Fairness legislation. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute listed the 10 Perth suburbs where rentals go the fastest. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

Growing unemployment in Perth has seen a decline in people using public transport, according to the Tourism & Transport Forum. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the Tasmanian Budget introduces a 50 per cent stamp duty discount for seniors downsizing and a 50 per cent stamp duty holiday for first home buyers for homes up to $400,000. [Full Text]

Minister Roger Jaensch announced the Housing Land Supply Bill 2018 to provide a more direct and efficient process for rezoning parcels of Crown land for housing. [Full Text]

Minister Guy Barnett said Tasmania is one of only three jurisdictions to see a rise in numbers of housing finance commitments compared to the same time last year, according to ABS figures. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced the Tasmanian Government will invest a further $1.1 billion in road and rail upgrades. [Full Text]