Thursday, 16 August 2018

GENERAL

Vienna displaced Melbourne as the most liveable city in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index. [Full Text]

The Property Council said Melbourne ranked second, Sydney fifth and Adelaide tenth, in the survey. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ATO announced a data-matching program to identify taxpayers receiving income from short term rentals. [Full Text]

Core Logic said the combined effect of low rental yields and declining dwelling values has resulted in a reduction in overall returns from housing over the past year. [Full Text]

The HIA said the stalling of rental price inflation in the June quarter indicates that pent-up demand for new housing in Sydney and Melbourne is beginning to be met. [Full Text]

Core Logic said that much of the weakening demand for housing is from the investor segment. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Building Approvals, Australia, Jun 2018 (Additional Information)'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'An Update on the Annual Re-weighting of the Australian CPI and Living Cost Indexes, 2018'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Economic Activity of Foreign Owned Businesses in Australia, 2014-15'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board addressed the Infrastructure Investors' Forum. [Full Text]

Consult Australia discussed issues relating to the built and natural environment industries at a hearing for an inquiry on impediments to business investment. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI released presentations from the recent National Homelessness Conference. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the new members of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Board. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / EMPLOYMENT

The Association of Consulting Architects discussed issues with unpaid internship in the industry. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

An interim report has been tabled from an inquiry on the effect of red tape on occupational licensing. [Full Text]

Minister Craig Laundy said a meeting of Building Ministers agreed on a plan for safety reforms and payment security. [Full Text]

A communique was issued from the meeting. [Full Text]

The Institute of Building Surveyors issued an update to its policy, 'Building Regulatory Reform in Australia'. [Full Text]

DESIGN

Monash University released 'Handbook for the Design of Modular Structures'. [Full Text]

EVENTS / ECONOMICS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Melbourne Institute's Outlook Conference will be held from 11 October, including a session on 'Reliving Cities' Growing Pain'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Matt Kean announced that the NSW short-term holiday letting reforms passed Parliament. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said it is disappointed that the NSW Government did not seize the opportunity to set stronger foundations for a short-term holiday rental market that meets the needs of all. [Full Text]

Minister Kean announced a proposed scheme to allow NSW tradies and small businesses such as architects to work across state borders. [Full Text]

The NSW Building Professionals Board called for feedback on the Building and Development Certifiers Bill. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Pru Goward announced the passage of legislation that allows sanctions against tenants who damage public housing or are convicted of rental fraud. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

The Property Council said Sydney scored best in the Global Liveability Index for infrastructure, healthcare and education. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

JLL said that Sydney's apartment market is slowing sharply. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said the decline in housing supply was an issue the NSW Government must address. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore called for work to begin on Sustainable Sydney 2050. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Urban Development Institute called for registrations for a briefing on the future of housing in Sydney on 20 September. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Minister Mick Gentleman announced that planning changes for Woden precinct in the ACT have been approved. [Full Text]

Minister Gentleman said a planning variation to Weston Group Centre has been approved. [Full Text]

Workshops are being held this week for the ACT Planning Strategy Refresh. [Full Text]

Transcripts are online for public hearings for the ACT inquiry into the methodology for determining rates and land tax for strata residences. [Full Text]

The final public hearing will be held in Canberra today for the inquiry into approval processes for Stage 2 of the ACT's light rail project. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / AWARDS / DESIGN

Winners of the ACT Architecture Awards have been announced by the Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

Chief Minister Michael Gunner issued a response to the report from an inquiry on political donations in the NT. [Full Text]

The NT Government issued an updated Ministry list. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / DESIGN

Minister Dale Wakefield said local sporting groups in Alice Springs support Anzac Hill Precinct as the new home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Richard Wynne announced support for Victorian councils to negotiate with developers to include affordable housing in their developments. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Tim Pallas said that Victorian business conditions are the highest in mainland Australia, following the release of the July NAB Monthly Business Survey. [Full Text]

Victoria continues to lead the country in population growth, which has sustained dwelling demand and supported both prices and rental values, according to JLL. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp said she was delighted that Melbourne has improved its liveability ranking. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said Melbourne's liveability is compromised because housing and infrastructure is lagging population settlement. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released a paper on Victoria's new political donation and electoral process framework. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN

MPavilion, an annual architecture commission and cultural laboratory in Melbourne, has been extended a further two seasons to 2020/21 and 2021/22. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EVENTS / PLANNING

The Festival of Urbanism will host the event 'Melbourne's missing middle: can suburban infill accommodate a growing population?' on September 5. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING / TRANSPORT

The Planning Institute made a submission on 'Draft Transport Plan for Brisbane - Strategic Directions'. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Apartment prices and rents in Adelaide have grown strongly compared to the detached housing market, according to JLL. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

Shelter SA made a submission to the Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / EDUCATION

Premier Steven Marshall said the SA Government will fund a new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

CEDA released the WA results of its Community Pulse survey report, which lists affordable housing as among the issues of greatest importance. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

The WA Department of Communities issued 'Homelessness in Western Australia: A review of the research and statistical evidence. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Urban Development Institute said new land sales in Perth are up 3.8 per cent for June quarter with close to 1500 lots sold in the region. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Peter Gutwein released Tasmania's 2017-18 Budget Preliminary Outcomes Report. [Full Text]

Treasurer Gutwein said Tasmania's business conditions are the most favourable in the nation according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey. [Full Text]