Thursday, 6 December 2018

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

CHOICE, National Shelter, and The National Association of Tenant Organisations released 'Disrupted: The consumer experience of renting in Australia'. [Full Text]

National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski said we need a coordinated approach to rental standards. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ICT

AHURI released 'The potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy'. [Full Text]

FINANCE

The Property Institute issued a paper on valuations for mortgage and loan security. [Full Text]

The Property Institute also issued a paper on valuation procedures for real property. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Real Estate Institute said that rental affordability improved in all states and territories except Victoria and Tasmania during the September quarter. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said national dwelling values slipped by 0.7 per cent in November, led by Sydney where the drop was double the national average. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said while APRA's restrictions were designed to curb high risk lending practices, ordinary home buyers are now also experiencing delays and constraints in accessing finance. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank Board said conditions in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets have continued to ease and nationwide measures of rent inflation remain low. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Oct 2018'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

SGS issued 'Economic Performance of Australia's Cities and Regions'. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the report has positioned Sydney behind Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide for economic growth over the last financial year. [Full Text]

The Property Council commented on changing attributes of the NSW and Queensland economies. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Sep 2018'. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese outlined problems and solutions to population challenges and pressure on infrastructure. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said Federal Parliament has voted in favour of creating a High Speed Rail Authority. [Full Text]

Jennifer Kent from the University of Sydney said autonomous vehicles will strengthen, rather than replace, the status quo of car ownership and use. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING

The Council on the Ageing issued 'State of the (Older) Nation', including a section on housing. [Full Text]

Sophia Maalsen from the University of Sydney discussed why more older Australians are living in share houses. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The report has been tabled from an Inquiry into Non-conforming Building Products. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that work will start on a fast rail network in the next term of government, to link regional centres within 300 kilometres of Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister John Barilaro said we need to do the work to gauge what is possible and when. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin outlined the core components of the proposed Fast Rail Network Strategy. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney said this has the potential to take pressure off a rapidly growing Sydney, while also boosting jobs and opportunities in regional areas. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said a network of fast train routes out of Sydney would lead to growth in regional cities. [Full Text]

The NSW Business Chamber said that investing in rail will have the added benefit of reducing the demands on existing and future road infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Illawarra Business Chamber said the announcement was a welcome step towards addressing the region's transport connectivity issues. [Full Text]

Roads Australia said fast rail would relieve congestion, not just on the major road corridors into Sydney but within the Sydney road network itself. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is concerned that the proposal is only for a business case, with a commitment of $4.6 million from the Snowy Hydro Fund. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said fast rail can facilitate decentralisation and revitalise regional centres, ease road congestion, and reduce carbon and other polluting emissions. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance said the NSW Government's B-Line bus service has carried more people in its first year of operation than the population of Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Stuart Ayres announced that Western Sydney Stadium will be known as 'Bankwest Stadium'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / REGULATION

Minister Pru Goward announced new measures under the NSW Government's antisocial behaviour policy for disruptive and unruly social housing tenants. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk said a Financial Audit by the Auditor-General shows the NSW Government is presiding over 2,000 plus vacant properties and a 40 per cent hike in maintenance costs. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The Planning Institute applauded Minister Anthony Roberts' announcement to expand the NSW Affordable Housing State Environmental Planning Policy to all NSW Councils that choose to apply. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the decision by Ryde Council to reject a planning proposal due to community concerns demonstrates a flaw in the NSW Planning system. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said ABS housing approval data for the year to October indicates a continuing fall in apartment approvals in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Government has announced the outcome of a competitive tender process to deliver the new Waterloo Metro Quarter. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Don Harwin launched the NSW Government's Renewable Energy Action Plan. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / REGULATION

The NSW ICAC issued 'Corruption and integrity in the NSW public sector: an assessment of current trends and events'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS

Registrations are open for the Property Council's first annual Future Cities Summit in Sydney on 24 May. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

The winners of the NSW Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards were announced. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT

Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the NSW Coalition's announcement to improve rail travel times between Sydney and Canberra. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / PLANNING

Minister Eva Lawler issued an update on the $45 million construction of Garramilla Boulevard in the Darwin CBD. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp announced a $232 million proposal to create a public commons precinct between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

The Queensland Government announced the Investment Facilitation and Partnerships Group, to replace the Market Led Proposals Program as a mechanism to consider major investment proposals. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on Victorian Labor's pre-election policy announcements. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / REGULATION

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Office of the Independent Assessor is now the new body to receive, assess, investigate and prosecute complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / DESIGN

Minister Rita Saffioti called for expressions of interest for WA's new State Design Review Panel. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the establishment of the panel represents a significant step forward towards the certainty that industry has been calling for. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / DESIGN

Premier Mark McGowan said a concept plan has been chosen for the WA Government's major METRONET upgrade of Bayswater Station, the first stage of the Morley-Ellenbrook Line. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY

The WA Government announced payment protection reforms for WA Government works projects. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY / ENVIRONMENT

The WA Government announced it will develop a new climate change policy. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Tasmanian Government released a progress report on its affordable housing strategy. [Full Text]

Shelter Tas and the Tenants' Union commented on the Tasmanian findings in the 'Disrupted' renting report. [Full Text]