Monday, 11 February 2019

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AHURI released 'A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure'. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Tasmania, UNSW and RMIT discussed whether affordable housing should be considered essential infrastructure. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Knight Frank released a report on current and future solutions to housing affordability issues worldwide. [Full Text]

RiskWise said the decline in housing prices may not stop or decelerate significantly until the second half of 2020. [Full Text]

RiskWise compiled a list identifying the top 10 areas it considers to be the riskiest options for investors. [Full Text]

The UDIA released a residential market update. [Full Text]

The Ai Group and Housing Industry Association said the Performance of Construction Index remained in negative territory in January. [Full Text]

Adjunct Professor David Chandler from UWS analysed reasons for underperformance in the construction industry and what can be done about it. [Full Text]

The Property Council said growing demand for office space is driving down vacancy rates in CBDs across Australia, with Melbourne and Sydney at decade-lows. [Full Text]

The Property Councils compared the Report's results for Sydney and Melbourne. [Full Text]

FINANCE / REGULATION

Shelter WA and The Financial Counsellors' Association of WA welcomed a push for tighter affordability checks for home loan approvals, following the report from the Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services. [Full Text]

The UDIA released a summary of the impact of the Commission's findings on the development sector. [Full Text]

The Property Investment Professionals discussed the impact of the Royal Commission into Banking and Financial Services' report on mortgage brokers. [Full Text]

RETAIL

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors discussed the merits of supermarket-led housing developments. [Full Text]

AGED CARE

The PM announced $320 million in residential aged care subsidy funding. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Fifth Estate examined progress on the 202020 Vision which aims to achieve 20 per cent canopy cover in Australia's urban areas by 2020. [Full Text]

POPULATION

Minister Alan Tudge issued a statement following the first meeting of the Treasurers' Forum on Population. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Shadow Minister Kim Carr said Minister Karen Andrews must act decisively on building fire safety. [Full Text]

Matthew Bell from Melbourne University discussed residents' role in apartment building safety. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said skills shortages are emerging in the rail and aviation sectors. [Full Text]

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors analysed whether free public transport is a good idea, based on case studies. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / REGULATION

The Productivity Commission released a draft report on the economic regulation of airports. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia welcomed the report's findings. [Full Text]

The Airports Association said that while an analysis of the report is underway, its draft findings and recommendations highlight the benefits the current regulatory approach has delivered. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia welcomed the Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles' recent recommendation to introduce an EV road user charging policy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

A proposal for the final tower in a set of three for Barangaroo South in Sydney has been submitted for planning approval. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce criticised NSW Labor's policy to direct the Greater Sydney Commission to review plans for Sydney's future housing growth. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / INDIGENOUS

Minister Anthony Roberts announced planning measures to help the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council better utilise its land. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said the Darkinjung Delivery Framework aligns the NSW planning system more sympathetically with the state's Aboriginal Land Rights Act. [Full Text]

NSW Planning issued a circular: 'Independent review of planning proposals for identified Aboriginal land'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Tamara Smith MP called for a moratorium on low rise medium density properties in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / NOT FOR PROFIT / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

An alliance of 18 community organisations launched a campaign calling for increased investment in the community sector in the lead up to the NSW election. [Full Text]

Uniting launched a policy paper ahead of the NSW State Election. [Full Text]

NSW Labor's affordable housing policy is online, including a 15 per cent affordable housing mandate on privately developed land. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW released its submission into the proposed Waterloo Metro Quarter State Significant Precinct and Concept State Significant Development Application. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Niall Blair said that despite some storms and an easing of the drought on the east coast, 99.8 per cent of NSW remains in drought. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a policy to establish a no-interest loan scheme for households to purchase solar-battery and battery systems. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Michael Daley announced a policy to establish a $2,200 household solar rebate scheme. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet called on the Commonwealth to give NSW taxpayers a fairer deal on federal infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Minister Andrew Constance said 4,000 new commuter car parking spaces have been completed along the Northwest Metro rail line. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The NSW Government announced a new Small and Medium Enterprise and Regional Procurement Policy. [Full Text]

Minister Matt Kean announced that the NSW Government will support the majority of recommendations of the Shergold Weir Report report into building regulation, including the appointment of a Building Commissioner. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said Canberra's office vacancy rate decreased to 11 per cent over the six months to January. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced the fast-tracking of five projects for the NT, including Stage 2 of the Kilgariff housing development. [Full Text]

The Property Council called on the NT Government to consider eight recommendations that it believes will improve the CBD. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / FINANCE

Chief Minister Gunner announced a new home ownership package for those building or buying a new home in the NT. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

Chief Minister Gunner released a statement on the Status of the Opposition. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Alan Tudge announced $140m for road upgrades north and south of Melbourne. [Full Text]

Minister Tudge announced $121m for road upgrades east and south-east of Melbourne. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed the announcement but said it follows nearly two parliamentary terms of neglect of Victoria's infrastructure needs. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / GEOSPATIAL AND DIGITAL ENGINEERING

The Victorian Government released a digital asset strategy that mandates digital engineering and building information modelling across the entire lifecycle for all infrastructure assets. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Government called for feedback on policy relating to land use buffers and separation distances. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Institute of Architects called for a heightened focus on reform following an apartment building fire in Melbourne CBD. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne called for a nation-wide ban on combustible cladding. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

Infrastructure Victoria called for feedback in relation to transport network pricing. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shadow Minister Tim Smith said the number of Victorians on the priority access public housing waiting list has increased by 20 per cent in the past year and 111 per cent in the last three years. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association made a submission to the Victorian Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said action is needed to address office supply in Melbourne CBD with the vacancy rate reaching a 10-year low. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council said office vacancy rates in the Brisbane CBD decreased for the second consecutive period. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Real Estate Institute released data on SA's median house prices for December. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Adelaide CBD office vacancy rate dropped from 14.7 to 14.2 per cent in the six months to January. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Shelter WA said a new City of Nedlands Planning Scheme will enable higher residential density around transport corridors and activity centres, whilst restricting density on suburban streets. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / TOURISM

Shelter WA made a submission to a WA Committee inquiry into short-stay accommodation. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said Perth's CBD office vacancy rate dropped to 18.5 per cent in the six months to January. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Peter Gutwein called for community feedback on a review of Tasmania's Local Government Act. [Full Text]