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Youth Development Australia released a report card on youth homelessness. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said policy inaction and social housing cuts are impacting young people. [Full Text]

The report identifies the lack of a coordinated national strategy as an obstacle to achieving goals that were set a decade ago, according to staff from Swinburne and the University of SA. [Full Text]

The Economist Intelligence Unit released 'Worldwide Cost of Living 2019: Which global cities have the highest cost of living?'. [Full Text]

The PM issued 'Planning for Australia's Future Population'. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Population Plan. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the cut to the permanent migration cap by 30,000 to 160,000 is disappointing. [Full Text]

The UDIA urged the Government not to cut migration. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said Australia's population growth can be accommodated in capital cities and regional cities across Australia provided there is funding for infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Business Council said the announcements are a step in the right direction. [Full Text]

The Property Council said Australia's governments should be focused on planning and investing for this growth, not just tweaking migration numbers in search of an easy fix. [Full Text]

Minister Bridget McKenzie announced the development of an Albury Wodonga Regional Deal. [Full Text]

The Department of the Environment and Energy released a fact sheet on improving the energy and emissions performance of buildings. [Full Text]

The Renewable Energy Agency announced funding to establish a hydrogen energy hub at the Altona Toyota site in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation released a submission ahead of the federal budget. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 months ended 30 June 2018'. [Full Text]

An RBA assistant Governor discussed 'Property, Debt and Financial Stability' in a speech to the UDIA. [Full Text]

Professor Richard Barkham said a comparison of global housing markets highlighted that current market conditions did not represent a serious correction. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Dec 2018'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued information on its concepts, sources and methods for that data. [Full Text]

APRA issued its Q4 2018 Authorised Deposit-taking Institution Property Exposures report. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released a paper on Federal Labor's response to the Banking Royal Commission update. [Full Text]

The Property Council launched a five-point policy platform ahead of the federal election. [Full Text]

Geoscience Australia said it has engaged with more than 500 stakeholders on the development of its industry strategy for the Digital Earth Australia program. [Full Text]

The Insurance Council issued 'Which 20 federal electorates are Australia's most flood-prone?' [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Regional Australia Institute's 'Regions Rising National Summit' from 4 April in Canberra. [Full Text]

The NSW Parliamentary Budget Office issued budget impact statements for NSW Labor and Coalition policy platforms. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced regulatory changes aimed at making it easier for apartments in NSW to install solar energy, battery systems and electric vehicle charging points. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council welcomed the commitment but said it doesn't address the scale of the challenge to transform the economy to clean energy and slash climate pollution. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney launched 'Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge'. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Michael Daley proposed a compact with local councils in NSW, including provisions on de-amalgamation of councils, planned precincts and spot rezoning. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the lead up to the NSW election has focused on over-development rhetoric, yet younger millennials want a more urban lifestyle. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said that what unites the local government sector is that Planning Panels should be voluntary not mandatory. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said state government must lead the policies on planning for growth so that infrastructure provision relates to where growth will occur. [Full Text]

The Tenants' Union released 'A tenant's guide to the NSW election'. [Full Text]

The Tenants' Union and Marrickville Legal Centre released a report on tenants' experience of 'no grounds' evictions. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that Sydney's Northwest Metro rail line will be finished on time and $1 billion under budget. [Full Text]

The NSW Liberals & Nationals issued a response to the Property Council's pre-election platform. [Full Text]

NSW Labor also responded to the platform. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Community Housing Association's Good Growth Housing Conference on 15 April in Sydney. [Full Text]

The NT Government announced $5.5 million to upgrade 60 homes in central communities. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced regulatory changes to sunset clauses for 'off-the-plan' property purchases. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas released the 2018-19 Mid-Year Financial Report for Victoria. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Louise Staley said Victoria's surplus has dropped from $950 million to $365 million compared to the same time last year. [Full Text]

The Victorian Parliamentary Budget Office published projections of toll revenue for Melbourne's West Gate Tunnel and CityLink. [Full Text]

The report estimates that tolls will cost motorists an extra $37 billion, according to Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien. [Full Text]

The Victorian Council of Social Service outlined four ways the Victorian Government could assist people living in rural and regional areas in the next State Budget. [Full Text]

A statement of intent has been signed for the South-East Queensland City Deal. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced the winners of the Minister's Award for Urban Design. [Full Text]

The PM announced that a $551 million Adelaide City Deal has been signed. [Full Text]

SA Planning called for feedback on the first five Ministerial Building Standards under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act. [Full Text]

Premier Will Hodgman delivered a State of the State address for Tasmania. [Full Text]

Premier Hodgman tabled the Tasmanian Government's work plan for the next 12 months. [Full Text]