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The Planning Institute said Australia urgently needs a National Planning Framework. [Full Text]

Prosper Australia released speaking notes and video from the recent launch of its report, 'Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued a Financial Stability Review, including sections on lending policy, vulnerable households and financial stress. [Full Text]

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

Master Builders said First Home Buyer participation in Australia's mortgage market is now at its healthiest since 2012. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said we should expect the market to continue to cool. [Full Text]

Property industry sentiment across Australia has fallen for the second consecutive quarter, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen committed to establish an independant COAG Economic Reform Council. [Full Text]

The Property Council called for its first focus to be on housing affordability. [Full Text]

The PM announced that the Federal Government will bring forward tax cuts to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million. [Full Text]

The PM discussed the balance between economic growth and social equity in Australia, in an address to the Melbourne Institute's Outlook Conference. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addressed the Outlook Conference. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Bowen focused on two elements of Labor's growth plan - human capital and the Federation, in his address to the Conference. [Full Text]

Treasury released 'Australia's experience with economic reform'. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute issued 'Ageing and work in Regional Australia: Pathways for accelerating economic growth'. [Full Text]

SGS released 'Australia's metropolitan governance challenge'. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack released the principles to identify priority road corridors for the Government's Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. [Full Text]

ACOSS and the Brotherhood of St Laurence issued 'Energy Stressed in Australia'. [Full Text]

The Community housing industry Association made a submission on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties) Bill. [Full Text]

NSW Environment and Heritage issued the annual report for the NABERS national sustainability certification program. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute called for industry input into its submission to the 'Accessible Housing Options Paper'. [Full Text]

Plan International and Monash University released a research report on girls' safety across five international cities including Sydney. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment announced that the rezoning of Arncliffe and Banksia Precincts has been finalised, putting the Bayside West 2036 Plan into action. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Business Chamber released a paper outlining a proposal for a new cultural and creative industries hub at the Parramatta North Heritage Precinct. [Full Text]

Minister Stuart Ayres announced the winner of the design competition for the future Sydney Football Stadium. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General issued 'Procurement Processes and Management of Probity by the Moorebank Intermodal Company'. [Full Text]

Property industry confidence in NSW has dropped to the lowest in the nation, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Minister Pru Goward said the NSW Government will expand its Homelessness Outreach Support Team. [Full Text]

The NSW Council of Social Service released its election platform. [Full Text]

The ACT Planning Authority approved an amended development application for the WOVA development in Phillip. [Full Text]

Minister Chris Steel released the final sketch plan for upgrades to public areas at Kambah Village in the ACT. [Full Text]

Minister Meegan Fitzharris invited local Canberra organisations to take part in the ACT Healthy and Active Living Strategy. [Full Text]

According to the ANZ/Property Council Survey, the ACT recorded a slight downward shift in sentiment, down two index points in the 12 months to December 2018 to 134 points. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz published an overview of the NT's new draft environment protection law. [Full Text]

An alliance of housing and homelessness bodies and charities called on the Victorian Government to build 3,000 public and community housing properties each year for the next decade. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Foley said seven organisations will share in $17 million from the Victorian Government to establish outreach and supportive housing teams, and 20 homes. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese committed $300m to Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop project. [Full Text]

Deloitte identified four aspects that can help Victoria reposition where and how to grow. [Full Text]

Responses to the Fishermans Bend planning frameworks were outlined in an article. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio released a land use framework for Anglesea on the Victorian coast. [Full Text]

Minister D'Ambrosio launched the Great Ocean Road Action Plan. [Full Text]

Minister D'Ambrosio revealed designs for infrastructure projects as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said ABS figures show annual growth for the value of building work completed in Victoria was 11.7 per cent - above the national average growth of 4.4 per cent. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute issued 'Residential Development Index for Victoria'. [Full Text]

Minister Jaala Pulford said the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will be required to use 90 per cent local content under the Victorian Government's Local Jobs First policy. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government called for feedback on draft guidelines for the assessment and development of large-scale solar energy facilities. [Full Text]

The Victorian property industry's confidence levels have slowed, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne declared that the Victorian Building Authority is to carry out the functions of a municipal building surveyor. [Full Text]

The Municipal Association of Victoria published the first edition of its state election newsletters. [Full Text]

The 'Townsville 2020' masterplan was released by the City of Townsville. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute made a submission to Brisbane City Council's 'Blueprint: Protect the Brisbane backyard and our unique character' policy guidelines. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute made a submission on Brisbane City Council's planning scheme amendments to create additional housing for the ageing population. [Full Text]

Confidence in Queensland's property industry fell from 140 index points in September to 128 this quarter, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The Property Council said there are four reasons why SA delivered the nation's highest level of property sector confidence for the second consecutive quarter. [Full Text]

Business confidence in the WA property sector remains stable, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The WA Planning Commission issued its annual report. [Full Text]

Premier Will Hodgman opened stage one of Devonport's Living City, part of the Tasmanian Government's Northern Cities Development Initiative. [Full Text]

Minister Guy Barnett said ABS figures confirm that the nation-leading growth in the number of dwellings being built in Tasmania is continuing. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said total dwelling commencements in Tasmania increased by 29.4 per cent in 2017/18, the strongest rise among all the states and territories. [Full Text]