Built environment

Policy report

22 Sep 2017

This has been a major project of the AIBS Board over the past five months and represents a significant achievement in enabling AIBS to lead and influence public debate around building regulatory reform throughout Australia.

While the assumption might be that this policy is in response to...

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Draft report

22 Sep 2017

The Leeuwin-Naturaliste sub-region is renowned for its unique lifestyle, landscape, environmental values and amenity. These attributes are linked with a stable and diverse economic base and proximity to Bunbury and Perth, making the sub-region a key tourist destination and attractive place in...

Research report

21 Sep 2017

Australia has many potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage (PHES). In our initial survey, we have found about 22,000 sites – the State and Territory breakdown is shown in the table below. Each site has an energy storage potential between 1 and 200 Gigawatt hours (GWh).

The sites...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

Promoting economic growth is a ubiquitous concern and a priority for all levels of government in Australia and abroad. Despite a steady stream of reforms, inquiries and initiatives intended to help clarify and improve the effectiveness of the role of government in economic development; this...

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Research report

21 Sep 2017

This report presents the outcomes of a pilot study exploring how the building and planning system is delivering a sustainable built environment in Australia. The study was funded by the Australian Communities Foundation through the Green Cities Innovation fund and undertaken by a team of...

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Report

19 Sep 2017

A community energy project is a renewable energy or energy efficiency project that a community develops, delivers and benefits from. Examples include a cooperative that raises funds to construct a small wind farm, or a community group that organises a bulk buy of solar panels for installation on...

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Video program

19 Sep 2017

With support from Sustainability Victoria, the Coalition for Community Energy has updated the Small-Scale Community Solar Guide.

Originally published in 2014 as Appendix E of the National Community Energy Strategy, this guide provides practical guidance for communities wanting to develop...

Blog post

18 Sep 2017

Healthy planning is about supporting the wellbeing of all people, no matter where they live, their age, physical and mental abilities, and irrespective of their socio-economic status.  In this ‘urban’ century, when more of us than ever live in cites, there is a danger that we will neglect those...

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Report

14 Sep 2017

Structure of this report

This report comprises 6 chapters, including this introductory chapter:

  • Chapter 2 presents background information on toll roads in Australia and in other countries.
  • Chapter 3 examines the financial arrangements for existing
  • ...
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Draft report

13 Sep 2017

The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to State Planning Policy 5.4 Road and Rail Noise and associated guidelines.

A key objective of SPP 5.4 is to minimise the impact of road and rail noise on noise-sensitive land uses; and protect...

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Report

13 Sep 2017

The Independent Evaluation of the Roads for Development (R4D) Program Final Report concluded that Australia should continue supporting Vanuatu’s rural road sub-sector.  In particular, in designing a possible next round of rural sub‑sector support, Australia should continue to focus on two key...

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Report

11 Sep 2017

The Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources focus throughout this inquiry was on the social aspects of driverless vehicles in Australia. While technological developments and questions and regulatory approaches were considered within that context, the committee’s...

Report

11 Sep 2017

This final report presents the recommendations of the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre (Centre) formulated after consideration of submissions received in response to the Queensland Government Property Law Review Issues Paper – Seller Disclosure in Queensland (...

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Guide

08 Sep 2017

State significant resource projects (that is, State significant mining, petroleum production and extractive industry projects) can create both positive and negative social impacts. This guideline provides direction on assessing these impacts in the context of the environmental impact assessment...

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Other video

06 Sep 2017

Evan Siddall, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CEO, delivers his message for the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney, Australia at the International Conference Centre on 29 November - 1 December 2017.

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Report

06 Sep 2017

The Senate Economics References Committee notes that the Building Minister's Forum (BMF) has now released the Assessment of the Effectiveness of Compliance and Enforcement Systems for the Building and Construction Industry across Australia review's terms of reference and its timeline. The...

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Briefing paper

06 Sep 2017

UK energy policy is at crossroads. The combination of ambitious carbon targets, aging energy infrastructure and rising fuel poverty warrant bold political decisions to ensure a successful and fair transition to a low-carbon economy. Energy efficiency in homes can play a key role in delivering...

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Audio program

05 Sep 2017

As the proportion of renters continues to rise around the country, there's growing acceptance that for many, the great Australian dream of owning a home will be out of reach.

Last week, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia called...

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Other video

05 Sep 2017

This video shows people that it’s possible to cut Australian cities’ greenhouse gas emission by 80% by 2040, and helps people imagine what a low carbon future city might be like to live in.

The film debuts at the Sustainable Communities National Summit, being hosted by the Municipal...

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Guide

05 Sep 2017

This set of resources outlines what you need to know to get a small-scale community solar project off the ground. Specifically, this Guide aims to help community energy groups to understand:

x The models of community solar that we know work in the current context

x The legal...

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