New report debunks negative gearing and CGT ...

30 Jun 15 - Property Week
Around a third of all new home dwelling construction is financed by investors, according to a new report commissioned by the Property Council of Australia and Real Estate Institute of Australia.

Taking politics out of infrastructure

30 Jun 15 - Property Week
A new independent body, established to guide Victoria’s infrastructure and planning priorities and oversee growth over the next 30 years, has been welcomed by the property industry.

Record-breaking building approvals to aid housing affordability

Record-breaking building approvals to aid housing affordability

Building approvals continue their unbroken upward trajectory, hitting new records over the past 12 months, according to the latest data released 1 July from the ABS.



Putting the car space into play

Friday, 03 Jul 15
When a car space can add an extra $30,000 to the cost of an apartment, not everyone puts secure parking on top of their house-hunting wish list.

People Watch

Ruth Palmer
04 Jun 2015
Ruth Palmer is the Director of the Northern Territory Division of the Property Council of Australia.

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  • Tax Reform

    Tax Reform

    29 Jun 15 - NT Division
    Tax reform has been a hot topic over the last several weeks across Australia. The Federal Government is in the process of reviewing commonwealth tax legislation.

  • More construction and jobs, but confidence falls

    23 Apr 15 - QLD Division
    Despite a decline in confidence from the property industry in Queensland, there are a series of underlying positives; according to a new survey of Australia’s property industry.

  • SA property confidence drops again

    23 Apr 15 - SA Division
    Confidence levels in South Australia’s property sector have dipped for the second consecutive quarter, according to a leading indicator of business sentiment.

  • OUT NOW! 2015 VIC/TAS Shopping Centre Directory

    24 Jun 15 - TAS Division
    The Property Council's Shopping Centre Directories provide a comprehensive listing of shopping centres within each state.

  • International Investor Tax Update

    25 Jun 15 - VIC Division
    Bipartisan amendments to the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2015 have been secured enabling the State Government’s new international investor taxes to now pass Parliament.

  • Unsolicited Bids Process To Be Introduced

    02 Jul 15 - WA Division
    The WA Government has revealed that a new framework for private unsolicited bids to purchase government-owned land assets will be introduced later in the year.

  • Report card sounds warning on housing affordability

    04 Jun 15 - Residential Development Council
    Poor planning is holding up new housing and adding to costs for home buyers, finds the most comprehensive national assessment of Australia’s planning framework ever undertaken.

Retirement Living

Next step in reform needed to remove penalty ...

07 May 15
Changes announced by the Federal Government today to better target the age pension and ensure it remains on a sustainable footing are welcome, according to the Property Council of Australia, but further reform is needed to ensure downsizing remains a viable option.

Gold standard accreditation for Stockland retirement villages

Gold standard accreditation for Stockland retirement villages

16 Jun 15 - Property Week
Stockland has achieved national Lifemark accreditation for its 49 retirement living villages around Australia, demonstrating a portfolio-wide approach to best practice in retirement village management.


Australand secures nation's largest portfolio ...

16 Jun 15
Australand now has 1.3 million sqm of Green Star-certified space, after securing the nation’s first Green Star – Performance portfolio rating for 54 commercial and industrial properties.

CEFC invests $125m in sustainable property trust

CEFC invests $125m in sustainable property trust

23 Jun 15 - Property Week
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is committing up to $125 million in a $400 million trust which will invest in energy upgrades of ageing office stock.


Education drives CBD office markets

02 Jun 15
Unprecedented growth in international student numbers and the attendant booming apartment market is creating demand for secondary office space by education providers in Sydney and Melbourne, says Savills.

K1 office tower in Fortitude Valley sells for $130m

K1 office tower in Fortitude Valley sells for $130m

16 Jun 15 - Property Week
Impact Investment Group has purchased the K1 office tower, Lend Lease’s first commercial building in Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds redevelopment in the Fortitude Valley, for $130 million.


Savills: What 'bubble' trouble?

23 Jun 15
Enduring economic trends are behind recent housing price increases, and referring to the situation as a ‘bubble’ ignores the drivers to the detriment of solutions, according to one property researcher.

Supply gap in student accommodation

Supply gap in student accommodation

30 Jun 15 - Property Week
While Australia is the fifth most popular study destination for international students, we are failing to provide enough high quality accommodation to meet demand, finds a new report by JLL.


A strong future for retail property

23 Jun 15
The Australian retail sector has faced economic downturns, new retail competitors and the rise of online shopping, but technological advancements and changing consumer preferences are creating opportunities, says TH Real Estate’s Stephen Philp.

Aussie supermarkets far from saturation

Aussie supermarkets far from saturation

30 Jun 15 - Property Week
Australia’s supermarket landscape is set to evolve to accommodate the entry and aggressive expansion of offshore discount grocery retailers, a new CBRE Viewpoint report has revealed.

Infrastructure & Planning

Density to deliver more sustainable suburbs in ...

23 Jun 15
A group of industry bodies, including the Property Council, call for more infill development and greater housing density to reduce congestion, increase housing affordability, improve liveability and protect Perth’s natural capital.

Built environment key to good health

Built environment key to good health

23 Jun 15 - Property Week
The Heart Foundation has identified reform of the built environment as fundamental to promoting increased levels of physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour among Australians.

Capital Markets

CBRE acquires new Johnson Controls business

07 Apr 15
CBRE Group, Inc. announced last week an agreement to acquire the Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business of Johnson Controls, Inc. in the United States for US$1.475 billion (AU$1.944 billion).

Asia-Pacific unlisted funds outperforms US, Europe

Asia-Pacific unlisted funds outperforms US, Europe

21 Apr 15 - Property Week
Returns from Asia-Pacific unlisted funds have accelerated past their competitors in Europe and the US, according to research from GREFI.


Northern Australia policy will encourage growth

23 Jun 15
The Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia features practical and innovative policies with the potential to dramatically boost investment in the top end.

Council mergers good for growth

Council mergers good for growth

30 Jun 15 - Property Week
New polling from the Property Council has found widespread and consistent support for council mergers, with more than three quarters of the Tasmanian community supporting a government review.

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  • January 2015 Office Market Report
    Total Vacancy by Capital City
    Sydney CBD 7.4% icon arrow green down
    Melbourne CBD 9.1%
    Canberra 15.4%
    Brisbane CBD 15.6%
    Perth CBD 14.8%
    Adelaide CBD 13.5% icon arrow green down

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  • Q3 2014 Investment Performance Index
    Total Annual Returns by Sector
    All Property  9.9% green arrow up
    Retail  10.0% green arrow up
    Office  9.3% green arrow up
    Industrial  11.4%
    MSCI AU Real Estate Equities Gross in Local Currency  14.3% green arrow up
    MSCI Australia Equities Index Gross in Local Currency  6.3%
    CBA Bond: All Series, All Maturities  7.9% green arrow up
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  • May 2014 Construction Activity Forecasts
    Annual Growth Rates by Sector
    Residential (3 Year) 4.3%
    Residential (6 Year) 2.3%
    Residential (9 Year) 2.2%     
    Non-Residential (3 Year) 0.4%
    Non-Residential (6 Year) 0.6%
    Non-Residential (9 Year) 1.1%
    Engineering (3 Year) -5.4%
    Engineering (6 Year) -3.8%
    Engineering (9 Year) -1.8%
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