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Yesterday - Property Week
New director for Property Council in the Northern Territory; Architecture firm Architectus appoints Matthew Smith and Shaun Schroter to its Melbourne studio; and Lim Swe Guan is appointed as a non-executive director at The GPT Group.

Abolishing negative gearing would be a blow to ...

Yesterday - Fiona Benson
Average Australian families would be the real victims of any move to target negative gearing in the debate about tax reform, according to new analysis of Australian Tax Office statistics.

Abolition of harmful taxes a key test of tax reform

Abolition of harmful taxes a key test of tax reform

Implementing meaningful tax reform hinges on the preparedness of Government to abolish Australia’s most inefficient taxes and fundamentally redraw the tax base to grow the economy.



Backing economic reforms

Tuesday, 31 Mar 15
So it seems voters can still back big economic reform after all.

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Chris Mountford
20 Nov 2014
Chris Mountford is the Executive Director of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia.

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Unlocking home equity solution to ageing ...

06 Mar 15
Unlocking home equity for seniors may not be the sexiest proposal around but it is one of the smartest and will help save the Budget from a full-scale blow out, according to new research released by the Property Council of Australia.

Australia’s first retirement living census on the way

Australia’s first retirement living census on the way

23 Mar 15 - Property Week
The Property Council of Australia and leading professional services firm PwC are building on their 2014 partnership to deliver Australia’s first ever Retirement Census in 2015.


Perth master-planned project awarded 6 stars

23 Mar 15
Alkimos Beach, in Perth’s northern coastal suburbs, has been awarded Australia’s first 6 Star – Communities rating for a residential master-planned project by the Green Building Council of Australia.

GBCA partners with GRESB

GBCA partners with GRESB

23 Mar 15 - Property Week
The Green Building Council of Australia has formed a partnership with GRESB to advance reporting on environmental, social and economic performance in Australia’s real estate sector.


Sydney moves up in office space cost ranking

16 Mar 15
Sydney’s CBD is again among the 10 most expensive locations worldwide for office real estate, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s annual ‘Office Space Across the World’ global ranking.

Office vacancy forecasts – a tale of two markets

Office vacancy forecasts – a tale of two markets

23 Mar 15 - Property Week
Uneven and diverging office vacancy rates around the country, highlighted in the January 2015 Office Market Report, look set to continue according to the latest Consensus Forecasts from the Property Council.


Super and first homebuyers causes a stir

16 Mar 15
An unexpected debate has erupted over whether to allow young people to access their superannuation savings to pay the deposit on their first home.

AVJennings launches Central Coast community

AVJennings launches Central Coast community

29 Mar 15 - Property Week
AVJennings has launched its latest master-planned community at Hamlyn Terrace, Magnolia, on the NSW Central Coast. It follows on from its completion of the company’s Charterwood development at Wadalba.


Retail centre managers optimistic about 2015

16 Mar 15
According to JLL’s latest ‘Retail Centre Managers’ Survey’, sentiment has improved among centre managers for the first time since 2011, with nearly two-thirds expecting modestly higher turnover in 2015 despite challenging conditions.

Australian shopping centres still in demand

Australian shopping centres still in demand

16 Mar 15 - Property Week
Retail centres Australia-wide will experience mixed conditions over 2015, driven by regional variations in residential markets and employment, but the retail investment outlook is positive, according to m3property’s latest ‘Shopping Centre’ report.

Infrastructure & Planning

First 100 days of Victorian Government

16 Mar 15
Victoria’s new Treasurer, Tim Pallas, and Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, used a recent Property Council event in Melbourne to outline the government’s position on several key economic planning issues.

Developer clears financing hurdle for coastal project

Developer clears financing hurdle for coastal project

16 Mar 15 - Property Week
A fortuitous connection through LinkedIn with a specialist property finance firm has opened the way for the success of a high-end tourism development in the NSW coastal area of Shoalhaven.

Capital Markets

Brookfield to build Melbourne apartment tower

19 Jan 15
Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed by Central Equity to build Australis Melbourne, a 46-level apartment tower located at 601 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Investors to boost global real estate allocation

Investors to boost global real estate allocation

27 Jan 15 - Property Week
Investment allocations in global real estate are set to rise due to low interest rates and low bond yields, according to survey results jointly published by international industry associations ANREV, INREV and PREA.


ACT signs up for Asset Recycling Initiative

23 Feb 15
The Commonwealth Government has signed the first of its asset recycling agreements with the ACT Government and will undertake a scoping study into the divestment options of six Commonwealth properties in Canberra.

Championing a strong property industry

Championing a strong property industry

15 Mar 15 - Fiona Benson
The Property Council of Australia has launched its new three-year strategy.

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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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