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Host of legislative reforms to be implemented in Qld

The Palaszczuk government announced the latest round of legislative changes that will, amongst others, make it easier...
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It’s time for NSW landlords to have their say

A new Real Estate of NSW (REINSW) campaign aims to bring balance to the housing crisis.
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Albanese government urged to review property tax systems for economic stability

To ensure Australia’s economy would avoid a recession, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on the...
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Accountants urge home buyers to weigh cost of dodging stamp duty

Opting to pay an annual tax rather than stamp duty is “a double-edged sword” and could even raise house prices.
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NSW Labor’s hefty election housing promises

As NSW’s Labor Party look to emulate its federal counterparts and win office at the looming 25 March election,...
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Stamp duty v property tax: What NSW first home buyers should consider

Should NSW first home buyers avail of the state’s new property tax scheme or stick with paying stamp duty when...
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What reforms to property taxation could mean for first home buyers

In a property market already difficult for first home buyers to access, there’s been much conversation on the...
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ATO targets dodgy deductions for holiday homes

Thousands of dollars in claims “that would fail the pub test” contribute to $1.6bn tax shortfall, assistant...
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Rent bidding to be outlawed in NSW

“An advertised rental fee should be just that,” claimed NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet as he announced the...
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State body renews call for removal of ‘archaic’ stamp duty in Victoria

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) called for “renewed focus” on the state’s property sector in the...
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NSW government pulls rezoning lever to unlock land supply

State Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed the $73.5 million Rezoning Pathways Program will unlock tens of thousands...
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RBA delivers Christmas cash rate present

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has handed down its final cash rate decision for 2022.
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Could ACT's tenancy law overhaul have 'unintended consequences'?

The Real Estate Institute of the Australian Capital Territory (REIACT) warned that the proposed changes to the...
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Communication ‘failure’ flagged as borrowers get RBA apology

RBA governor Philip Lowe has issued an apology to borrowers who “acted on what we’d said and now regret what they...
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Bill to lower downsizer age passes both houses

The bill to reduce the eligibility age for downsizer contributions down to age 55 has now passed the Senate and awaits...
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ATO undertaking ‘extensive’ property deducation examinations

With the ATO scaling up its compliance and undertaking detailed reviews including questionaries, SMSFs with compliance...
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NSW stamp duty reforms branded as ‘soft’

Timothy Hibbert, head of building and property forecasting at BIS Oxford Economics (BOE), believes the latest property...
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SA landlords should brace for crackdowns as tenancy laws up for review

The South Australian government has taken the first step to update the state’s rental laws — setting the stage for...
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‘Historic’ stamp duty legislation gets green light in NSW

Six months after initially being proposed, New South Wales’ stamp duty reforms have passed the state parliament.
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Qld unit owners to benefit from unit law overhaul

On Tuesday, 8 November, the state government ratified reforms to its body corporate laws — with the changes set to...
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