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HIA Policy team

HIA Policy team leads HIA’s consistent advocacy activity on behalf of the residential building industry, advancing policies that support home building and improved housing affordability for Australian families.

  • We promote policies that support the industry through the media, directly to the public and decision-makers at all government levels and via submissions to various inquiries and reviews.
  • We respond to public debate or proposals that run contrary to the interests of a vibrant home building industry and affordable housing.
  • We promote key policy imperatives including housing supply and affordability, taxation, small business operations, industrial relations, planning, building and workplace safety regulations and skill shortages.
  • We work closely with the HIA Economics Group  who provide modelling, analysis and public commentary that underpins and supports much of our policy advocacy activities.

Guided by National Policy Congress

HIA’s policy direction is guided by the National Policy Congress which is the apex of our policy development process. The Congress is central to tackling the challenging issues confronting the residential building industry and developing viable policy alternatives to be advocated to all tiers of government. This involves taking ideas from our grass roots membership and elevating them nationally to form a single agreed position.

  • Graham Wolfe

    Graham Wolfe

    Deputy Managing Director

    Graham is responsible for HIA’s policy development, media and advocacy functions. His career in the building and construction industry spans over 35 years, holding roles variously responsible for overseeing building design and construction, building assessment and compliance, building structural and fire safety, building regulations and legislation, the development of building codes and standards, and building information and stakeholder awareness initiatives.

    Graham’s role at HIA involves advising our national membership and broader stakeholders on all aspects of the residential building industry - from building, technical, planning and contractual matters, to industry activity projections, housing affordability, environmental sustainability, building materials, skills development and licensing.

    Graham has completed a civil engineering trade and holds a Structural Engineering Honours Degree and a Masters Degree in Management.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1361

  • Kristin Brookfield

    Kristin Brookfield

    Chief Executive - Industry Policy

    Kristin works closely with industry members and groups, managing the sector’s ongoing involvement in the development of building, planning and environmental regulations. This role involves close interaction with Federal and State Government agencies and related bodies including the Australian Building Codes Board, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Standards Australia.

    Kristin’s background is in planning, having previously specialised in development control in local government and regulation reform in State Government. She has been serving on the Board of the Building Products Innovation Council since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Development Assessment Forum.

    Kristin holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Honours) from the University of NSW and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1314

  • David Humphrey

    David Humphrey

    Senior Executive Director - Business, Compliance & Contracting

    David has national responsibility for developing and co-ordinating HIA advocacy, strategic planning and member services across a range of policy areas including business compliance, dispute resolution, skills, taxation, industrial relations and employment, licensing and OH&S. He also manages the HIA Workplace Services team  who are responsible for delivering practical, functional and risk management focused advice and assistance to members, and oversees the risk allocation and legislative compliance of HIA’s standard form contracts.

    David undertook his legal studies at the University of Queensland and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2001. Prior to joining HIA, David worked in private legal practices as both a senior associate and litigation consultant.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1319

  • Melissa Adler

    Melissa Adler

    Executive Director – Industrial Relations and Legal Services

    Melissa has responsibility for assisting in the development and co-ordination of HIA advocacy in relation to industrial relations including appearing in the Fair Work Commission. Melissa also represents HIA on a number of national industrial relations committees facilitating working relationships with other industry groups and Federal Government agencies including the Department of Employment and the Fair Work Ombudsman. 

    Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. Melissa was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia in 2008. Prior to joining HIA, Melissa worked in private legal practice.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1305

  • Simon Croft

    Simon Croft

    Executive Director - Building Policy

    Simon recently joined the Housing Industry Association and is responsible for overseeing building policy issues that affect residential building work and building practitioners.

    Simon previously worked for the Australian Building Codes Board as a Project Manager and has over 17 years’ experience working in the building and construction industry in a number roles including as a qualified carpenter, project and construction manager and a building and construction trainer. Simon additionally has a broad range of building and construction qualifications in fields of building, building surveying, project management and training.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1352

  • Mike Roberts

    Michael Roberts

    Executive Director - Planning & Development

    Michael has national responsibility for promoting good planning policy and ensuring HIA continues to have a strong influence on the direction of Government planning policy. In his role Michael also provides policy support and strategic advice to HIA’s Regional Executives and planning teams and coordinates HIA’s national planning committee and provides support to the HIA Board and associated committees.

    Michael joined HIA in 2004 following sixteen years working in local government in Queensland. Michael holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Town Planning from the Queensland University of Technology.

    Contact information

    07 3021 8800

  • Harley Dale


    Executive Director – Skills and Workforce Development

    Harley Dale has over 25 years’ experience as an economist. Harley is one of only a select group of economists in Australia to have worked across four out of the five core economics areas – academia, consultancy, financial markets and industry. He has held a wide variety of roles, primarily in Australia but also in New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

    He joined the Housing Industry Association as the organisation’s Senior Economist in September 2003 and took on the role of Chief Economist in November 2007. Harley led the launch in 2014 of HIA Economics’ consultancy arm – Australian Construction Insights.

    HIA Economics is part of the organisation’s National Policy Team. Consequently Harley’s involvement in policy development and advocacy has for many years extended to areas such as immigration, the industry’s labour force and skills capability and capacity.

    In mid-2018 Harley moved to the role of HIA Executive Director – Skills and Workforce Development. He sits on the Board of Directors of SkillsOz, which supports Australia’s construction industry by developing education and training resources, together with workforce development solutions. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1329