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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

    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 is responsible for managing HIA’s national policy team as they prosecute key issues around building, planning and environmental laws, industrial relations and business compliance laws, skills and training, and economics and housing forecasting. Kristin is also responsible for guiding HIA’s interaction with federal and state governments that address housing supply and affordability.

    Kristin’s background is in planning, having specialised in development control in local government and regulation reform in State Government. Over the last decade she has focused on managing HIA’s involvement in advocating for reforms in building, planning and environmental regulations. This role involves close interaction with Federal and State Government agencies and related bodies.

    Kristin is currently an industry representative on the Australian Building Codes Board and a member of the Standards Australia Development and Accreditation Committee.

    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

  • 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 Hermon

    Mike Hermon

    Executive Director - Planning & Development

    Mike 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 Mike 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.

    Mike joined HIA in 2014 following a long career in local government in Victoria and more recently as a planning consultant working on a range of residential subdivision and development projects and approvals management for major infrastructure projects. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts – Urban & Regional Planning from Victoria University.

    Contact information

    03 9280 8236

  • Harley Dale

    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

  • Tim Reardon, Chief Economist

    Tim Reardon

    Chief Economist

    Tim Reardon has an extensive background in economics and industry policy. He was the Executive Director of the National Generators Forum, representing electricity businesses through the introduction and repeal of the Carbon Price. He was also responsible for policy for the Federal Chamber of Automotive industries. Tim has also worked for the HIA as the Executive Director (Tasmania) and in Government Relations before joining HIA Economics in 2017.

    Contact information

    02 6245 1355