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  • No change to restrictions for home building and renovations – Victoria

    Despite the build-up and expectation for today, the Premier has held off making any further announcements for easing of restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne. Further decisions will be made pending the results of testing around an outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, hopefully in the next few days.

  • HIA’s Plan for easing restrictions on home building and renovations in Victoria

    October 22, 2020

    HIA has put to the Government that several steps need to be taken for our industry to limit the slow down in both new home building and renovation activity. This includes returning those sectors of the industry currently closed for business or operating with more severe restrictions, to practical and safe operating arrangements.

  • Building bonus announcement

    October 20, 2020

    The McGowan Government has today announced changes to the commencement requirements for its $20,000 Building Bonus scheme.

  • Update on renovations work - metropolitan Melbourne

    October 19, 2020

    The Victorian government has now published the legal document that allows for outdoor non-essential maintenance and repair work to resume with conditions. The permitted work goes beyond the limited information provided yesterday by the government. It is now clear that building work at occupied homes when done outdoors is permitted.

  • Update on Victorian COVID-19 restrictions

    October 18, 2020

    The Premier today outlined the next stage of easing for restrictions in Victoria.

  • COVID-19 update - Victoria

    October 14, 2020

    HIA has again called on the Victorian Government to allow a safe return to work for renovators, many of whom have been unable to operate for months. We have provided HIA’s plan to Government which seeks a safe return to work for renovators with strict operating conditions for work at occupied homes as part of the next stage of easing restrictions – being 19 October.

  • Stage 4 restrictions and COVID safety obligations - Vic

    October 09, 2020

    HIA has been informed by members that WorkSafe Victoria has increased enforcement of the COVID-19 safety directions. Whilst these requirements have been in place for several weeks, in light of the recent enforcement activity, members are reminded of the need to be vigilant in complying with all of the obligations to keep work sites COVID-19 safe.

  • Update on renovation work - metropolitan Melbourne - Vic

    October 09, 2020

    The residential building industry continues to operate under stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne. Here is an update on some of the latest information as well as some answers to questions from members.

  • Federal Budget 2020/21: what does it mean for housing?

    October 07, 2020

    The Treasurer handed down the 2020/21 Federal Budget last night with a number of measures aimed at supporting job creation, business investment, skills and training and home ownership, which seeks to set a plan to rebuild the economy over the next four years.

  • SafeWork NSW focusing on falls from heights

    September 22, 2020

    SafeWork NSW announced inspectors targeting construction sites for their working at heights compliance. The focus of the inspectors will be on verifying compliance in relation to scaffolds, voids, roofs, edges and skylights.