In Focus Region ACT And Southern NSW (68) Hunter NSW (68) National Office (68) New South Wales (68) Northern Territory (68) North Queensland (68) Queensland (68) South Australia (68) Tasmania (68) Victoria (68) Western Australia (68) Date Range Past Month (1) Past 3 Months (6) Past 1 Year (28) Past 2 Or More Years (68) From slump to bump Australians ramped up their renovations activity in 2020, helping to absorb some of the economic shock of the COVID recession. Digging deeper Mentoring programs have supported thousands of apprentices in their early years, and following their conclusion, HIA reveals insights about why many are failing to complete their trade training. You can't bank on banks It’s time we saw regulatory reform so home ownership can still be an attainable aspiration for Australians. To achieve this, banks should be determining the risk of lending money, not regulators. Our voice While 2020 has been a year like no other, HIA did not skip a beat, and continued to provide advice and services to members and the broader industry when needed most. The winds are changing How do wind ratings affect residential construction? In this second instalment of our three-part series on building quality, HOUSING looks at their impact on design, determining a rating for your site, as well as understanding product limitations. Building for bushfire The 2019-2020 bushfire season was shocking for its ferocity and widespread destruction. It tested our resilience and endurance, strained our firefighting resources and left a devastating rebuilding effort for affected communities. Waste not Waste management practices are changing in the building industry. Here’s what you should know and tips on how to best adapt to new restrictions. On the right footing With building quality gaining media scrutiny, properly understanding site foundations, soil classification and drainage around sites cannot be understated. HOUSING takes a look at these issues, and what builders and contractors can do to avoid costly rectification issues down the track.