HIA recently welcomed the International Housing Association (IHA) to Canberra for their 2018 interim meeting.
The four-day event started with delegates from Canada, Norway, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, the US and Myanmar arriving in Sydney to then tour down to Canberra. Unfortunately delegates from Brazil, Peru, Mexico, South Africa and the EU were unable to attend.
The tour began with a visit to Homeworld at Leppington in south western Sydney, where members had time to see just a few of the 50 display homes now open to the public in one of Sydney’s largest display villages. The group spent time with Phil Jones, CEO of Homeworld, learning more about the management of the village and the benefits of a collective approach to creating and financing a display village.
The group then progressed down the Hume Highway for some kangaroo spotting, along with a visit to the Southern Highlands, the Big Merino in Goulburn and a sunset welcome function overlooking Canberra to end the tour day.
As is traditional, the formal meeting on day one focused on sharing common information about each country’s economy and their housing industry. Discussion ranged across all the issues you would expect when a group of housing associations sit down to compare economies, industry, pain points and solutions. The presentations by each country also provide fascinating insights into how similar some countries are, and how vastly different the housing situation is in other countries.
Reflecting on the number of homes built each year, home ownership rates, undersupply and other housing indicators gives the international group a useful starting point to discuss key housing issues.