Welcome to the first edition of Housing for 2018, a year that promises to be very busy for our industry, for our Association and in the political arena.
At least three state elections and perhaps a federal election will be held during 2018. With changes of government always a possibility, it is critical that your Association puts the strongest industry policy perspective to all parties on behalf of members.
To do so, our policies must be relevant and well developed. Most importantly, our policies must improve and promote opportunities for Australians to own their own home, while advancing the industry’s capacity to deliver quality, affordable and innovative housing. HIA’s policies are underpinned by these goals.
In developing policy, the Association canvasses our members from every region and every sector of the industry. Their feedback, observations and views are brought forward through local, regional and national committees and forums where they are analysed and debated, and differences of opinion are expressed.
A number of key policy issues will be considered by our National Committees in March this year, and forwarded to the Association’s National Policy Congress for endorsement in May. Many of these policies will influence our advocacy priorities both before and during the year’s elections, and beyond. At times, independent economic modelling of policies is undertaken to reinforce their benefits and enhance our advocacy.
HIA also develops important policy imperatives that are published prior to an election and presented to our politicians, the media and the public to consider.
The Association’s policies and policy imperatives are available on our website for reference and scrutiny by all members.