Advancing our industry

The Association is working to put forward strong industry policy as we head towards multiple elections in 2018.

Author

Pino Monaco

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.

In developing policy, the Association canvasses our members from every region and every sector of the industry

On a recent trip to the USA, I attended a policy meeting of the country’s National Association of Home Builders, and it was no surprise to me that our American colleagues have a similar process of policy development. What was revealing was that our American colleagues suffer many of the same frustrations as we do in Australia, except on a larger scale. Red tape, bureaucracy and interference – hurdles and barriers that inhibit the efficient delivery of new and renovated housing.

Here in Australia, we have good reason to be confident. About our economy, our industry and the people who work in it. That confidence should also extend to our political leaders.

The Australian community needs and deserves strong leadership, especially at a time when international economic sentiment is on the cusp of renewed world growth. With the distractions of 2017 behind us, it is time for our politicians to step up. Industry and households alike look to a bright future, one that projects a period of long-term prosperity.

However, we must anticipate some obstacles along the way. I can foresee challenges and strong debate on negative gearing, capital gains tax, independent contractors, planning transparency, the lack of spending on vocational training, and important infrastructure expenditure that will keep your Association and its board occupied in 2018.

So like you, we will be busy. Our energies will be focused on supporting and backing members, looking after our industry and delivering on the commitment – you’re in good hands.

I hope you can join us at this year’s National Conference in Singapore between 10–12 May. It’s a great opportunity for members to have some welcome midyear respite and to catch up with industry friends and colleagues. I look forward to catching up with many of you there.

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