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Advocacy

Advocacy

HIA speaks for our national membership across all levels of government. We collaborate with our Australia-wide network of regional representatives to present an informed and united front on the issues that affect you and your business.

What matters to our members

HIA is across the most critical issues affecting residential housing in Australia - right now and in the future. Our five-year strategic plan is about addressing all of these, head-on. Our representatives are heavily involved in committees that cover all these key areas. We are dedicated to ensuring our members’ voices are heard when it counts.

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Housing matters

Supporting the Housing Accord commitment to build 1.2million homes over five years and to ensure there is fair and equitable policy and tax reform for the industry to thrive and grow.

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Affordability

Increase home ownership by removing unnecessary taxes and charges on housing, simplify planning rules, and help more Australians own their own home sooner.

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Quality & compliance

Ensure home building rules are cost effective, achievable and proportional. Limit the impacts of major changes like those to NCC, WHS, building regulatory systems and sustainability reforms.

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Let business do business

Navigate changes to rules and regulations, prohibitions on goods and services and highlight materials, labour and skilled worker shortages with a "do no harm" approach.

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Election Imperatives

HIA sets out the key issues we believe an incoming government must address if we are to sustain the benefits of stronger new home building activity.

Northern Territory Election Priorities 2024

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Queensland Election Priorities 2024

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What we do

It is important to approach government and industry regulators with a solid understanding of the biggest challenges we face. HIA experts work hard to develop qualitative and quantitative research and create powerful and data-driven campaigns that demonstrate why change is necessary.

Explore some of our high-profile endeavours

Taxation's major impact on housing affordability

HIA commissioned The Centre for International Economics (CIE) to perform a bottom-up investigation of the magnitude of statutory taxes and regulatory costs in housing costs.

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Pre-fab and modular construction

HIA's final report identifies the regulatory barriers for off-site construction in housing. These barriers can be time consuming and costly, resulting in inconsistent outcomes for industry and consumers.

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Ban on engineered stone

Our expert guidance on how to understand the engineered stone ban and minimise the health risks of silicosis. Learn more about how we’ve helped the industry deal with this huge regulatory change.

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The changing voice of the construction industry

The construction industry has become more culturally and linguistically diverse. However, the industry is still lagging other industry sectors when it comes to attracting skilled migrants.

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NCC 2022 changes

We’ve been working hard for our members to minimise the outcome of NCC 2022 changes that have impacted the residential building industry. Explore the latest changes and updates to the National Construction Code.

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One house, one approval

Trying to navigate the development approval systems for housing has become a challenging process. Find out how HIA is tackling this issue by calling on all levels of government to commit to change.

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How it works

Your voice, heard

Our service committees consult with members in their region about their evolving challenges and opportunities from the frontlines of the industry - what's really going on, on-site and beyond.

Our priorities, aligned

Local representatives join forces at the HIA National Policy Congress and work together to reach common ground so HIA can approach government and regulators from a position of power.

Expert research and development

HIA experts collate national data from our members, conduct research, and lead investigations into the factors contributing to what needs to be addressed, strengthening our stance.

Present to government

We present formal submissions on issues including the Budget, workplace diversity, migration, sustainability, new planning and approval rules, and much more.

The ultimate goal of HIA's advocacy is to initiate meaningful change on behalf of our members. We advocate for significant government policy and regulation amendments that benefit you as part of the residential building industry.

How the National Policy Congress represents you

Our national committees communicate their region's position on building industry issues at HIA's National Policy Congress (NPC). This annual event brings the Association's industry leaders together to create better outcomes for our members and set the direction of HIA's advocacy going forward. 

We develop position (policy) statements from these robust NPC discussions that represent our members' majority outlook on Australian building regulations, home ownership, business compliance and operations, and emerging key policy issues.

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What we present to government

HIA's latest responses to government policy around the housing industry, plus the latest news and economic forecasts for the sector. We submit these consistently throughout the year, ahead of and in response to what’s happening everywhere across Australia, from the regions to the highest level of government.

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08 Jul
National Urban Policy Consultation Paper

HIA provided a submission to the National Urban Policy – Consultation draft and note that the development of the Policy aims to outline the Government’s goals and objectives to enable urban areas to be liveable, equitable, productive, sustainable and resilient.

05 Jul
Impacts of Climate Risk on Insurance Premiums and Availability

HIA provided a submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Impacts of Climate Risk on Insurance Premiums and Availability.

05 Jul
Proposed Development Scheme for the Woolloongabba priority development area

HIA provided feedback in relation to the proposed Development Scheme for the Woolloongabba Priority Development Area.

02 Jul
Review into the Design and Building Practitioners and Residential Apartment Buildings Act 2020

HIA provided a submission on the Review into the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020.

Industry updates

Construction Insurance Residential
Changes to Home Warranty Insurance in ACT
In June 2022, the ACT Government announced it was conducting a review of home warranty cover arrangements to ensure the cover offered remains contemporary and fit for purpose.
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We are moving HIA QLD relocates to Newstead
After more than 25 years at our Queensland home base located in Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane, our Queensland team is on the move.
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Federal Government responds to CFMEU allegations
Today, Tony Burke, Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has set out the Government’s response to the reported behaviour of the construction division of the CFMEU.
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NT election imperatives
HIA has released its NT Election Imperatives ahead of next month’s election outlining a 10-point plan to rebuild the NT economy.
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Administration Disputes Construction
Investigation into CFMEU conduct announced
Members would have seen headlines over the last few days regarding the wide-ranging concerns being reported regarding the conduct by the CFMEU and potential criminal links, in particularly their Victorian State Branch.
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Housing projects boost and funding opportunities
The Federal Government has made two housing announcements over the last week that members may like to explore to assist in bringing forward some new projects and extra loan guarantee placements that may help your clients to overco...
Jul 24
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HIA details plan for more homes in Queensland
Queensland's policy approach has failed when it comes to building more homes.
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Apprentice Construction National Construction Code (NCC) Regulations
HIA is fighting hard for our industry
Over the past fortnight, HIA has made several major submissions on proposals that would impact our industry and make building homes and running a business more difficult.
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Contracts Kitchens Laundry Residential Renovations
New version of the Residential Consumer Guide effective 1 July 2024 - Tas
Tasmanian building contractors must give owners the new July 2024 version of the Residential Consumer Guide before signing residential building work contracts from 1 July 2024.
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Work Health and Safety (WHS) Silica Residential Renovations Concrete
Update - Working with banned engineered stone - SA
As members would be aware, from 1 July the supply, installation or processing of engineered stone panels, slabs and benchtops is banned subject to certain transitional arrangements.
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Residential Construction Affordable
Changes to Keystart eligibility criteria - WA
Keystart announced significant changes to its product settings, increasing the accessibility of the scheme and making home ownership an option for more Western Australians.
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Work Health and Safety (WHS) Silica Residential Non-conforming products
Engineered stone ban commenced 1 July 2024 - SA
Members are reminded that a ban on engineered stone commenced on 1 July 2024 in South Australia. This will apply to both working with, and installation of the product.
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