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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.

house & building

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.



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


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.


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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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

Pre-fab and modular construction

HIA's final report identifies the regulatory barriers for off-site construction in housing. Why are we doing this? These barriers can be time consuming and costly, resulting in inconsistent outcomes for industry and consumers, with potential for non-approval.

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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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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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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.

2024-25 HIA WA Pre-Budget Submission

Our submission to the Treasurer and the Department of Treasury ahead of the 2024/25 Western Australian Budget.

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Industry updates

Bathroom Compliance Construction Contractors Contracts Residential Silica
NSW confirms transitional period for engineered stone ban
On 26 March, HIA advised members that NSW will be adopting a transitional period for the use of engineered stone to ensure businesses can fulfill existing contracts with less disruption and uncertainty. Today, HIA has received the...
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Builder's licence Construction Regulations Registration
NT commercial licencing is now law
On 15 April 2024, the NT Government will enact the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 addressing commercial registration. The rollout will occur over two stages and contains a significant transition period allowing practitio...
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Work Health and Safety (WHS) Silica Residential Renovations
Victorian Government decision on engineered stone transition
Members will be aware that governments are implementing a ban on the use of engineered stone from 1 July 2024. This includes the supply and installation of engineered stone products.
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Compliance Construction Legal Residential
Increased penalties for environmental pollution
The Environment Protection Legislation Amendment (Stronger Regulation and Penalties) Bill 2024 (the Bill) was recently passed by the NSW Government and will help to strengthen environmental protections and increases monetary penal...
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Construction Regulations Residential Silica
HIA's industry leaders come together on major housing issues
This week, HIA’s National Board of Directors, Regional Committee Chairs and Senior HIA figures came together and debated the impact Government regulations and continuing change is having on the residential building industry and in...
Mar 24
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WA's approach to the engineered stone ban
Work Health and Safety Ministers have determined the next steps to move forward with the implementation of a ban on engineered stone. Find out how this affects Western Australia and what happens next.
Mar 24
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Compliance Construction Contractors Kitchens Laundry Masonry Residential Renovations Silica Suppliers Work Health and Safety (WHS)
Next steps on engineered stone ban confirmed
Today, state and territory Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers met to determine the next steps to move forward with the implementation of a ban on engineered stone.
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Construction Residential Building approvals
Applications opening for Builders’ Support Facility
In January 2024, the WA Government announced the Builders’ Support Facility – a fund of $10 million to assist residential builders with a boost to their cashflow for the completion of homes that have been in construction for over ...
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Construction Election Residential
Housing Election commitments welcomed
HIA has today welcomed a number of election policy commitments from both major parties related to housing and support for the housing industry to build more homes, ahead of the 2024 Tasmanian State Election in a fortnight.
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Education Residential
Greg Elsworthy Education Centre
HIA is pleased to announce an important part of the HIA office in Newcastle has been named after Greg Elsworthy.
Mar 24
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Construction Apprentice Residential
Craig Smythe awarded Life Membership
Last week Craig Smythe from of Adbuild Constructions received HIA Life Membership in recognition of his service to the residential construction industry over the last 35 plus years. He becomes only the third Hunter member to recei...
Feb 24
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CPD Licence Plumbing Regulations
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) on the way
The Victorian Government has announced it is proposing Regulations that will require building practitioners and plumbers to meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. A Regulatory Impact Statement and proposed re...
Feb 24
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