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Queensland Election Priorities

Building the homes that Queensland needs

Queensland Election Priorities

Building the homes that Queensland needs

Every Queenslander deserves access to safe and secure housing.
Queenslanders should be able to aspire to own their own home, in whatever shape they choose.

Achieving this outcome will rely on the construction of 45,000+ new homes each year in Queensland over the next two decades, and this will in turn require government facilitating a new level of efficiency and productivity in Queensland’s home building industry.

Queensland currently faces an unprecedented housing supply crisis. You only need to count the tents in city parks to understand the extent of the problem. It is an unacceptable situation in a prosperous and generous state.

Rental vacancy levels are close to zero. The bottom line is we simply need to build more homes.

The residential building industry in Queensland has been through a period of unprecedented pressure. Builders are generally fatigued from a long period of extremely challenging market conditions. In addition, industry is continually being burdened with the weight of new ideology-driven regulation.

A necessary focus on increasing the number of multi-unit projects as a contributor to solving the housing crisis is required. But these projects are struggling for viability due to the significant increase in local government requirements and the massive and increasing impact of union agreements on cost and delivery times. There is also silence on the urgent ongoing need to continue to grow the number of detached homes being built in our suburbs and towns.

NIMBYs and environmentalists have councils responsible for many key aspects of planning, approvals and delivery of new homes running scared and afraid to take action on home development. Progressing much-needed projects that increase density in many Queensland neighbourhoods is verging on impossible.

Long-term neglect of the residential construction industry will not be fixed overnight. A courageous long-term approach is required.

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Queensland currently faces an unprecedented housing supply crisis. You only need to count the tents in city parks to understand the extent of the problem.

The construction industry employs
9.2%
of Queenslanders.

The construction industry accounts for
10.6%
of hours worked in Queensland.

Queensland needs to build an average of
49,150 homes
per year to meet its share of the 1.2 million homes target.

Recommendations

HIA is requesting that an incoming government addresses eight key policy areas

Unburden home builders

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Industry skills and training, and more workers

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Tax reform

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Productivity reform

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Government one-stop shop

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Help new homebuyers

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Build more public and social housing

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Back local supply of natural materials

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For further information contact:

Brisbane
14 Edmondstone Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Sunshine Coast
Level 1, 84 Wises Road
Maroochydore QLD 4558

Townsville
25 Blackhawk Boulevard
Condon QLD 4815

Cairns
2/185 Mulgrave Road
Bungalow QLD 4870

Gold Coast
Unit 4/2 John Duncan Court
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

Authorised by Jocelyn Martin, HIA Managing Director.

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