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Unburden home builders

Unburden home builders

HIA recommends the next Queensland Government:

  • Make minimal National Construction Code (NCC) changes in the next term of government
  • Give two years' notice for NCC changes
  • Have positive changes only

Industry certainty is key to ensuring residential builders can move forward with confidence to deliver the 45,000+ new homes per year that need to be built in Queensland to address the current housing crisis.

The residential building industry in Queensland is exhausted from the extensive array of reforms introduced in recent years.

An incoming government should commit to stability through a ‘Do no harm’ commitment to the home building industry. A commitment to no additional unsupported regulation for a term of government would be well received by industry, and would make a real difference to the industry’s ability to deliver more housing while keeping a lid on price increases. 

  • Minimal National Construction Code (NCC) changes in the next term of government - NCC changes proposed nationally should be properly considered for implementation in a Queensland context over time and should be amended to suit or rejected if necessary.
  • Two years' notice for NCC changes - changes only to be implemented in Queensland with a minimum of two years' notice, after national draft codes are finalised, education programs are rolled out, and implementation dates are set in consultation with industry.
  • Positive changes only - Proposed changes must be backed by the home building industry. Positive changes include:
    • implementing a state housing code, and a state housing infill code that HIA has championed for more than a decade
    • new planning support for ‘missing middle’ / ‘gentle density’ developments as required – more small unit blocks, individually titled terrace housing, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes. Reduce minimum lot sizes and setbacks
    • empower private certifiers to take a greater role in planning approvals, especially where approval backlogs or delays exist.
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