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The year of 2021 was another extremely busy time for HIA advocacy efforts, with more than just COVID-19 keeping our team on their toes. Consequently, it’s also been a productive year for the Association in working hard for our members.
HIA responded to a continuous array of government reforms and programs aimed at residential building businesses, design and construction. Its National Policy Congress also set a pathway for the Association’s broader, long-term advocacy, including signing off on HIA’s policy priorities for 2021/25.
A win on negative gearing and capital gains
HIA actively engaged with the federal opposition leadership to highlight the deficiencies of the negative gearing and capital gains tax policies taken to the past two elections. After almost six years of holding ground on changes, the federal opposition agreed in July to delete these from its housing policy platform for the next federal election.
More time for HomeBuilder projects
HIA successfully gained an extension of time to commence HomeBuilder projects from six to 12 months. Significant time delays occurred due to shortages of materials and labour. This extension will help ensure more homebuyers to remain eligible for the grant and complete their projects.
Improving savings for first home buyers
Ongoing advocacy from HIA to support homeownership contributed to the government’s decision to increase savings caps within the First Home Super Saver Scheme. This sees the tax concessions applied to saving for a home deposit inch closer to the preferential tax settings applied to saving within superannuation.
HIA called for and secured an expansion of the First Home Guarantee Scheme, which includes an additional 10,000 places for the New Home Guarantee scheme in 2021/22 and establishing the Family Home Guarantee.
Supporting apprentices to start a career
HIA successfully advocated for an expansion of the Boosting Apprentice Commencements wage subsidy, which has seen the most significant increase of apprentice employment in many years.
Educated more than 2,000 building professionals on NCC
HIA delivered training tailored for housing and apartment buildings on the proposed changes to the 2022 national construction code. The training covered the new accessible housing, energy efficiency and condensation provisions, along with the complete restructuring of all three volumes of the code.
Pushed for improved land and housing data
HIA is working closely with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to build practical and nationally consistent land and housing supply data across Australia as a member of the Steering Committee and Working Group for the Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform.
Speaking for residential building and businesses
HIA provided ongoing contributions to a wide range of government consultations in 2021, ranging across national planning and environmental settings, building codes and building reforms, industrial relations, taxation, immigration and skills and housing policy.
Across every state and territory, HIA improves the industry's business outcomes and gains support for streamlined housing delivery in all forms.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
It goes without saying that COVID-19 has impacted every state and territory this year. While some regions were lucky to have short lockdowns, others have experienced significant disruptions and changes in day to day operations.
In response to decisions in the Northern Territory, NSW, ACT and Victoria to shut down residential building work, HIA has worked tirelessly to remind governments that home building is very different from large-scale construction. It always needs to take a tailored approach.
The shutdowns and ongoing restrictions have impacted members large and small. Sadly, the occupied renovation builders and trades have experienced the harshest outcome, being shut down for months in Victoria and heavily limited in NSW and ACT.
The year ahead seems to look positive with the hope that all sites can return to normal business operations, but only time will tell. Rest assured, HIA will continue to work on behalf of members to achieve the best outcome possible and represent our industry’s needs.