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2020 and 2021 may well become known as the ‘COVID years’, remembered for their widespread disruption to daily life, work, travel and global supply chains. In 2022, mandatory health orders and extensive lockdowns became a thing of the past, but the year still had its share of challenges.
For the residential building industry, the impact of material price increases, supply chain issues, trade shortages and rising interest rates on consumer sentiment continued. Builders and other professionals had the added pressure of understanding and preparing for the extensive changes under the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022, due to take effect 1 May 2023.
HIA worked tirelessly, in every state and nationally, to support members through the challenges, communicating upcoming changes, and responding to an array of government reforms and programs aimed at new housing.
2022 saw a changing of the guard with the Australian Labor Party (ALP), headed by Anthony Albanese, forming government. Going into the election, HIA’s main priority was to retain a Housing Minister and get them in Cabinet. With the appointment of Collins, this was achieved. The new Ministry includes many already known to HIA in portfolios relevant to housing, with each also included in Cabinet.
Since the election, the federal government has committed to creating Housing Australia, taking up HIA’s full list of housing imperatives supporting home ownership, social housing and rental housing. HIA was also invited to be part of the national Housing Accord.
In the lead up to the introduction of building code changes, HIA successfully held a nation-wide tailored seminar series explaining what would take effect – and importantly, when – for industry. Thousands took up the opportunity and many more tuned into recorded webinars post-event.
2022 saw another busy year of WHS reform, with attention focused on changes to the Model WHS laws, as well as on crystalline silica and psychological health. HIA made it a priority to engage with regulators, pursuing key concerns, and provided detailed submissions to achieve helpful outcomes for HIA members.
HIA hosted a housing roundtable for the federal Housing Minister prior to the Jobs and Skills Summit and provided submissions on the legislation changes arising from the summit.
Much of HIA’s advocacy work happens on a state and territory basis to improve industry’s business outcomes, as well as gain support for streamlined housing delivery in all forms. Here’s an overview of how the Association was in your corner in your region throughout the year.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Published on 18 January 2023