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Celebrating the HIA-CSR QLD Housing Awards is a great time to reflect on our industry’s successes in 2023 and the positives ahead in 2024.

Sharon Piconi

HIA Queensland President

The HIA-CSR Queensland Housing Awards in November was a great opportunity to celebrate our wins and to reflect on the many positive things ahead for our industry.

Congratulations to all our award winners and finalists, especially Queensland Home of the Year winner Lindon Homes, and to our newest HIA Life Member, Jeff Topping, who got a welcome surprise on the night.

At the awards, I spoke about some positives in a time of crisis, with a focus on maintaining the dream.

There is a clear need for more houses to be built in Queensland, to give the disadvantaged the dignity of a solid roof over their heads, and to support young people who want their Great Australian Dream of home ownership, establishing a solid foundation from which they can launch their own businesses, families and futures.

At its roots, our industry is here to help make these people’s dreams come true.

We are an industry of opportunity, and our value has never been higher. There is a great opportunity in a crisis, and the current housing crisis represents an incredible opportunity for us.

I see unprecedented levels of funding being made available from the government for social housing construction and new incentives to build more homes in every state.

There is emerging recognition that we must focus more on growing Queensland’s skilled trades pool.

I am hearing increased general recognition from governments and councils that builders and tradies need clearer pathways through streamlined licensing, planning and building regulations so that we can get on with the job of building the homes our state needs.

Here at HIA, the team has been working hard this year for you and putting some good runs on the board.

We have been fighting for a return to sensible, low-cost accounting standards for your Minimum Financial Requirements reporting, and we expect an outcome on this very soon.

We are closer than ever to getting agreement from the government on implementing a Queensland Housing Code that will give us a simple, fast approval pathway for standard forms of housing.

We’ve had some small but significant wins on the Southeast Queensland Regional Plan land supply data and housing targets, and we have been in there at every forum where councils are proposing changes to their planning schemes, quietly but firmly demanding and achieving outcomes that will make it easier for us to build homes.

An enormous effort has been made to secure sensible transitions and exemptions relating to the significant changes made to our National Construction Code. We have developed a raft of guidance material and run numerous training sessions aimed at helping you understand the amendments.

We continue to lobby the Queensland Government, expressing ongoing concerns with the practical application of Queensland’s Project Trust Account framework for home builders. But these are just some examples of where the Association spoke up on your behalf in 2023.

Have a great festive season, and together, we will continue to be the voice of our industry in 2024.


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