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Further housing priorities reflect importance to build for the future of Tasmania

Media release

Further housing priorities reflect importance to build for the future of Tasmania

Media release
“The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed a second day of housing policy priorities announced by both major parties. This includes the Tasmanian Liberals’ proposed changes to land tax; the mandating of PlanBuild Tasmania; and the unlocking of more residential lots with an increase to the residential land rebate,” said Benjamin Price, HIA Acting Executive Director Tasmania, at a press conference attended by HIA this morning.

“Housing construction and development is significantly burdened by statutory and regulatory costs, impeding affordability for homeowners and slowing and delaying development.

“At the end of the day, consumers and homeowners bear these costs.

“The Tasmanian Liberals’ commitments to cut, or reduce, land tax will go a long way to incentivise newly constructed homes being made available for rent, increasing the supply of housing, and allow more Tasmanians to realise their dreams of home ownership,” said Mr Price.

"In addition to the welcome incentives, grants and rebates announced by the Tasmanian Liberals’ under their ‘Homes Faster!’ package yesterday, the announcement of a mandate of the PlanBuild Tasmania portal to all councils by 2027 will make it easier and quicker for homeowners and industry to get construction started.

“HIA has been a strong supporter of PlanBuild Tasmania, which will be a one-stop-shop for building and planning approvals in the state. PlanBuild also has the opportunity to keep councils accountable for statutory time frames and property statutory building approval processes, and HIA strongly welcomes this important announcement for industry and consumers.

“The housing industry has been eagerly awaiting the full roll-out of PlanBuild Tasmania for a number of years, and the announcement of a statewide mandate will result in the consistency of planning and building processes.

"Tasmanian Labor’s announcement today, committing to create a ‘planning dashboard’, is also welcomed. Performance monitoring of local government is something that HIA has been calling for, to increase accountability of local government councils in the planning and building approval process.

“HIA is pleased to see further measures from both major parties that seek to increase housing supply as a key issue facing Tasmanians, alongside supporting the residential construction industry to deliver on these much-needed homes,” Mr Price concluded.

For more information please contact:

Benjamin Price

Manager – Workplace Services Vic/Tas

Simon Croft

Chief Executive - Industry & Policy
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