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“Detached house approvals in Western Australia decreased by 2.8 per cent in the month of June, while multi-unit approvals have almost tripled (+198.3 per cent) from the near stagnant levels in May 2023, providing a total increase of 8.7per cent” said HIA WA Executive Director Michael McGowan.
“On a quarterly basis, this leaves detached house approvals in Western Australia 23.4 per cent lower than in the June Quarter 2022, while multi-units were down by 74.2 per cent.”
“These results show the impact of the RBA’s continual interest rate hikes are flowing through the market right at a time when our priority should be on increasing the supply of housing,” said Mr McGowan.
“We are starting to see a reduction in the pipeline of work as houses on site are completed, and while the shortage of skilled labour is still an issue, there is now capacity coming into the industry at the front end of the construction process.”
“Now is the time we need government at all levels to support the crucial delivery of housing supply by easing the way for delivery and not imposing any additional fiscal or regulatory hurdles,” concluded Mr McGowan.
Last week Craig Smythe from of Adbuild Constructions received HIA Life Membership in recognition of his service to the residential construction industry over the last 35 plus years. He becomes only the third Hunter member to receive this prestigious award.
“The long-discussed move of the University of Tasmania (UTAS) from the Sandy Bay campus presents a real opportunity to ease housing pressures in Greater Hobart,” said Stuart Collins, HIA Executive Director Tasmania.
The Victorian Government has announced it is proposing Regulations that will require building practitioners and plumbers to meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. A Regulatory Impact Statement and proposed regulations has been released for public comment.
HIA commented on the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) which outlines proposed changes to encourage more low-rise and mid-rise housing (December 2023).