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“Victorian home buyers already pay a range of taxes when they buy a new home, contributing half of Victoria’s tax revenue now.
“In Melbourne 38% of the cost of building a new home is made up of taxes, fees and charges. This new tax would have seen land and house prices being pushed further out of reach of new home buyers.
“It was bad policy that likely would have seen young Victorians join an ever-growing queue for social housing, rather than helping them.
“The fact this tax was announced and then abandoned within 10 days demonstrates that this Government has no clear strategy or policy on housing affordability.
“The Government is also proposing a Windfall Gains Tax which could see new home buyers in regional Victoria having to pay up to $53,000 extra. This is only a windfall for the Victorian Government and will significantly increase the cost of new homes in Victoria.
“We would urge the State Government to take a deep breath, step back and consult with those Victorians who are most impacted by additional taxes on housing and the higher prices this generates.”
The Liberal Party’s announcement today that if re-elected they will allow Australians to access up to $50,000 from their superannuation to fund a deposit to help them buy their first home is a welcome one, and an initiative that HIA has championed.
Western Australia is one of just two states to see an increase in new home sales in April, recording a significant increase in the amount of new activity from the same period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed the ongoing support for Western Australia’s residential building industry in the 2022-2023 State Budget, including a number of targeted initiatives aimed at attracting more skilled workers into the state amid record high levels of detached construction.
The ACT Government has announced an implementation schedule and transition rules for Variation 369 to the Territory Plan.