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"At a time when housing supply and affordability are the most challenging in our history, industry and homeowners should be afforded more time to implement and prepare for such significant changes.
"Whilst today’s announcement on some moderate transitional arrangements by NSW Planning Minister Paul Scully provides some relief, it will only address a limited number of building projects.
"HIA remains deeply concerned on the timing for adoption of the BASIX changes given the scale and complexity of reforms.
"Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania have all recognised the significant impacts to affordability of increased material and labour costs, interest rate rises and supply chain constraints.
"Providing the housing sector in those states with much needed relief by delaying implementation of the new energy targets.
"HIA calls on the NSW Government to follow the sensible lead of other states and provide a full 12-month delay for the BASIX Standards increases," said Mr Bare.
The key reasons why industry is calling on the NSW Government for additional 12 month phase in period are:
"Given these issues, there is simply not enough lead time for the industry to prepare and adapt their plans, specification and contracts given the scale and complexity of the changes," said Mr Bare.
"It is vitally important that industry has all the tools and criteria in place to enable it to deliver the BASIX changes at the lowest possible cost for new home buyers.
"The bottom line is that housing supply and affordability is being put at risk unnecessarily. The home building industry can adjust and deliver the most cost-effective solutions given sufficient time.
"HIA also called for the new energy measures to only be applied to contracts signed from the implementation date, to spare those already with fixed price contracts or with approved loans being blindsided by the additional retrospective compliance costs.
"We welcome the changes announced on this aspect by Minister Scully and urge the Government to adopt this approach in all such cases in the future," concluded Mr Bare.
“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).
“Australia is set to commence construction on little more than a million new homes over the next five years, almost 200,000 short of the Australian government’s target,” stated HIA Senior Economist Tom Devitt.