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Release of HIA Action Plan: More Houses for More Victorians

Media release

Release of HIA Action Plan: More Houses for More Victorians

Media release
The Victorian government has previously stated that it will be releasing a Housing Statement in September. One reason why this Housing Statement is important is that it will show how Victoria will contribute to the new national target of 1.2 million new homes over five years.

The Housing Statement needs to include a mixture of measures to increase the supply of housing and provide confidence to all segments of the housing industry that they have a bright future.

Ahead of the release of the Housing Statement, HIA has written to the Victorian Ministers for Planning, Housing and Consumer Affairs outlining the six priority areas where reform is needed most to provide confidence and certainty to builders and homeowners.

With recommendations developed by HIA members representing the diversity of Victoria’s residential building industry, HIA’s Action Plan: More Houses for More Victorians identifies the six priority areas industry is looking to the Victorian Government to address in the Housing Statement. They are:

  1. Planning - expediting new projects that provide more affordable, well built and designed housing options that meet the needs of all Victorians.
  2. Land Supply - getting more land brought to market and “shovel ready” sooner. 
  3. Property Taxes – lowering property taxes to improve affordability of housing, connecting people with better social and employment outcomes.
  4. Domestic Building Contracts – steps can be taken now to improve confidence and certainty for builders and homeowners but work also needs to be undertaken to improve the quality of home building contract regulations generally.
  5. Building Standards – helping industry prepare and consumers understand major impending changes to the design and construction of homes is vital for occupant comfort and energy efficiency.
  6. Skills and Training – ensuring the residential construction industry has the people and skills needed to meet Victoria’s housing needs, now and into the future.

HIA acknowledges the Victorian Government has prioritised housing reform. HIA’s Action Plan is designed to spur this focus and encourage a whole of government approach to addressing housing supply and demand challenges that improve housing affordability and expand housing choice. Doing so will raise economic prosperity, individual wellbeing, and community liveability.

View the HIA Action Plan

For more information please contact:

Keith Ryan

Executive Director - Victoria
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