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Victorian Housing Statement released

Media release

Victorian Housing Statement released

Media release
"Today's release of the Victorian Government’s Housing Statement is a step in the right direction and acknowledges that a series of reforms are needed to meet Victoria’s housing challenge, now and into the future," said Keith Ryan, HIA Executive Director, Victoria.

Several planning reforms are the centrepiece of the Housing Statement, including immediate action to respond to the backlog of planning applications, streamline the planning process for medium to high density residential developments, and changes to minimise the need for planning permits for houses that meet specified standards.

The government has indicated single dwellings on lots bigger than 300 square metres, and not covered by an overlay, will no longer require a planning permit. Single dwellings on lots smaller than 300 square metres, where an overlay doesn’t exist, will be approved within 10 days and there will be more permit exemptions for single dwellings for things like extensions to sheds and carports.

“Taken together, these changes will help some delayed projects proceed, reduce the backlog of existing planning permit applications, and help get more residential building work to market sooner.

“As important as these planning reforms are, they are only a step towards increasing the supply of housing and addressing the housing affordability crisis. Homes need to not only be planned but also need to be built," added Mr Ryan.

While a key focus of the Housing Statement is on increasing opportunities for homes in Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs, and priority precincts, HIA is pleased the government recognises that greenfield growth areas will continue to be an attractive choice for many households.

“The Housing Statement acknowledges growth areas will remain important and pledges to provide quicker water connections as well as $400 million in infrastructure and service works along growth corridors to ensure communities have the local infrastructure they need.

"During her keynote address during the HIA Construction Outlook breakfast this morning the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Sonya Kilkenny, confirmed that the government understands they need to do more work to improve the regulatory framework for home building. 

“This includes continuing the Building System Review with its emphasis on building quality and also improving consumer protection laws. Many recent difficulties experienced by builders and consumers been caused by inflexible and out-of-date building regulations and home building contract legislation. 

“HIA will continue to be actively engaged with the Victorian government and participate in the Affordability Partnership to inform and shape the work to increase housing supply and improve housing affordability," concluded Mr Ryan.

For more information please contact:

Keith Ryan

Executive Director - Victoria
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