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Construction industry leaders call for removal of road blocks to deliver 1.2 million homes

Media release

Construction industry leaders call for removal of road blocks to deliver 1.2 million homes

Media release
“This week the Housing Industry Association (HIA) brought together Australia’s construction industry leaders. The overwhelming consensus of the group was that the Government’s Housing targets cannot continue to be just another ‘aspirational target or housing statement’ but must result in the actual delivery of these much-needed homes,” HIA Managing Director, Jocelyn Martin, said today.

“Builders across the country highlighted that the impact of a never-ending cascade of further regulations, complex building codes and WHS changes, taxation rules and business compliance obligations are all acting as significant barriers to the delivery of more homes.

“Not only are these new and continually changing rules making it difficult for businesses they are adding significant upfront costs which impact homeowners particularly first homebuyers who are already struggling to get into the housing market.

“HIA is calling on all levels of Government to re-set and place a pause on any substantial new regulations and let industry get on with building the 1.2 million much - needed homes in conjunction with the National Housing Accord over the next 5 years.  

“The industry wants to see a ‘whole of Government commitment’ across Federal, State and Territory and Local Government to come together and recognise their critical role in the supply of more homes that Australia urgently needs.

“Consultation with industry is needed across planning, skills, immigration, safety and compliance to ensure barriers are removed, transitions are well planned and solutions are fit for purpose.

“The building industry is ready and willing to deliver the 1.2 million homes over the next 5 years, but we need the right policy settings across all sectors of Government to enable the industry to deliver on these much needed homes,” concluded Ms Martin.

For more information please contact:

Jocelyn Martin

Managing Director

Simon Croft

Chief Executive - Industry & Policy
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