{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research & forecasting Economics Housing outlook Economic reports & data Tailored market research Advocacy & policy Advocacy Policy priorities Position statements Submissions News and inspiration Industry news Member alerts Media releases HOUSING Online
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder & manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services How can safety solutions help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Professional services Industrial relations Member savings Toyota vehicles The Good Guys Commercial Fuel savings See all
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials & products Concrete, bricks & walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Find jobs
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Mates rates Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Our initiatives HIA Building Women GreenSmart Kitchen, bathroom and design hub Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Support for you Charitable Foundation Mental health program
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Awards program People & Business Awards GreenSmart Australian Housing Awards Awards winners Regional Award winners Australian Housing Award winners 2023 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping & delivery Purchasing T&Cs See all Products Purchase NCC 2022 Building codes & standards Economic reports Hard copy contracts Guides & manuals
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faTimes
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Address
Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Greens growth boundary would further inflate land prices

Media release

Greens growth boundary would further inflate land prices

Media release
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has rejected calls by the ACT Greens to create an urban growth boundary around Canberra, because of the inflationary impact on the cost of land and housing.

“The experience across Australia is that where cities create arbitrary boundaries on their outskirts, there is an immediate inflationary impact on all land inside the line,” said HIA

Regional Director for ACT & Southern NSW, Greg Weller.

“The ACT has mechanisms for controlling what is built and where, and it’s called the Territory Plan. Furthermore, there is one major land developer in town, which is the ACT Government.”

“The notion that a line around the city is needed to control development doesn’t hold water.”

“Instead, ACT Government strategies should be long term to create certainty of land supply – for both infill and greenfield - and create an appropriate mix of blocks in good locations at an affordable cost.”

“The current indicative land release program should be expanded from 5 years, to also include development projections for a 10, 15 and 20 year horizon, to provide certainty for the city and its residents.”

“The ACT should be looking at ways to make housing more affordable and accessible to a growing population, rather than inflating prices.” 

“Our message for the ACT Planning Minister and members of the Legislative Assembly is to ignore this idea, because it’s bad advice,” concluded Mr Weller.

For more information please contact:

Greg Weller

Executive Director - ACT/Southern NSW

Simon Croft

Chief Executive - Industry & Policy
Latest articles
View all news $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
18 Apr
BASIX transition - Modified or incomplete contracts are ineligible

Building contracts that have been modified or have information missing may be ineligible for the BASIX Transition.

16 Apr
Sales of new homes weak for the start of 2024

“The prospect of a pick-up in home building activity in 2024 is not likely given the low volume of new homes sales in the first three months of 2024,” stated HIA Senior Economist, Tom Devitt.

15 Apr
NSW confirms transitional period for engineered stone ban

On 26 March, HIA advised members that NSW will be adopting a transitional period for the use of engineered stone to ensure businesses can fulfill existing contracts with less disruption and uncertainty. Today, HIA has received the formal confirmation from SafeWork NSW acknowledging the significant impact the ban will have on the operations of businesses HIA represents and the engineered stone industry more broadly.

15 Apr
NT commercial licencing is now law

On 15 April 2024, the NT Government will enact the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 addressing commercial registration. The rollout will occur over two stages and contains a significant transition period allowing practitioners time to become registered.