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Housing focus in new Tasmanian Cabinet welcomed

Media release

Housing focus in new Tasmanian Cabinet welcomed

Media release
Following the general election for the House of Assembly on 23 March 2024, Premier Jeremy Rockliff and the Tasmanian Liberals have been returned to Government in Tasmania.
“HIA was pleased to see that housing was a strong focus of this election, with both major parties proposing measures to increase housing supply and support our industry to deliver on housing for Tasmania’s future", said Stuart Collins, HIA Executive Director-Tasmania.
 
“Notably, HIA’s advocacy resulted in an expansion and extension of the highly successful ‘High Vis Army’ initiative; a suite of measures and incentives to encourage development and residential construction under the ‘HomesFaster!’ package; and the continuation and further growth of HIA’s successful ‘youthBuild’ work ready program in schools.
 
“These initiatives and investment in our industry reflect the importance of the residential construction sector in delivering a prosperous future for all Tasmanians. 
 
“We also welcome todays announcement of the new Rockliff Cabinet and look forward to continuing to work with the Hon Felix Ellis MP in his new capacity as Minister for Housing and Planning, in addition to his capacity as the Minister for Skills and Training.
 
“Minister Ellis will also be supported by Mr Simon Behrakis MP in his capacity as the new Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Planning. These appointments and the Rockliff governments strong focus on housing in the new Cabinet are hugely important for our industry and the supply of more homes for Tasmanians.
 
“Our industry has been through significant change and challenge over recent years.
 
“The impacts of an endless 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, within Tasmania and across the nation.
 
“With the formation of the new Government, HIA will continue to advocate for a more balanced approach to future policy settings as well as the need for support for small business in navigating these reforms.
 
“Our industry deserves certainty, particularly in relation to incoming issues such as the proposed ban on engineered stone and the commencement of reforms including livable housing provisions and Home Warranty Insurance within our State and the need to ensure future reforms are not acting as barriers to the delivery of more much-needed housing for Tasmanians” concluded Mr Collins

For more information please contact:

Stuart Collins

Executive Director – Tasmania

Simon Croft

Chief Executive - Industry & Policy
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