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HIA secures certainty for tradies in the housing industry

Media release

HIA secures certainty for tradies in the housing industry

Media release
The Federal Government has confirmed that genuine independent contracting arrangements in the residential building industry will be unchanged by the passing of the Closing Loopholes Bill through Parliament.

“HIA has worked with the Government to ensure long-standing contracting arrangements in the residential building industry are preserved. With 80 per cent of the workforce in the sector based on independent contracting, HIA were intent on ensuring the Bill maintained a person’s right to work for themselves,” said Jocelyn Martin, HIA Managing Director.

“HIA raised concerns with the new definition of employment, specifically how that would impact independent contracting arrangements in the residential building industry. The measures as passed provide some comfort that the status quo for independent contractors can be maintained. 

“During our consultation with the Government, the Minister committed to giving HIA the opportunity to work directly with the Fair Work Ombudsman to develop industry specific information and advice to support the industry navigate these reforms.

“The residential building industry is just starting to turn a corner after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to dissipate, now is not the time for further disruption via complex regulatory changes that simply add a layer of uncertainty and risk.

“Measures that also passed through Parliament that will empower the Fair Work Commission to deal with business-to-business arrangements and excessive increases in penalties remain of concern and will simply act as a disincentive to run a business and employ staff.

“HIA stands by the Government’s commitment to build 1.2 million homes over the next 5 years, but we need a flexible, and buoyant housing industry coupled with policy settings that make employing attractive. Complex and cumbersome change will only serve to do the opposite,” concluded Ms Martin.

For more information please contact:

Jocelyn Martin

Managing Director

Joe Shanahan

Manager, Communications & Media
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