{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Housing industry insights Economics Insights Data & forecasts Tailored research and analysis 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 HIA Insurance Services Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Member perks Toyota vehicles The Good Guys Commercial Fuel savings See all Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) Solutions for your business Contracts Online Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Industrial relations
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 Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer How do I apply? Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand Professional development courses A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Further your career 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 2024 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA shop
HIA shop $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Most popular products National Construction Code Vol 1 & 2 Waterproofing wet areas AS 3740:2021 HIA Guide to Waterproofing HIA Guide to NCC Livable Housing Provisions Top categories Building codes & standards Contracts & documents Guides & manuals Safety documents Signage For your business Contracts Online Digital Australian Standards Digital Resource Library Forecasts & data
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

Improve housing affordability

Policy Priority #2

Improve housing affordability

Policy Priority #2

Housing affordability is a reflection and a consequence of the level of housing supply at a point in time.

While many other factors influence affordability, achieving an improvement in home ownership begins with taking actions that can deliver a responsive supply chain for new land and housing, in all forms, in all locations, year on year.

Australia’s planning system underpins our ability to achieve a stable supply of new housing each year. The planning system has been overloaded by an expectation that it can be all things to all people – it cannot, and it should not, be used in this way. The planning system must deliver land owners a level of certainty that supports building the homes we need, in a timely way. The planning system must add value, not create costs, add taxes and become the reason housing affordability declines.

Governments must focus on supporting actions that reduce the complexity of the planning system, create certainty for all stakeholders and wind back the undue expectations on new home buyers to pay now for the needs of future Australians.

GOALS

Promote a culture of trust, collaboration and support by:

  • Gaining recognition of the importance of residential development to economic growth (national, state and local)
  • Promoting a planning and building framework that values collaboration and increased efficiency in housing delivery

Reduce impediments to a stable housing supply by:

  • Promoting housing supply as a fundamental principle of maintaining housing affordability
  • Gaining support for ‘one house, one approval’ arrangements in all state and territory planning and building regimes
  • Gaining recognition of ‘housing supply’ and ‘housing affordability’ in state and territory planning legislation
  • Gaining recognition of ‘truth in zoning’ as a foundation of state and territory planning regimes

Recognise land supply underpins housing supply and affordability by:

  • Establishing a national framework for the public reporting of land supply based on consistent metrics and milestones in the land supply pipeline
  • Ensuring metropolitan strategies recognise the need for greenfield housing supply
  • Identifying and promoting reforms that support rezoning and subdivision of land in a timely and affordable way
  • Identifying ways to resolve planning constraints that limit medium density housing supply in residential areas
  • Reducing or removing upfront infrastructure charges on new land and housing by creating a fair and equitable funding base for long lived, community infrastructure

Build a planning system that meets the housing needs of all Australians by

  • Gaining recognition of housing as critical infrastructure that supports strong communities
  • Reducing planning approval timeframes by providing a pathway for planning certification for low impact residential developments that require planning approval
  • Reducing timeframes for subdivision works approvals by providing a certification pathway
  • Ensuring e-planning reforms deliver a real reduction in time and cost to the home owner and streamline the business processes for builders
  • Ensuring internal renovations to residential buildings are recognised as exempt or complying development under planning regimes
  • Gaining recognition of the value of consistency in planning, engineering and building regimes for residential development across local government borders