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In Victoria the residential building industry is the backbone of the Victorian economy with almost 300,000 people engaged in construction jobs. But regulation of the industry is fragmented with many different government agencies involved.
The management of housing supply in Victoria in all forms deserves close attention by an incoming state government.
Currently there are three government departments with direct oversight of the industry – the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and the Department of Treasury and Finance. But there is also oversight from the Victorian Building Authority, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Consumer Affairs Victoria, and Domestic Building Disputes Resolution Victoria, as well as significant regulation from WorkSafe Victoria, the Environmental Protection Authority and Sustainability Victoria. A new domestic building monitor was also announced in this year’s State Budget.
The interplay between building registration, planning approvals, building approvals, environmental management, consumer protection, workplace safety, taxation and incentives across these different agencies is a daily battleground for home builders and their clients.
Given the economic value of home building to the Victorian economy it make sense to have a single and dedicated Ministerial role that understands and brings together the complex and critical oversight the housing industry deserves.
Appoint a Minister for Home Building responsible for all legislation impacting the residential building industry to ensure the interests of industry and consumers are appropriately co-ordinated and addressed.