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Bring land to market

Bring land to market

An adequate supply of land underpins better housing affordability. Bringing land to market in Victoria is a long process and several growth areas have fallen below the Government’s target to maintain 15 years of land availability.

In 2021 there was very high demand for land, leaving metropolitan Melbourne perilously short of supply to meet future demand. A land supply pipeline that can maintain pace with housing demand is urgently needed.

Despite commitments from the Government and the Victorian Planning Authority to increase the supply of land, the current shortage of ‘build-ready’ blocks is resulting in additional costs to new home buyers and if sustained, will see costs rise even further.

The land identified for future urban growth has also been taken up in recent years, with reduced land remaining inside Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary. Given the lead time required to take land from non-urban to shovel ready, urgent action is required to avoid a severe shortage of land for housing over the next term of government.


HIA calls on an incoming government to


Undertake a full review of land supply for the short, medium and long term, and commence investigations on the potential expansion of Melbourne’s UGB to meet future demand for housing

Continue to publish annual land supply data, to confirm whether Melbourne has a minimum of 15 years zoned land and two years of ‘build-ready’ land in every growth corridor and major regional towns

Identify and implement improvements to the ‘master planning’ approval process (ie PSPs) that can streamline delivery times to less than the current two to three years and ensure a whole of government approach to the delivery of land supply

Appoint a Minister for Planning with responsibility for monitoring, managing and promoting planning requirements, and supporting land and housing supply in all forms.