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Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, insights and advice across your region.


Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, insights and advice across your region.

When times are tough it can be easy to lose sight some of the longer term prospects for your business. It is important to remember the excellent homes, and happy clients, that are the direct result of your hard work.  One of the best ways to promote your business, celebrate the great work you’ve done and recognise the contributions of your team is to participate in the HIA Awards. Entries have now opened and we encourage all our members to participate.

This year has started with a few home building company insolvencies. Unfortunately there will be more as the year progresses, and as happened last year, there is a lot of speculation about builder solvency. It is worth remembering that last year most of the speculation turned out to be wrong and this year should be no different. Regrettably much of this speculation can be found on social media, and as many members know from personal experience with “customer” and similar reviews, this is not always reliable or honest information.  While there are definitely many home building businesses having a difficult time, only some of these are considering or heading into insolvency. Most of our members will work through the current challenges and continue to trade successfully.

Members are also reminded that laws are expected to soon be introduced to make it an offence to accept a deposit for a home building contract without first getting a domestic building insurance policy for that job. However, it is already a requirement that this insurance be obtained before a deposit is paid. The offence will complement that existing requirement and also complements thew VBA’s existing power to impose license sanctions. A recent insolvency has highlighted that a minority of builders are still accepting deposits without first getting the domestic building insurance policy. It is expected that there will be further enforcement action by the VBA and other regulators in coming weeks.

It is worth remembering that HIA has a number of resources available to help you manage your business. Our website has a number of resources at this location.

Finally, late last year we advised members that the Victorian government was reviewing the Domestic Building Contracts Act. HIA is preparing a submission and has a number of points to make based on member experiences and feedback over many years. HIA has already received many comments and suggestions from members about the appropriate response to the Domestic Building Contracts Act review and we welcome more feedback. Our first virtual trade night for the year on 21 February will cover this important process and preview our submission. We encourage all home builders to join us for that event. You are of course also welcome to contact me and provide your comments and thoughts.

To find out more, contact HIA's Contracts and Compliance team

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Keith Ryan
Keith Ryan
Executive Director
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18 May
Western Australian builders win four national housing awards

Four West Australian builders successful at the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards, bringing home prestigious national awards for excellence in housing.

18 May
Northern Territory builder wins national housing award

Northern Territory builder won the Specialised Housing award at the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards, the prestigious national awards for excellence in housing.

18 May
North Queensland builder wins national housing award

North Queensland builder won the Outdoor Project award at the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards, the prestigious national awards for excellence in housing.

18 May
Canberra businesses win two national housing awards

Four Canberra businesses have been named winners at the nation’s top residential building awards, taking home two awards from the 2024 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards.


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Action plan for Victorians

The Victorian government will be releasing a Housing Statement in September.

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21 May
Trade Breakfast

Learn easy to understand strategies that work. Engaging and in-depth look at business and industry processes and implications that could impact your business.

22 May
Trade Night

Learn easy to understand strategies that work. Engaging and in-depth look at business and industry processes and implications that could impact your business.

24 May
Building Women Luncheon

Stay up-to-date professionally and get handy information for your business by attending our networking events.

24 May
Annual Golf Day

There’s more to a round of golf at a HIA Golf Day than just a relaxing hit of the ball. Experience the Riverina’s leading and most rewarding golf course. Catch up with industry friends or make new ones in an enjoyable environment.

HIA Awards

HIA Awards provide home builders and designers the opportunity to receive recognition, and showcase their work to the broader industry. Winners and finalists not only receive extensive media promotion for their business, they also get the opportunity to promote themselves as an industry leader.

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Home of the Year

Winner: BCM Homes


Project Home

Winner: B&H Homes


Renovation / Addition Project

Winner: Scott James Builder


Careers & learning

Learning a new skill or adding to your existing knowledge is the best way to advance your career and help reignite your passion for getting up in the morning and doing a job that you love. It's not just about what you can learn but also how you can use your new found knowledge to reach the next step in where you want your career to go.

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20 May
NCC 2022: Condensation Management

Learn about the essential details of the NCC 2022 changes to condensation mitigation.

25 May
Essential Elements of Roof Framing Trusses in South Australia

This course is designed to provide knowledge on the correct use and understanding of wall and roof framing plans specifically in South Australia.

25 May
Understanding the Timber Framing Code (South Australia)

This course will assist participants in understanding the current timber framing standards and outline the building regulations and the content of AS1684.2 (non-cyclonic regions classification).

29 May
Wet Area Waterproofing in New South Wales

Enhance your existing knowledge of industry standards relating to product, installation and application in the field of wet area waterproofing.

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We have been helping businesses like yours for over a decade by offering safety checks and site-specific safety systems designed to meet current workplace health and safety requirements.

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