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The residential construction industry is now officially back up and running.

February 02, 2020

With the summer school holidays finally over, the residential construction industry is now officially back up and running.

Already, the first half of the year is looking busy.

I’ve been working closely with the Department of Communities relation to their Housing Strategy. Just before Christmas, our Regional Executive Committee heard from Tiffany Allen, Communities’ Executive Director of Housing and Homelessness on the strategy and how it will be executed. 
We are looking forward to hearing more about this important policy update in coming months.

We will also be sharing with members more information about the Government’s recently announced $125 million social housing commitment in support of the strategy.

In addition to these welcome policy developments, it was also encouraging to see new homes sales up 14.4% in the 3 months to November 2019 compared to the previous 3 months. This is a great sign 2020 will see the WA housing market continue its slow & steady recovery. Consumers who’ve been biding their time will now also start to get back in.

The start of 2020 has also brought about new opportunities in the training space. HIA WA have our Diploma of Medium Rise Construction course starting next week and we’ve been really pleased to see a boost in enquires to the HIA apprentice program. 

Finally, I wanted to make a special shout out to Rick Brine who has been supporting the HIA apprentice program for more than 15 years - thanks Rick and to everyone who is helping train our next generation of trades! Sustaining and growing training will be critically important for our industry in 2020 to ensure we have the capacity and relevant skill to support a return to growth in our sector. If you feel ready to take on an apprentice, please contact the HIA office on 9492 9200.