New housing fuels affordability: HIA's Graham Wolfe

New housing fuels affordability: HIA's Graham Wolfe
New housing fuels affordability: HIA's Graham Wolfe

GUEST OBSERVER

The Housing Industry Association urges the Federal Government and Opposition to commit to actions targeting housing supply constraints in their election platforms.

Providing affordable homes to house our growing, ageing and increasingly diverse population requires more than one line references about increasing supply.

Providing affordable homes that cater for families large and small, in capital cities and regional centres, in city centres and their suburbs requires vision and planning.

We don’t have a national housing plan.

Successive Federal Governments have failed to coalesce the roles, responsibilities and endeavours of state, territory and local governments. Governments at all levels, and their well-intentioned agencies, work outside of a national housing strategy. They don’t act in unison, towards a national goal.

It’s like attempting to piece together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing the image or landscape.

With an ageing workforce and mounting pressure on publicly funded services, the Federal Government cannot simply dismiss housing affordability as a supply problem for the states to solve.

An incoming Federal Government must do better. It needs to provide national leadership and vision, and the resources to support better targeted initiatives to increase the supply of both private and public housing.

Committing to a dedicated Federal Minister for Housing, within Cabinet, and establishing a national land planning council to provide national monitoring and reporting of land supply across each stage of the supply pipeline are high on the HIA’s list of imperatives.

Instigating a holistic inquiry into the added cost of housing caused by taxes, excessive regulations and delays in planning assessments is also a priority for the housing industry. 

Graham Wolfe is chief executive industry policy and media, HIA and can be contacted here. 

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Housing Affordability Housing Supply

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