• UDIA National: Building a Better Australia

    2019-06-25

    UDIA National: Building a Better Australia

    The Urban Development Institute of Australia has moved quickly to engage with the re-elected Morrison Government – unveiling a post-election action plan and beginning a series of planned meetings with Ministers.
    UDIA National has today released a post-election action plan entitled “National Policy Priorities For The New Government – Building A Better Australia”.

    The plan outlines six policy priorities across population, cities, infrastructure, housing, tax and regulation and builds on our national policy priorities document released late last year.

    UDIA National has also commenced an initial round of briefings with the Government – having already met the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, last week.

    UDIA National Executive Director Connie Kirk says the plan presents a blueprint for policy priorities that can enhance the global competitiveness of Australian cities and improve housing markets.

    “We are taking a proactive approach to working with the re-elected Government on initiatives to boost the performance of our cities, access to finance and reignite housing markets,” says Ms Kirk.

    “Steps by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to ease barriers to housing finance are consistent with our agenda, and we will be advancing other policy priorities that provide short and long-term benefit.”

    The six-point plan promotes six ideas to cement the benefits of reform:

    • Entrench the emerging new policy framework to get population settings right
    • Create a Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Accord to deliver long term certainty in planning and delivery
    • Audit the current infrastructure pipeline to assess opportunities for better alignment of infrastructure planning and land release
    • Properly design and fund the new mandate on housing supply, demand and affordability
    • Identify short, medium and long-term steps to reform and strip back taxes on new housing
    • Commence a review of environmental planning practices.
    Ms Kirk says UDIA National will be moving quickly to extend its engagement across all relevant ministers and agencies, as well as the Opposition, to promote the policy platform.

    “The priorities we’re promoting have a dual benefit – giving a kickstart to housing construction in the short-term, as well as entrenching ideas that have a long-term, linked and lasting dividend.

    “Population policy and analysis can inform the choices we make about the design and infrastructure of our cities, as well as long-term land use strategies to deliver housing supply and diversity.

    “We also need to recognise that reforms to the taxation, in particular stamp study reform and regulatory burdens, placed on housing construction take time to entrench, so triggering the start of changes now makes sense.”

    Ms Kirk says UDIA National will be undertaking a round of media briefings to profile the industry’s agenda and maintain a proud public voice on behalf of members.

    A full copy of the Building A Better Australia is available at http://www.udia.com.au/news/national-policy-priorities