Roadmap to Recovery

The current UDIA Victoria Advocacy Agenda is based on our COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery.

The UDIA Victoria Roadmap to Recovery outlines our advocacy priorities as we engage with government, regulators, media and members of the urban development industry, with the mission of resuscitating the state economy and keeping 300,000 Victorians employed across our sector.

The Roadmap sends a clear a clear and compelling message to the State Government: #RebootVIC by stimulating urban development.

UDIA Victoria Roadmap to Recovery

Make Victoria the ‘Homebuyer State‘.

Secure Victoria’s economic future for generations to come.

Keep 300,000 Victorians employed.

Principles of the Roadmap to Recovery

Incentivise new homebuyers to get into the market

State Government stimulus measures and incentive packages would encourage people to buy a new home in Victoria. This is critical to broader economic activity including supporting jobs, retail spending and tax revenue.

Activate new development

Revolutionise Victoria’s planning and development approval systems to lock in job-creating projects and investment, keeping up to 300,000 Victorians employed in the building, construction and development industry.

Tax reform

19-34% of a local homebuyer’s purchase price is government taxes and charges. We need tax adjustments to make housing affordable and make sure Victoria stays competitive.

Victoria: the homeowner state

Population growth is the engine room of our economy. We must elevate Victoria’s position as an attractive place to live, work and invest. It all starts with encouraging people to call Victoria home.


Advocacy Achievements

UDIA Victoria has proven itself to be an influential voice for the urban development industry both publicly and privately through consistent engagement with government, regulators, media, industry and the general public.

We continue to present evidence-based advice, solutions and submissions to decision-makers and have subsequently achieved a raft of key advocacy wins on behalf of our membership across the most important issues affecting Victoria’s urban development industry and state liveability.

2019-20 Advocacy Highlights

Kept members in work through each phase of the COVID-19 shutdown period.

  • Advocated for industry to be classed as an essential service so we could keep more people working.
  • Developed and continually evolved government-endorsed industry safety guidelines to keep worksites, industry and our communities safe.
  • Successfully advocated for the establishment of Government’s Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce to boost industry activity and save jobs, to which UDIA Victoria sits on the Steering Committee.  
  • Influenced the easing of industry-specific restrictions in line with changing circumstances.
  • Advocated for homebuying stimulus to support industry, bolstering the case for HomeBuilder and $20,000 First Homeowner Grant in regional Victoria, both announced.

Fast-tracked building, development and construction projects.

  • Developed a fast-track pathway for shovel-ready projects, which informed Government’s Project Fast-Track initiative.
  • Influenced Government’s Building Works package, which adopts recommendations from the UDIA Victoria Action Plan to fast-track expenditure on building and construction projects.
  • Influenced a funding pipeline for social and affordable housing in Victoria.

Minimised project delays.

  • Effectively advocated for councils to extend worksite hours for construction and development sites during the pandemic.
  • Secured funding for urgent VCAT upgrades to keep matters moving.
  • Worked with Government to keep councils producing a future pipeline of industry work.
  • Developed an Advisory Note for Registered Aboriginal Parties to keep work progressing without fieldwork if necessary through the pandemic.

Positively contributed to Victorian urban development policy.

  • Influenced the Treasurer’s Office to include specific UDIA drafted sections into the State Taxation Acts Further Amendments Bill 2019, broadening the ways a landowner can satisfy the primary production requirement.
  • Guided 70% of the recommendations within the Planning and Building Approvals Process Review Discussion Paper.
  • Secured a further round of industry consultation regarding proposed Better Apartments policy, giving us greater opportunity to improve the policy changes.
  • Provided practical, ongoing industry advice to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Planning Mechanisms for Affordable Housing.
  • Started ongoing conversation with the Minister for Water on capacity concerns of Regional Water Corporations to adequately respond to the extent of growth in designated areas.
  • Brought together servicing authorities, state and local governments and industry in Mitchell Shire to work towards improving the Precinct Structure Planning process.
  • Collaborated with the Department of Treasury and Finance and Essential Services Commission to monitor and evaluate the success and effectiveness of the ESC investigation into electricity connections.
  • Influenced the significant update of the ICP Guidelines through input on the ICP Steering and Technical Advisory Groups.
  • Worked with the VPA towards streamlining the administration of GAIC staged payments.
  • Influenced DELWP to prepare draft code assess pathways for several application types.
  • Reached an interim agreement enabling early construction at specific locations within the Victorian Desalination Plant easement accompanied by an interim risk management process.

2018-2019 Advocacy Highlights

  • Influenced the Treasurer’s Office to include specific UDIA drafted sections into the State Taxation Acts Further Amendments Bill 2019, broadening the ways a landowner can satisfy the primary production requirement.
  • Guided 70% of the recommendations within the Planning and Building Approvals Process Review Discussion Paper; a direct result of our tremendous advocacy work which included running several development site tours, workshops, briefings and tutorials exclusively for the Commissioner and her Better Regulation team in charge of the review.
  • Successfully advocated DELWP to include a further round of industry consultation regarding proposed Better Apartments policy, giving us greater opportunity to improve the policy changes.
  • Provided practical, ongoing industry advice to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Planning Mechanisms for Affordable Housing, which continues to play a meaningful role in preparing advice for the Minister.
  • Started ongoing conversation with the Minister for Water on capacity concerns of Regional Water Corporations to adequately respond to the extent of growth in designated areas.
  • Brought together servicing authorities, state and local governments and industry in Mitchell Shire to work towards improving the Precinct Structure Planning process.
  • Collaborated with the Department of Treasury and Finance and Essential Services Commission to monitor and evaluate the success and effectiveness of the ESC investigation into electricity connections.
  • Represented industry in the Advisory Committee advising the Treasurer and Minister for Planning on the establishment of a Build to Rent system.
  • Increased understanding of commercial factors that influence affordable housing agreements through the UDIA Introduction to Property Development Economics for Affordable Housing course, which was attended by over 50 State and Local Government Officers.
  • Influenced the significant update of the ICP Guidelines through input on the ICP Steering and Technical Advisory Groups.
  • Worked with the VPA towards streamlining the administration of GAIC staged payments.
  • Influenced DELWP to prepare draft code assess pathways for several application types.
  • Reached an interim agreement enabling early construction at specific locations within the Victorian Desalination Plant easement accompanied by an interim risk management process.
  • Established the UDIA Urban Renewal and Built Form Committee to better address fiscal, planning and building policy and legislation regarding the delivery of new housing in urban renewal and infill developments.

2017-18 Advocacy Highlights

  • Launched the Residential Development Index (RDI), which called out the oversupply myth by alerting Government, media and the general public to big discrepancies in the housing demand and supply levels being forecast, planned for, and delivered. This has set the scene for improved population growth forecasting to establish a better fact base for decision-making around Government infrastructure investment and housing sector policy.
  • Led the charge for better governance, transparency and spending of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) fund, driving Government to commit over 58% of funds collected in 2016/17 (as of Dec 2017, with the assurance of significantly more to come by July 2018) with a renewed focus on longer term, significant growth area infrastructure projects. 
  • Influenced State Government to address issues with GAIC Works-in-Kind (WIK) agreements, which subsequently saw the first GAIC WIK agreement announced in 2017 after years of policy development and industry engagement. VPA has now established a GAIC WIKs Working Group with UDIA Victoria as a key member to further address industry issues hindering the agreement process.  
  • Bolstered the case against parliamentary revocations of Planning Scheme Amendments with a widely distributed industry policy position and media release that were both read aloud and referred to repeatedly in Parliamentary debate.
  • Strategically steered Government’s Smart Planning program as a key member of the Smart Planning Advisory Group, influencing meaningful progress in reforming the Victorian Planning Provisions that has positively impacted over half of all permit applications.
  • Provided regular, direct and open advice to the TreasurerPlanning MinisterMinister for Suburban DevelopmentVictorian Planning Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on the supply and demand factors driving Victoria’s housing market.
  • Loudly advocated for planning certainty in Fishermans Bend through several private and public communications including a prominent opinion piece published in The Age. 
  • Successfully advocated for the removal two of the three prescribed mandatory notification stages for construction or alteration of building that were proposed in the regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Building Regulations Sunset Review.
  • Highlighted major inefficiencies in the post-PSP process through a comprehensive submission and collection of case studies. As a result, State Government is now undertaking several initiatives to address the issues presented by the UDIA Victoria submission.
  • Provided solid input as a key member of Government’s Streamlining for Growth Working Group, which continues to drive several initiatives focused on speeding up the delivery of greenfield projects.
  • Made the case to increase the powers and influence of the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), leading the Minister for Planning to issue a new direction that gives VPA’s policy positions and views greater authority at VCAT and Panels in relation to Amendments the VPA has been directed to provide advice about.
  • Worked closely with policy-makers on the development of the new Infrastructure Contribution Plan system for regional Victoria, following on from the system’s implementation in the growth areas. 
  • Effectively made the case for the allowance of some site-based information to supplement mapped information in the new Native Vegetation rules, which now offer the opportunity to demonstrate through ground-truthing that certain species do not exist in an area, therefore eliminating the offsetting requirement.

UDIA Victoria Advocacy Team

DANNI HUNTER
Chief Executive Officer
danni@udiavic.com.au

HYATT NIDAM
Engagement and Communications Manager  
hyatt@udiavic.com.au