Urban Insights: Your wrap-up of the latest industry news

1 Apr 2021

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In this e-newsletter
– Set the Scene
– COVID-19 Industry Update
– 2021 UDIA Victoria Member Satisfaction Survey
– Government Policies and Announcements
– Rest in Peace, Adam Rischitelli
– ANZ Housing Market Update
– Affordable Housing Survey

Set the Scene.

  • Victoria’s Mid-Year Financial Report shows unemployment declined to 6.5 per cent in December compared with a peak of 7.5 per cent in June 2020.
  • Recent ABS data on residential property prices show that Melbourne recorded a rise in residential property prices in the December quarter 2020 of 3.4 per cent.
  • The Victorian government has announced that the Hotel Quarantine program for international visitors will resume on 8 April with the recommencement of arrivals to our airports.

COVID Industry Update.

  • QR Code compatibility: Sessions to help you comply.
    On 26 March, the Victorian Government announced that all businesses required to use electronic record-keeping must use a QR code that seamlessly integrates with the Victorian Government contact tracing system.  A 28 day amnesty had been granted to the Building and Construction Industry for compatibility with the government’s QR Code service. That means you have until 6.00pm on 23 April to comply with the requirement. Two sessions are being held to assist businesses comply by this date. Click here to learn more and register.
  • 6+ months without a positive case in our industry!
    Thank you and well done on your incredible efforts to keep our industry safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have not had a single positive case in our industry since 23 September 2020 – now over 6 months ago – despite the more recent regional, suburban and hotel quarantine outbreaks. 
  • Vaccination roll-out.
    With the rollout of the vaccine underway, there are questions as to whether it will be compulsory to be vaccinated to attend work. The Fair Work Ombudsman says in the current circumstances, the overwhelming majority of employers should assume that they won’t be able to require their employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
  • Industry Guidelines Rev 11 continue to apply.
    The latest advice received from the Building and Construction Industry Liaison Officer is that at this stage, Version 11 of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria’s Building and Construction Industry (released 4 March) continue to apply in all respects to our industry, including the guidance on wearing face masks. 

Keep your workplace safe with multilingual COVIDSafe communication materials.

2021 UDIA Victoria Member Satisfaction Survey.

We invite you to participate in a 3 minute survey that will help renew and enhance our understanding of your needs, so we can represent you in the best way possible.

2021 Member Satisfaction Survey (3 mins)

Government Policies and Announcements.

  • Milestone reached for first home buyer stamp duty discounts in Melbourne.
    Thousands of first home buyers have been spared millions of dollars in stamp duty costs over the past financial year. Read more.
  • Planning Assessment Guide released by DELWP to help in preparation and evaluation of State projects.
    The Clause 52.30 Assessment Guideline can be used to assist with the planning assessment and approval process associated with a proposed State Project under Clause 52.30. Read more.
  • Transition to new renting laws.
    This week, the full set of new rental laws came into effect.  Read more.
  • Road charge for zero and low emission vehicles. 
    A distance-based charge will apply for Victorian registered zero and low emission vehicles  from 1 July 2021. Read more.

Rest in Peace, Adam Rischitelli.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that a member of our industry, Adam Rischitelli, an esteemed Australian Institute Of Building Victorian Chapter Honorary and Social Secretary, was recently involved in a motorcycle accident and has passed away from his injuries.
Adam’s family has set-up a GoFundMe page to provide support to Adam’s fiancé Ayla, six month old twins Audrey and Alivia, and son Ari. 

You can find out more and donate to Adam’s family by clicking here.
May he rest in peace.

How are voluntary affordable housing negotiations unfolding in Victoria? Researchers at the University of Melbourne are keen to find out. 

Two and a half years ago the Victorian Government made a series of changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to support the negotiation of affordable housing. 

Researchers at Melbourne Uni would like to know how things have changed since 2019. If you have been involved in a negotiation or are engaged in a role that is impacted by affordable housing negotiations, they want to hear from you.

Read more.

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