Weekly wrap: Our new home, proactive planning in a pandemic, & make sure you know your responsibilities as restrictions ease.

2 Oct 2020

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INTRODUCING… a new virtual home for the urban development industry!

Team UDIA Victoria is excited to share our new website – a digital platform that breathes new life into our member services.

It’s been designed to better inform, connect, educate and represent the people and organisations that make up Victoria’s amazing building, development and construction industry.

Learn how your user experience will change here.

Issues? Reach out via the new priority enquiry queue here and select Website / Technical Issue as the enquiry type.

We hope you enjoy industry’s new virtual home. 

Second step building, development & construction sector guidance for metro Melbourne.

Following Sunday’s announcement giving our industry the green light to get up to 85% of the workforce on-site; and the reopening of display homes, land sales offices, sales suites and open for inspections (by appointment); the Victorian Government has this week released updated guidance and FAQs material for our sector. 

Note: We know you are getting a lot of information on COVID-19 restrictions. With the information constantly evolving, UDIA Victoria is working hard to communicate only the most important and credible industry-relevant information.

Important Government guidance and FAQs for each project setting under second step restrictions: 

The legally enforceable Directions from the Chief Health Officer are available here. 

Questions? You can access the Victorian Government’s construction sector FAQs here or contact Government’s dedicated Industry Liaison Officer: michael.paynter@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Important multilingual COVIDSafe message for industry. 

We need your help to keep everyone in our industry engaged with COVIDsafe practices, so we can all remain safe, and industry can remain open.

In coming weeks, you will see important COVIDSafe communication materials tailored to reach our industry’s culturally and linguistically diverse people.

What you need to do:

  • Access the multilingual COVIDSafe communication materials here.
  • Print the posters, put them up in your workplace, in all languages relevant to your workforce.
  • Share the social media tile with your community, colleagues, family and friends.
  • Tag UDIA Victoria and send pictures of to policy@udiavic.com.au so we can show government how committed our industry is to supporting the COVIDSafe mission.

Download your multilingual COVIDSafe communication materials

New regulations: rent relief for commercial tenants.

New regulations have introduced proportional rent relief for commercial tenants, and powers for rent relief orders to be made when landlords refuse to negotiate in good faith with tenants suffering losses due to the pandemic.

The regulations ensure that rent increases as well as evictions for commercial tenants where rent relief has been sought will continue to be banned until 31 December 2020.

Read more.


Appointed Chief Executive, Office of Projects Victoria 

Congratulations to Cressida Wall on her appointment as Chief Executive for the Office of Projects Victoria.

Cressida has been a remarkable industry leader as Property Council’s Victorian Chief Executive during this time of crisis. We thank Cressida for her valuable contributions to our sector, and wish her every success in her new role. 

Deputy Executive Director Matthew Kandelaars will assume the role of Interim Victorian Executive Director for the Property Council.

Re-Appointed Chair of the Fishermans Bend Development Board

City planning expert Meredith Sussex will continue to lead the organisation charged with advancing Australia’s largest urban renewal precinct – Fishermans Bend.

Joining Ms Sussex on the Fishermans Bend Developnment Board:

  • Business leader and Myer Foundation president, Martyn Myer
  • Entrepreneur and Chair of the Wheeler Centre, Susan Oliver
  • Transport industry leader, Gary Liddle
  • Former EPA chair, Cheryl Batagol
  • Ex-City of Port Phillip mayor Janet Bolitho 

Appointed Minister for Workplace Safety; Minister for Early Childhood

Ingrid Stitt has been appointed to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ ministry, filling the Cabinet vacancy left by former Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, who resigned Saturday. 

As the state’s new Minister for Workplace Safety, Ms Stitt will champion Government’s commitment to making our workplaces safer.

Complimentary EnviroDevelopment Audit.

See how your project stacks up. 

Ever wondered how sustainable your project really is? Find out with a complimentary EnviroDevelopment Audit.

The EnviroDevelopment team will assess your project and advise what level of certification you may be eligible to achieve. 

Certified projects provide a point of difference in the marketplace and provide evidence to the community, potential home buyers, and investors that your project is sustainable.

Email us to arrange a free audit.

Learn about EnviroDevelopment.

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