Weekly wrap: ‘Return to full capacity’ strategy, pre-budget submission, updated industry guidelines, MICLUP win.

28 Aug 2020

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Industry’s ‘return to full capacity’ strategy. 

UDIA Victoria has joined forces with other peak bodies and unions to send the Premier of Victoria and the Crisis Council of Cabinet an important strategy for the building, development and construction industry to return to full capacity as soon as possible.

The correspondence and strategy paper provides an update on the proactive measures and initiatives our sector has actioned and planned within the limitations of the Stage 4 restrictions.

Most importantly, it demonstrates how and why our industry is equipped to return to the former Stage 3 restrictions. Should a more cautious health-based approach be required for returning to work, the strategy paper also presents joint proactive interim measures for consideration by the Victorian Government. 

Click here to view our letter to the Premier and Return to Full Industry Capacity strategy.

Calling for an industry-led recovery. 

On ABC News Breakfast yesterday, UDIA Victoria CEO Danni Hunter emphasised the need for State Government to release a plan for Victoria to open back up and build the road to economic recovery.

While talking about the State of Emergency in Victoria and the economic impact of COVID-19, Danni reinforced the ability of our building, development and construction industry to resuscitate the economy, while keeping our people and our communities safe.

We are urging the Andrews Government to turn our industry back on as soon as possible, to give the community and the economy much needed confidence moving forward.  

Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged a plan will soon be announced for how Victoria will transition out of Stage 4 lockdown. He has revealed jobs will be a major focus in the coming weeks, which is exactly why our industry – employer of approximately 300,000 Victorian jobs – must be a key plank of the road to recovery.

UDIA Victoria delivered our Roadmap to Recovery to the Victorian Government in May. We’ll be taking this forward with new gusto in coming weeks.

Click here to access the UDIA Victoria Roadmap to Recovery.

UDIA National pre-Budget submission. 

UDIA National has lodged its 2020/21 pre-budget submission with the Commonwealth Government.

This important submission focuses on three core themes: 
•    Making new residential construction a public policy priority due to the economic significance of the sector;
•    Prioritising policies that both help with the economic recovery, and provide lasting benefits well beyond the period of the pandemic; and
•    Prioritising policies which help cut red and green tape, transform inefficient and inequitable taxes and secure better dividends from infrastructure investment.

Click here to access the 2020/21 UDIA National Pre-Budget submission. 

Updated industry COVID-19 Guidelines V7. 

Version 7 of the COVID-19 Guidelines for Victoria’s Building and Construction Industry have been released.

This revision incorporates the new DHHS Directions for Stage 4 Restrictions across metro Melbourne and includes links to full details of the Restrictions and Guidance.
The Guidelines have been developed by UDIA Victoria with a united group of industry associations and unions, and informed by relevant Government authorities including WorkSafe and DHHS.

Click here to access V7 Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry
Click here to access the explanatory note: What’s changed since V6 of the Guidelines

Continuing to comply with these Guidelines; in conjunction with information on the Business Victoria website and DHHS website; will help us facilitate the best case scenario for industry under current circumstances.

Need assistance with the Guidelines?

Industry Liaison Officer: The Victorian Government has, on the advice of industry, appointed Michael Paynter to the role of Industry Liaison Officer, engaged by the DHHS. Please ensure you engage with Michael Paynter for any assistance with the Guidelines, particularly if there are any positive COVID-19 diagnoses on any of your sites.

COVID-19 hotline for industry: A specific COVID-19 hotline has been established for the building and construction industry. This number is being managed by DHHS through a dedicated call centre set up within the Victorian Building Authority. The number is 1800 675 398.

ADVOCACY WIN: Implementation of the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has responded to UDIA Victoria’s submission regarding the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP) advising that the Victorian Government has adopted our recommendation to delegate oversight of the implementation of the MICLUP to the Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel (MDAP).

Membership of the MDAP includes the six Chairpersons of the Metropolitan Partnerships as well as four members with skills and experience in planning, economics, environment and community development.

Delegating to the MDAP is preferable to the alternative of leaving the implementation of MICLUP to

Click here to read the letter from Minister Wynne.

Click here to read our submission.

2020 Local Council elections.

Local council elections will be held in Victoria by post this October.

Enrolment closes at 4 pm today, Friday 28 August 2020.

Are your details up to date?

You can check your details online on the VEC’s Check My Enrolment portal.

2020 UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence: Entry deadline extended to 18 September. 

Given the huge impact of Stage 3 and 4 restrictions across Victoria, the 2020 UDIA Awards for Excellence entry deadline has been extended.


Click here for more information.