UDIA Welcomes national focus on solutions to housing affordability and homelessness

Urban Development Institute of Australia National welcomes today’s meeting of Housing Ministers from across Australia with the common goal of finding solutions to housing affordability and homelessness.

UDIA calls on the Housing Ministers to make improving planning and approval systems to boost housing supply and reduce delays a top priority. The development industry continues to struggle under the weight of red and green tape which prevents a proper supply-side response to housing demand.
Measures should include investment incentives for states and territories to boost development ready land, fast track enabling infrastructure and streamline planning and approvals to reduce delays and costs for home purchasers.

“Both state and federal governments need to partner to find meaningful solutions to the challenge of housing costs, coupled with smart lending practices and incentives that blend home ownership with housing supply. In this way we can meet the demands for access to housing across the spectrum and begin to address the housing supply and affordability crisis,” said Maxwell Shifman, National President, UDIA. “Any measures which fail to address supply will fall short”.