UDIA NATIONAL POLICY PRIORITIES 2022

2022 National Policy platform clearly positions housing and construction as central to Australia’s prosperity, as we recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.

Built around six key themes, our platform entitled ‘Resilience. Recovery. Reform’ maps the policy solutions needed to turbocharge Australia’s economy, boost home ownership and unlock the industry’s full productive potential.

Our policy platform will, in turn, inform our strategic approach to the Federal Election due in the first half of 2022, with UDIA National well underway in developing a detailed campaign strategy.

Housing drives economic growth

The critical role that new housing and construction plays in fuelling economic activity is evident in new independent research undertaken by EY on behalf of UDIA National.

The research illustrates that 7.5 percent of national economic activity is generated by construction – along with 750,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The multiplier effect for demand and services generated across the supply chain is crucial for new jobs creation and more importantly domestic consumption.

In total, the direct and indirect output generated is a staggering $312 billion making the industry one of the most vital to Australia’s economic success.

Housing and construction were central to Australia’s ability to withstand the worst economic effects of the pandemic – and can help turbocharge the recovery with the right policy settings.

It is also crucial that game-changing reforms to better balance housing markets are delivered, and help the nation reduce the gap between supply and demand – with the supply deficit widening to as much as 200,000 homes over the past decade.

Tackling the tax, planning and regulatory barriers to the delivery of more housing is one of the great public policy imperatives facing the nation.

UDIA National Policy Priorities 2022

2022 National Policy platform clearly positions housing and construction as central to Australia’s prosperity, as we recover from the economic effects of COVID-19.

Built around six key themes, our platform entitled ‘Resilience. Recovery. Reform’ maps the policy solutions needed to turbocharge Australia’s economy, boost home ownership and unlock the industry’s full productive potential.

Our policy platform will, in turn, inform our strategic approach to the Federal Election due in the first half of 2022, with UDIA National well underway in developing a detailed campaign strategy.

> Download a PDF copy of our National Policy Priorities for 2022 now.

UDIA NATIONAL’S 2022 POLICY AGENDA SEEKS TO:

1. Turbocharge Housing Supply and Choice
To meet the demands for home ownership and access to housing across the spectrum.

2. Maintain a Focus on our Cities and Regions
Ensure our cities and regions are fit-for-purpose and positioned to accommodate future growth by delivering durable strategic planning and infrastructure delivery.

3. Streamline Environmental Approvals
To produce a better balance of environmental, social and economic outcomes.

4. Reform Planning Systems
Overhaul the biggest barrier to housing affordability and make planning systems work that deliver much needed supply.

5. Restore Population Growth and Migration
Fast track the task of post-pandemic population planning to consolidate our economic recovery.

6. Maintain a focus on home ownership and credit availability
Keep home ownership in reach with smart lending practices and incentives that blend home ownership with housing supply.