CHANGES to the Turnbull ministry announced on January 18 show the Federal Government is committed to focus more on housing, according to the Housing Industry Association.
The association’s industry policy chief executive Kristin Brookfield said it welcomed the appointment of Senator Arthur Sinodinos as the Innovation and Science Minister, along with the appointment of Michael Sukkar to the new position of Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.
“Senator Sinodinos has significant experience and understanding of the housing industry,’’ she said.
“The industry portfolio includes oversight of building standards and their administration by states and territories which is fundamental to the delivery of new housing.
“Ensuring appropriate national building standards are maintained and state approval processes are effective is an important role for the Federal Government and has a direct impact on housing construction and affordability.
“Supporting innovation in building construction and building materials is also an important part of this portfolio.
“With the fast changing pace of technology and the global marketplace for building materials, recognising the importance of, and supporting, Australian building product manufacturers is fundamental to housing affordability.
“The appointment of a new assistant minister to the treasurer to focus on housing affordability is also welcomed.
“The inclusion of this role within the Treasury portfolio is a significant step by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to recognise the Federal Government has a key role in guiding the states and territories to better manage housing supply.
“Creating this position within Treasury presents an opportunity to look at the complex issues affecting housing affordability including the disproportionate level of taxation on new housing and the need for planning reform.
“The association looks forward to working with the new ministers.’’