Building and construction is so important in making our communities stronger and more prosperous. 

Whether its achieving the dream of home ownership, ensuring buildings are efficient, safe and sustainable, or delivering roads and hospitals; building and construction is central to helping the community acheive their aspirations and meet their expectations. 

The problem is that costs, including the of land for new housing, keep going up - putting new homes out of reach for many Australians and making the community pay more for much needed public infrastructure. State and local government levies, taxes and rules keep on getting bigger and changing the way homes are taxed will make this problem even worse. 

Everyone understands that buildings need to be safe, sustainable and efficient - the challenge is to make sure this can happen without pushing up costs for families and communities. Master Builders Australia wants to work with the next Federal Government to achieve this aim through several key policies. 

Safe, Efficent & Quality Buildings 

Everyone agrees that we need safe, efficient and quality buildings. We want to work with governments at all levels to acheive these things in a smart, effective way that does not force up costs. 

The next Federal Government must: 

  • Ensure the National Construction Code is practical and effective, by retaining federal oversight to guard against changes by stealth. 
  • Show leadership in improving the way state and territory regulators enforce building rules and improving consistency around Australia, and provide all the necessary resources to help the work of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). 
  • Ensure that all proposed changes to technical building regulations are thoroughly vetted to make sure that they actually work. 
  • Make no changes to energy stringency rules unless they are market driven and come at no cost to average Australians. 

Meet the Housing Needs of All Australians

The adequate supply of appropriate and affordable housing is a critical part of the Australian economic and social fabric. 

As a nation, Australia has one of the highest rates of home-ownership in the world. But the cost of a family home, over the past decade, is pushing home-ownership out of the reach for many Australians. 

The next Federal Government must: 

  • Not increase Capital Gains Tax or impose restrictions on Negative Gearing. 
  • Maintain the tax-free status of the family home. 
  • Work with industry to tackle ever increasing levies, charges and taxes imposed by state and local governments which are passed on to home buyers and home owners. 
  • Fix the uncoordinated, excessive and unncessary planning, building, and environmental regulations which simply don't work and make new homes expensive. 
  • Implement the recommendations in the Master Builders Australia publication Unlocking Supply, Keeping home ownership within reach of all Australians. 

Deliver Much Needed Community Infrastructure

It's so important that the community gets more schools, roads and hospitals delivered on time and in a way that doesn't waste taxpayer's money. 

The next Federal Government must: 

  • Continue to increase infrastructure spending. 
  • Support the ongoing role Infrastructure Australia plays in coordinating infrastructure planning and investment. 
  • Build on policies that coordinate levels of government and incentivise states and territories to improve policy for housing. 

 

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