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Government to work with housing industry



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k T h e Hon. J o h n Mo o r e , MP lr M inister for Industry, S cien ce and Tourism

EM BARGOED UNTIL 8PM , S aturday 18 M ay 1996 38/96

G O V ER N M EN T TO W O R K W ITH H O U SIN G INDUSTRY

The Federal Government plans to work closely with the Australian housing industry to help improve the industry's domestic and international competitiveness, the Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism, John Moore, said in Adelaide today.

Speaking at the opening of the Housing Industry Association’s National Convention, “AUSBUTLD 96”, Mr Moore said: “One o f the Government's highest priorities is the removal of inconsistencies in building regulations.”

Inconsistent regulations between the three levels of government hampered the effectiveness of the housing industry.

The housing and construction industry impacts both economically and socially on the well-being of Australia and the Government is keen to work in close partnership to assist the sector to realise its full potential," Mr Moore said.

“The inconsistencies are a significant battier to the industry's domestic and international competitiveness.

“The Government is planning to work with the States and Territories to achieve national consistency across the various regulatory environments. We want to streamline the regulatory environment in which the housing Industry operates.

This Government can provide the leadership required to bring the various strands to gather and promote an integrated approach to regulatory reform," Mr Moore said.

“For home builders, new initiatives will provide opportunities in a national market as well as cost savings through reduced red tape.

“Consumers should benefit through more affordable housing.”

The housing industry is one of Australia's most highly regulated industry sectors. Regulations occur across a number of areas, including licensing and qualifications, zoning and development, building standards, insurance and warranties, work practices, occupational health and safety, and industrial relations.

Items which the Government plans to address include: licensing end registration of home builders; accreditation end approvals processes for new building products; a performance-based housing code; and warranty/insurance arrangements for home buyers.

The Minister has also accepted an invitation to participate today on the HIA’s Housing and Urban Development Council, a forum for peak housing and urban development industry representatives.

Contacts: CMR044

Cheryl Cartwright Mr Moore’s Office 06 277 7580

Christiana Cobbold DIST 0412 481859