• National: Parliament House Briefings

    2019-12-02

    National: Parliament House Briefings

    UDIA National has just completed a two-day swing through Parliament House in Canberra briefing political leaders on the state of the industry and our advocacy priorities.

    Members of the National Council, along with Executive Director, Connie Kirk held almost 15 meetings with ministers, shadow ministers and senior agency officials.

    The two-day briefing session coincides with the release of Building a Better Australia – our National Policy Priorities for 2020. Find our more here https://www.udiapriorities.com.au. You can also download a PDF copy of the document here https://www.udiapriorities.com.au/udia-policy.

    Meetings with the Government included Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Environment Minister Sussan Ley, Housing Minister Michael Sukkar, Cities & Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Red Tape, Ben Morton – as well as Chair of the House Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee, John Alexander.

    We also met a range of shadow ministers including Catherine King (Transport & Infrastructure), Jason Clare (Housing) and Andrew Giles (Cities and Urban Infrastructure) – which gave us insight into the Opposition’s cycle for policy development and the chance to provide ongoing advice and ideas.

    Two main focus areas emerged:
    - There is an acute understanding of the looming slowdown in housing construction and risks that thinning development pipelines present for affordability and the economy; and
    - The review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act represents a rare opportunity to make a major cut to red and green tape.

    Problems with the EPBC Act were arguably the most consistent theme through all the meetings and our schedule included an hour with the head of the Independent Review, Professor Graeme Samuel.

    We will soon be reaching out to members to seek case examples to inform the submission process and ongoing engagement with the Government and the review.

    UDIA National also secured commitments for a series of follow up meetings with key ministers and the new Centre for Population to allow for a greater deep dive on policy priorities.

    We will continue to report back to members on how they can participate and support our advocacy efforts and engagement with policy makers across the aisle.