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2015/16 CEO REPORT



In 2015, the Institute’s 40th year, we undertook a program of modernisation across all areas of our operational, commercial and membership services and activities. This resulted in a refreshed, renewed and re-energised organisation, ready to face the next era of growth.

We have focused on being an unyielding voice for Victoria’s housing and urban development industry, and placed great emphasis on being an open and inclusive association that consistently meets the service and value expectations of our membership. 


A number of elements have contributed to our value proposition. 

Policy and Advocacy

UDIA has proved itself to be a strong and consistent voice for the industry both publicly and privately with regular communications with government, media, members and more recently, the consumer audience. We continue to present evidence-based solutions to policy-makers and have achieved multiple key advocacy wins on behalf of our membership and the industry.


Industry Intelligence

UDIA has identified a strong industry appetite for intelligence and current information provided on a regular basis. We have therefore increased our research and communication activities, enabling us to feed this appetite and continuously adapt to the changing nature of member and industry needs. 



UDIA’s functions and events program has always been well regarded by the industry and we have continued to see significant growth in this area over the last 18 months. Attendance numbers have increased due to better topics, venues and greater value delivered to attendees.



We are seeing more enquiries in our EnviroDevelopment (ED) program than ever before. With sustainability at the forefront of the public agenda, our ED certification provides a critical edge for developers looking to differentiate their properties and achieve better business returns.


UDIA’s Awards for Excellence Program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015.  The program is one of the industry’s most highly regarded forms of recognition and offers applicants and winners great marketing and promotional value. In 2016, we moved the program to an online system in order to streamline the application process, information collection and judging process. Application numbers have doubled in 2016 due to the new approach, and we expect the Awards Program’s reputation to improve even further due to these process improvements.

The future is bright for the urban development sector. In Victoria in particular, UDIA’s future is filled with opportunities to increase our standing as the most credible and important voice in urban development, and to further enhance our ability to deliver solutions-led advocacy and membership services that help our industry thrive.

I am proud to be involved in an organisation with such purpose. I thank everyone who has contributed to UDIA’s success over the last 18 months, especially our President David Payes, Executive Committee, Board, Committee members, Partners, Sponsors and my dedicated team. Finally, thank you to our members for your outstanding support and contributions. 

Danni Addison,
Chief Executive Officer
Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria)

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