Building

Communities Together

 

We understand what a good home or a good office or a good commercial space means to the people who live or work there, both the physical aspects and the sense of community and connection.

As an industry, we set the foundation for safe, , walkable  and connected communities. We think about open space, amenity, bike lanes, schools, public transport, distance from work.

Australia’s property industry is not only proud to create great communities – we give back to them and understand the need for foster and support people.

Less red tape

Red tape reduction eases the time and cost of doing business, lifts productivity and allows innovation to flourish.

Reducing red tape brings down costs and speeds up the delivery of key projects, infrastructure and new developments.

Significant red-tape reductions in the property industry can be achieved by ensuring:

  • Independent and depoliticised development application assessment processes
  • A common market for property related laws
  • A single national code for building regulations
  • Common real estate licensing across Australia
  • A one-stop shop for environmental assessments and approvals covering state and federal regulations
  • A streamlined arrangement for reporting sustainability obligations.
Better planning

Better planning frameworks mean more homes can be delivered faster and more affordably. 

Good planning also creates stronger cities and regions, more jobs and robust economic growth.

Effective planning systems across Australia can be achieved by:  

  • Making planning rules in each state and territory simpler, consistent and efficient - and backed by accountability
  • Introducing more ‘code assessment’ to see approvals fast-tracked
  • Aligning land use plans with state and territory infrastructure strategies
  • Enhancing the use of independent development assessment to take the politics out of planning  
  • Streamlining the number of local councils in urban centres
  • Introducing effective community engagement when local planning schemes are formulated and eliminating third party appeals to approved development applications
  • Mandating local housing development and employment targets in the strategic plans for our cities
  • Mandating accountability, performance targets and reporting for local government  
  • Requiring all states and territories to introduce and maintain a ‘performance-based’ culture in local planning systems.
Tackling homelessness

The property industry is proud to support the work of the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), an industry charity dedicated to making a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness.

Companies and workers across the property industry provide both hands-on time and financial support for a wide-range of projects that include building PIF Houses around the country for young homeless people as well as supporting charity-managed initiatives focused on education, employment and well-being.

The Foundation’s goal is to build 125 bedrooms in five years. In 2017 two new PIF Houses were opened in NSW and two more buildings are in the pipeline for 2018.

You can find out more about the Foundation’s important work at https://www.pif.com.au
Promoting diversity

Improving diversity is a key priority across the property industry. The industry is committed to driving greater gender equality and increasing the number of women in leadership roles. 

A suite of important initiatives is being implemented across the industry to achieve lasting change, from closing the gender pay gap to encouraging more young women to pursue a career in property.

They include:

Property Male Champions of Change

Convened by Carol Schwartz AM, it brings together senior leaders across the industry’s development and construction, investment, funds management and agency sectors to take action to improve gender equality in the industry.

The Panel Pledge

The Panel Pledge is a commitment made by any speaker requested to participate in a panel or forum, to ask the organiser about the gender balance of the program and highlight their commitment to diversity. It involves actively encouraging women voices in the property industry and persevering to achieve change.

500 Women in Property

500 Women in Property is a personal commitment from Property Council members to champion women in their organisation or business sphere, who they believe would benefit from further networking and professional development opportunities.

Girls in Property

Girls in Property Week was a pilot program run in 2017, endorsed by the NSW Department of Education, to raise awareness and encourage greater female participation in the property industry, introduce the career options available in the industry to the participants and help high school aged girls make informed choices about their future career. The aim is to expand the program in 2018.

 

 

Securing your future

Read more about our solutions for:

  • Housing affordability
  • Cities
  • Infrastructure
  • Sustainability
  • Fair taxes

Better planning frameworks mean more homes can be delivered faster and more affordably.

Good planning also creates stronger cities and regions, more jobs and robust economic growth.

Effective planning systems across Australia can be achieved by:  

  • Making planning rules in each state and territory simpler, consistent and efficient - and backed by accountability
  • Introducing more ‘code assessment’ to see approvals fast-tracked
  • Aligning land use plans with state and territory infrastructure strategies
  • Enhancing the use of independent development assessment to take the politics out of planning  
  • Streamlining the number of local councils in urban centres
  • Introducing effective community engagement when local planning schemes are formulated and eliminating third party appeals to approved development applications
  • Mandating local housing development and employment targets in the strategic plans for our cities
  • Mandating accountability, performance targets and reporting for local government  
  • Requiring all states and territories to introduce and maintain a ‘performance-based’ culture in local planning systems.

The property industry not only creates new communities, it also provides the resources to underpin government services right around the country.

Every year the industry contributes $87.9 billion in taxes to federal, state, territory and local governments. That’s 18.2 percent of all the taxes paid across the country.

That's money supporting community services and infrastructure. Governments - and the community - rely on a healthy property industry to underpin their programs. Together, we're providing for communities.

The property industry is proud to support the work of the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), an industry charity dedicated to making a tangible difference to the serious and persistent problem of youth homelessness.

Companies and workers across the property industry provide both hands-on time and financial support for a wide-range of projects that include building PIF Houses around the country for young homeless people as well as supporting charity-managed initiatives focused on education, employment and well-being.

The Foundation’s goal is to build 125 bedrooms in five years. In 2017 two new PIF Houses were opened and two more buildings are in the pipeline for 2018.

You can find out more about the Foundation’s important work at www.pif.com.au

Improving diversity is a key priority across the property industry. The industry is committed to driving greater gender equality and increasing the number of women in leadership roles. 

A suite of important initiatives is being implemented across the industry to achieve lasting change, from closing the gender pay gap to encouraging more young women to pursue a career in property.

They include:

Property Male Champions of Change

Convened by Reserve Bank Board Member Carol Schwartz AM, it brings together senior leaders across the industry’s development and construction, investment, funds management and agency sectors to take action to improve gender equality in the industry.

Diversity training portal

An online repository of research, reports and learnings to help companies promote gender diversity. Much of the material on the diversity portal has been generated through the Property Male Champions for Change.

The Panel Pledge

The Panel Pledge is a commitment made by any speaker requested to participate in a panel or forum, to ask the organiser about the gender balance of the program and highlight their commitment to diversity. It involves actively encouraging women voices in the property industry and persevering to achieve change.

500 Women in Property

500 Women in Property is a personal commitment from Property Council members to champion a female colleague through an industry sponsorship program delivering them further networking and professional development opportunities.

Girls in Property

Girls in Property Week was a pilot program run in 2017, endorsed by the NSW Department of Education, to raise awareness and encourage greater female participation in the property industry, introduce the career options available in the industry to the participants and help high school aged girls make informed choices about their future career. The aim is to expand the program in 2018.

Read more about our solutions for:

  • Housing affordability
  • Cities
  • Infrastructure
  • Sustainability
  • Fair taxes