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.
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.
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