Further detail about the Federal Government’s plan to help first home buyers through its loan deposit scheme is a welcome step in helping more Australians into property ownership and improving confidence in the housing sector.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has supported the Federal Government’s on-going focus on Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, which sits at the foreground of developing Australia’s future skilled workforce.
“The appointment of Scott Cam as the first National Careers Ambassador is recognition of both the opportunity a trade career offers someone and the importance of the vocational education and training pathway to access that career,” said Kristin Brookfield, HIA Chief Executive Industry Policy.
The Victorian Government will introduce new design standards for the outside of apartment buildings, to ensure new developments are built to a high-quality, and improve the look and feel of local neighbourhoods.
The COAG meeting of state and territory leaders with the Prime Minister presents a golden opportunity to bring the VET sector back into the frame of Australia’s education system. Vocational education and trade training must receive the same recognition as other education pathways.
Faster permits are on track to be the norm for Victorian businesses with more than half of all councils engaged in the Victorian Government’s Better Approvals Project cutting business permit processing times.
Master Builders welcomes the agreement by State and Territory Building Ministers to work with the Federal Government on a consistent Australia-wide approach to implementation of the Shergold-Weir Report recommendations.