Housing construction inquiry
The Commission has concluded a public inquiry into regulation of the housing construction sector and related issues.
It presented its final report to the Treasurer on 17 October 2005.
The Victorian Government asked the Commission to inquire into and report on:
1. the competition and other impacts of Victorian regulations affecting housing construction in the State, including, but not limited to, the approval, design, building and maintenance of housing;
2. the benefits and costs, duration and impact on competition of permits, licences and fees issued by Victorian regulatory bodies for housing construction and related practitioners;
3. opportunities to improve regulations in the sector;
4. ways to improve the processes for developing, administering and enforcing regulations in the sector;
5. current arrangements and opportunities to improve the existing development contributions system; and
6. the appropriateness of performance indicators for regulatory bodies in the Victorian housing construction sector.
Taxation arrangements, land development issues (such as land supply, zoning and infrastructure service provision), industrial relations and native vegetation management were outside the scope of the inquiry.
The Commissioners who conducted the inquiry were Graham Evans (Chair), Robert Kerr (Presiding Commissioner) and Alice Williams.
The final inquiry report, Housing Regulation in Victoria: Building Better Outcomes (pdf 5.20 MB), has been released by the Treasurer on 17 April 2006.
The Government's response to the final report has also been released: Government Response to Housing Inquiry (pdf 259 KB)
The Government released a progress report (pdf 187 KB) on implementation of its response to the housing inquiry in September 2007.
Final Report (released 17 April 2006)
Draft Report (released 13 July 2005)
Issues Paper (including Terms of Reference)
Public Hearing Transcipts