HIA wants migrants to build homes for migrants


The Housing Industry Association has used its budget submission to urge federal government action to address chronic labour shortages in the construction sector.

One of its key recommendations is for changes to the visa system to attract migrants with the trade skills that are in short supply, including through a “construction trade contractor visa”.

The HIA contends that the government will not meet its target of building 1.2 million new homes in five years without implementing such measures.

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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.