Inaugural summit brings together building industry, and local and key State governments departments
Provides forum to make building, planning and government processes more efficient
A Building Industry Summit today aims to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes, residential renovations and commercial construction.
As part of a multi-agency commitment to progress work already achieved in the building sector, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin, Planning Minister John Day and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson will all participate in the day-long event.
Premier Colin Barnett, who will open the summit, said the event demonstrated the Government's commitment to removing unnecessary road blocks which frustrated Western Australian businesses and families.
"Today, State Government agencies and local governments will hear first-hand any concerns from industry and exchange ideas on how to improve the building process," Mr Barnett said.
"After the forum, it is my expectation that all participants will turn these discussions into action because there are big benefits for people working in the construction industry, for couples building their first home and for families who are renovating their existing home."
The summit will contribute to a more efficient building process by:
- identifying opportunities for simpler and more consistent building, planning and local government processes
- strengthening relationships between the building industry, and local and State government departments.
Mr Mischin said industries worldwide were being faced with challenges brought about by the likes of globalisation, changing technologies and consumer demands for quality and diverse housing options at a value-for-money price.
"By working together, we can establish a more efficient regulatory environment that supports the building industry and gives it the edge it needs to face these challenges, innovate and reach new heights in productivity," he said.
The summit was proposed by Mr Mischin on his return from the national Building Ministers' Forum in July 2015. He will take the summit outcomes to the next meeting of the Building Ministers' Forum on February 19, 2016
The WA building and construction industry contributes more than 10% of State's economy
In WA, the construction industry is the largest employer of any sector - it represents 11.1% of the workforce; 10.4% of Gross State Product; and 47 per cent of total apprentices in the workforce (including electricians)
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