The government’s failure to listen to industry concerns is impacting thousands of Tasmanians who may otherwise be eligible to receive a HomeBuilder grant.
Shadow Minister for Building and Construction Jen Butler said the definition of commencement needs to change to allow fair access to the scheme.
“In Tasmania, commencement is defined as the laying of foundation. Industry has made it clear to government it’s unrealistic to think that can be achieved within the three month period allowed under the scheme.
“Financing, planning timeframes, land supply and title issues are all likely to cause delays, and the three-month cut off will leave some new home builders ineligible to receive the money.
“The HomeBuilder grant scheme is meant to stimulate the Tasmanian economy and create a continuous stream of work to support the building and construction sector. This simply isn’t happening.
“Other states and territories have defined commencement in a way that makes the program easier to administer – with the broad definition meaning significant site preparation works are underway. This is a more realistic alternative to ensure those who apply remain eligible.
“The government’s failure to heed calls from Labor and industry experts to make this change is risking thousands of jobs and businesses that make up the building and construction industry in Tasmania.”
Shadow Minister for Building and Construction