The Australian Government and South East Queensland Councils are working together to improve housing affordability across the region, with the Target 5 Days project set to deliver approvals for low risk residential developments within five days.
Queensland Senator Mark Furner, representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Tony Burke, joined the Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman to launch the project in Brisbane today.
“I applaud the Council of Mayors for establishing this new and innovative system to improve their development assessment processes,” Senator Furner said.
“With funding of over $4 million through the Gillard Government’s Housing Affordability Fund, the Target 5 Days project will assist councils to address some of the barriers to the supply of affordable housing for the growing South-east Queensland population.
“The Housing Affordability Fund is a key part of the Gillard Government’s investment in providing affordable housing for Australians.
“This project will result in a five-day turnaround of residential approvals by councils, contributing to an astounding 75 per cent reduction in the average development assessment timeframes.”
Launching the project in Brisbane today, Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Councillor Campbell Newman said SEQ Councils are always searching for new and innovative ways to improve their development assessment processes.
“SEQ Councils recognise that reducing DA timeframes is part of the challenge to achieving better housing affordability for SEQ residents and more certainty for business,” Cr Newman said.
“Councils have already made major investments in improving their DA performance, introducing RiskSmart process improvements and more electronic processes.
“To access this fast track route, developers and builders would need to lodge a ‘well made’ application that meets the criteria set by councils that separate low risk and high risk activities,” he said.
A number of SEQ councils have been ‘early-adopters’ of the process reforms and have already achieved a significant reduction in development assessment timeframes.
“Both Brisbane and Logan City Councils have been leading the way to deliver efficiencies to their development assessment processes,” Cr Newman said.
“At Brisbane City Council we have achieved a 20 per cent reduction in DA decision times in the last six months to December 2010,” he said.
Target 5 Days assists Councils to assess residential applications based on a risk management methodology, providing a five day turnaround for simple applications and facilitating efficient internal referral and information request processes for more complex DAs.
Implementation of the project is underway, with completion expected in May 2011.
The Housing Affordability Fund is a $450 million initiative by the Australian Government to help reduce the costs of new homes for many Australians and support the supply of new housing.