Building industry calls for cuts to infrastructure charges

The building industry hopes the renewed political focus on competition policy could help cut regulation and infrastructure charges and help first-home buyers.

Treasurer Scott Morrison and his state government counterparts met last week to help set a new agenda for competition across the economy.

Master Builders chief Wilhelm Harnisch said he hoped the meeting would lead to national reforms to tackle housing affordability.

The home-building lobby has repeatedly called for cuts to infrastructure charges for developers, and reforms to state and local planning rules to speed up development approvals.

Mr Harnisch said structural reforms were “urgent” and called on all governments to “abolish unnecessary regulation” and to drive new home building.