Advocacy & Research

2018 Proactive Policy Agenda in review

These are the issues the UDIA Queensland is coming for in 2018. 
They’re the nuts we reckon need to be cracked to make creating better communities a boatload easier. 


  • Land supply and fragmentation
  • Diversity of housing supply
  • Transparency and delivery of infrastructure
  • Community engagement.

Why these issues?

If you want to deep dive into why these issues are important to the development industry read on…

Land supply and fragmentation

  • We need sufficient land supply to deliver diverse and affordable housing
  • Land in the SEQ urban footprint is highly fragmented so it’s a challenge to develop
  • Servicing sites with infrastructure is also harder because of land fragmentation
  • The working group we got the government to form on this issue (thanks to our research with Urbis) has more work to do and we’ll help drive it toward solutions.

Diversity of housing supply

  • From the work of the Research Foundation we know people want alternatives to detached houses and high rise apartments
  • Last year we made headway with governments to encourage LMR development in established and greenfield areas, which is work we want to continue
  • We want to keep recognising outstanding missing middle designs to drive innovation
  • We will identify the red tape that stops our members delivering alternate housing types.

Transparency and delivery of infrastructure

  • Through our Research Foundation we’ve learnt a key issue is people don’t know how councils use the infrastructure charges collected
  • There’s no transparency on how local governments spend the money
  • The Palaszczuk Government promised to introduce transparency at our request
  • We’ll hold them to their promise to make local governments tell the community how those millions are spent.

Community consultation and engagement

  • Thanks to our Research Foundation we’ve identified the pain points associated with the current approach to community consultation and engagement
  • We’re busy trialling alternatives and in 2018, we’ll work to understand how developers can proactively engage and work with the community
  • We’ll release a best practice guide based on the findings of our independent qualitative research just for our members.