25 January 2023

Fresh ideas and experienced minds form 2023 REIA board to 'help more Australians into affordable homes'

| Dione David
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REIA Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Richard Simpson, REIA Vice President Leanne Pilkington and REIA President Hayden Groves

Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Richard Simpson, REIA Vice President Leanne Pilkington and REIA President Hayden Groves. Photo: REIA.

Fresh blood will unite with experienced minds as the professional body for Australia’s real estate sector works to represent industry professionals on issues big and small affecting the property market in 2023.

Following its AGM and appointment process, the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) has announced its officeholders and board for the year, which brings three newcomers to the table.

Welcoming new and existing members to its board, REIA President Hayden Groves said the REIA was poised to face numerous challenges, including supply, affordability and stamp duty reform.

“As property markets around Australia continue to suffer supply constraints, the REIA’s board is looking forward to exploring policies that help more Australians into affordable homes,” he said.

“Availability of affordable rental properties will be a major challenge as the year unfolds and property investors need further encouragement to inject much-needed supply to the market. That’s why stamp duty reform remains a REIA priority.

“The REIA board comprised of talented, experienced and influential real estate professionals from every state and territory provides in-depth insights into Australia’s property markets; the ideal platform to deliver balanced advice to all levels of government around housing policies that impact every Australian.”

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Among the newcomers was The Property Collective director of property management Hannah Gill, who said she was proud to represent the Real Estate Institute of the ACT on the REIA board.

“What’s been interesting to me is the alignment in the challenges across the states and territories. What we’re seeing here in Canberra, we’re seeing at a national level,” she said.

“Some of the big ongoing topics are supply and affordability, and being passionate about those topics from both a sales and rental perspective, I hope I can add real value to the discussion.”

Hannah Gill

Representing the Real Estate Institute of the ACT on the REIA board is The Property Collective’s Hannah Gill. Photo: Jodi Shepherd.

Bringing extensive property management knowledge to the table, Ms Gill said she also looked forward to contributing to discussions around changing legislation in Canberra.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in legislation over the last few years not only in the ACT but other states, which the REIA is onboarding,” she says.

“We know the importance of ensuring good policy is being created, and hopefully that results in better, more contemporary legislation for everyone.”

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Established in 1924, the REIA is a federated body of state and territory real estate institutes representing 85 per cent of Australian real estate agencies.

It employs more than 130,000 Australians and is a national advocate for the country’s real estate industry, which comprises more than 46,000 businesses.

The REIA Officeholders and board members continuing in 2023 are:

  • Hayden Groves, President
  • Leanne Pilkington, Deputy President
  • Richard Simpson, Finance, Risk and Audit Committee Chair
  • Andrew Bell OAM, Additional Director
  • Damian Collins, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia
  • Ray Ellis, Additional Director
  • Adrian Kelly, Real Estate Institute of Tasmania
  • Leanne Pilkington, Real Estate Institute of New South Wales
  • Richard Simpson, Real Estate Institute of Victoria.

The newly appointed representatives are:

  • Cain Cook, Real Estate Institute of South Australia
  • Hannah Gill, Real Estate Institute of the ACT
  • Carol Need, Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory.

For more information on the REIA Board of Directors 2023, visit the REIA webpage.

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Affordable (low-cost) housing is a responsibility of the ACT government.
The ACT government is required to provide affordable housing to people who need it.
The issue is the ACT government hasn’t provided enough affordable housing, and instead they have lazily delegated their housing responsibilities to the private market.
It is not the responsibility of the private market or private individuals in the community to provide affordable (low-cost) housing to anyone.
Nor should any private individuals be forced to provide affordable (low-cost) food or affordable clothing to anyone.

1) REIA advocates for the industry, not for their customers who are the source of their income.
2) Stamp duty reform has not increased the availability of affordable rental housing in the ACT.

Martin Keast1:10 pm 29 Jan 23

A huge obstacle is the stamp duty tax levied on house sales. Purely a revenue source for the ACT government. They must drop it, similar issue is the delay in releasing land for development which seems to be intentionally about limiting supply and thus keeping prices up. Land tax would be the final thing to urgently reduce if government is serious about making housing affordability possible.

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