First home buyers need urgent attention from new government

by Mackenzie McCarty28 Jun 2013

The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says more assistance needs to be made available to first home buyers when the next government comes into power - and that Australia’s housing affordability issues could be resolved by taking a closer look at Singapore.

REIA president, Peter Bushby, says the original Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed off in 2000 involved a commitment given by all states and parties and that many have since moved away from that initial promise.

“[They] have moved away from their commitment and we’re calling on them to honour the original agreement. More than 80% of FHB go to established houses and not everybody wants a new house… often new houses can be more expensive than established homes.”

Bushby says all parties should be asked to sign-up to the IGA on Financial Relations Schedule A, as soon as the next government comes into power in September.

This IGA stipulates that assistance given to first home buyers will be uniform - and if this isn’t possible, then the group is calling for a new IGA to be made available for signing.

Furthermore, the REIA is pushing for the Commonwealth government to encourage young Australians to make voluntary super contributions, which can be accessed to raise a deposit for a new home – similar to the home ownership model used in Singapore.

“Part of our election policy we talk about picking up on some of the accessing super schemes…the best model we see is the one in Singapore. They’ve got close to 90% home ownership in Singapore; they’ve got such a high ownership because they’ve got a…scheme in place and we’re suggesting that this could work here.”


  • by NoTimeLikeTheFuture 28/06/2013 2:40:37 PM

    I was in Singapore last October and property there makes Sydney look cheap..

    I would always question the REIA's motives. They seem to love a good housing bubble.

  • by Tim H 28/06/2013 4:26:09 PM

    Finally a push by the REIA for first home buyers that isn't all about giving them handouts.
    The Voluntary super contributions scheme that can be accessed for a home deposit is a positive step in that it teaches and encourages savings discipline.
    This is a conversation our politicians should be having.

  • by bercita 29/06/2013 11:35:34 PM

    We don't need another way to save for a house, we need lower house prices and fewer investors in the way.