Master Builders SA is committed to delivering a strong and productive building and construction industry and South Australian economy.

In October 2018, in response to ten consecutive months of declining building approvals for private sector houses, Master Builders SA released “Make Housing Great Again”, our five point plan to improve affordability and protect jobs in the industry.

One of the key recommendations was a stamp duty exemption for first homebuyers on new builds up to the median house price, with a long-term view to complete abolition on new builds.

Master Builders SA engaged respected management consultancy Hudson Howells to conduct an investigation into the financial and economic impacts of stamp duty exemptions on new house/land packages, and state taxation generated from the housing sector associated with a potential stamp duty reduction.

The report, available here, shows that abolishing stamp duty on newly built homes would:

  1. Stimulate construction of up to 1960 additional houses
  2. Create up to 4700 new full time jobs
  3. Create a Net State Government Gain of between $17.6 million and $34.5 million

We are working with the Marshall Government to adopt our five point plan.

Jobs and Skills for the Future is Master Builders key policy priorities for delivering workforce skills and an apprenticeship system that meets both the needs of young people and employers.

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