Kristin Brookfield

Kristin is the Chief Executive – Industry Policy for the Housing Industry Association (HIA). Having worked with HIA for 16 years, Kristen is an experienced advocate for Australia’s residential building industry. She leads a diverse national team of staff in planning, building, workplace health and safety, skills and training, industrial relations, business compliance and housing economics. She is also responsible for guiding HIA’s interaction with federal and state governments that address housing supply and affordability.

Kristin’s background is in planning. Over 25 years, including a decade working with local and state government, she has amassed extensive knowledge of the national framework for planning, building and environmental laws and policies. She also has an excellent understanding of government policy and administration as it relates to housing delivery. 

In 2017, Kristin was appointed as an industry representative on the Australian Building Codes Board. She recently completed a 6-year term on the Standard Development and Accreditation Committee for Standards Australia and has also served on the Building Products Industry Council and the Australian Construction Industry Forum. 

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (Honours) from the University of NSW and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Presentation Overview - Prefab construction and housing – what’s holding us back?

Prefabrication in building isn’t new, but it’s uptake in housing still feels like a challenge to the status quo, or does it? Australia’s manufactured or industrialised home building industry remains a small part of the sector. Some say we can do more, some say other countries do it better. So who’s right? What’s really happening on the ground? And what’s holding us back?