The Property Council of Australia is an Australian national lobby group representing property developers and property owners. It was formed as the Building Owners and Managers’ Association of Australia (BOMA) c. 1966, incorporated in 1969, and assumed its current name in 1996.[1]

The PCA engages in lobbying on a large scale, with its budgets in 2015 reported as including $6.4 million for advocacy, $1 million for communications, and $7.2 million for networking. It engaged in a major television campaign, "Don't Play With Property", ahead of the 2016 federal election seeking to preserve negative gearing.[1][2] It has been a significant donor to both major political parties.[3]

It has campaigned on a broad range of property-related issues, including opposing land tax increases, reducing stamp duty, opposing minimum apartment standards, reforming strata title, opposing increased fees for foreign property purchasers and opposing land-clearing restrictions.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was the organisation's national policy and research manager from 1989 to 1995.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "How the Property Council is shaping the debate around negative gearing, taxes". The Conversation. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Lobbying 101: How interest groups influence politicians and the public to get what they want". SmartCompany. 10 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Where the property industry's political donations go". Australian Financial Review. 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Foreign land owners lured back to town after tax surcharge changes". Brisbane Times. 12 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Seniors' pain and gain in Budget". The Sunday Times. 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Tiny tiff over flat standards". Australian Financial Review. 24 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Foreign buyer fees playing to gallery: Eslake". The Australian. 27 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Landlord alert". The Australian Financial Review. 13 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Land clearing battle moves to High Court". Brisbane Times. 10 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Key facts about Scott Morrison, Australia's new prime minister". Australian Financial Review. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2020.