It’s time for a fresh conversation about the affordable housing situation in Australia.
Affordable housing is one of our greatest challenges, and improving the situation is high on the agenda across the country:
- The Draft Sydney District Plans include targets of delivering 5-10% of new housing stock as affordable rental housing.
- Infrastructure Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Strategy includes tackling affordable housing shortage as a top priority. Recommended actions include removing planning barriers, inclusionary zoning requiring developers to deliver affordable housing near public transport and services and incentivising private sector investment.
- The Queensland Department of Housing is working on a 10-year Housing Strategy focused on delivering affordable housing options which included a three-month consultation on a discussion paper issued in March.
- Western Australia’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing met its aim of 20,000 new affordable homes by 2020 in June 2015 and has endorsed a new minimum target of 30,000 affordable home.