The ACT Government has had a long term commitment to improving housing affordability for all ACT households.
For the past ten years the Government has invested in public housing and assistance for people experiencing homelessness, supported the community housing sector to grow, reformed planning and taxation laws, accelerated land release and provided dedicated affordable home purchase products.
In order to set a course for the next 10 years, the Government has invested heavily in reviewing its current and previous efforts on delivering social and affordable housing. The lessons learned have been extensive and have reconfirmed that while some real progress has been made, the future focus must be on assisting those who need it most—those who are experiencing homelessness or low income households experiencing housing stress.
Latest affordable housing initiatives
Ahead of the development of the new Housing Strategy, the ACT Government announced new annual targets for public, community and affordable home purchase to apply to select land releases.
A number of concurrent reforms to affordable home purchases were also announced, including:
- changes to eligibility criteria
- purchase price threshholds
- creating an Affordable Home Purchase database.
New Price thresholds for Affordable Home Purchase
On 1 July 2018, new Affordable Home Purchase Price thresholds will apply. The 2018-19 Price thresholds are:
Dwelling size (net living area)
Up to 80m2
Between 81 and 105m2
Greater than 105m2
Towards a new affordable housing strategy
As a first step, an Affordable Housing Advisory Group has been established to provide an independent, external perspective of the challenges of housing affordability in the ACT and the possible responses that might be considered by the Government.
The Group has provided some early guidance and advice to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development on affordable housing and homelessness policy and, in particular, on possible actions which could be included in a new Affordable Housing Strategy for the ACT.
The Group has been chosen for their independent external expertise and reflects the desire to engage initially with a broader and different group of interlocutors on this important community issue.
Current members are:
- Adina Cirson—ACT Property Council
- Peta Dawson—ACT Housing
- Meredith Edwards—University of Canberra
- Travis Gilbert—ACT Shelter
- John Jacob—ACT Housing
- Alan Morschel—Australian Institute of Architects, ACT Chapter
- Chris Redmond—Woden Community Services
- Christine Shaw—Luton Properties/ Consultant to MARSS
- Neil Skipper—Havelock Housing Association
The Group will play an integral role in the development of the Government’s next Affordable Housing Strategy over the course of 2018.
Community conversation to develop a new Affordable Housing Strategy
It’s not too late to join the conversation to help inform the development of the new Affordable Housing Strategy by visiting the ACT Government’s ‘YourSay’ website.
Discussion paper—Towards a new Housing Strategy (July 2017)
The discussion paper Towards a New Housing Strategy was released in July 2017 for public comment.
Housing and Homelessness Summit (October 2017)
The ACT Housing and Homelessness Summit was held in October 2017.
Around 200 community members from every part of Canberra came together for the summit, all contributing to the development of a new housing strategy.
More opportunities to have ‘YourSay’
The ACT Government will continue to engage with the community in the development of the new housing strategy. Visit the ‘YourSay’ website for the latest updates on the conversation about housing affordability in the ACT.
Information session presentation
For more information contact Access Canberra 13 22 81