Hello, I’m Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Housing
There is no issue more important to Australians and their families than having a safe and secure home.
Over the past two years the Australian Government has been working to increase the supply of affordable rental homes. We have made an historic investment in social housing and established a whole new way of financing using the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
Over the next 4 years we will support the building of more than 80,000 affordable rental homes.
As well as building more homes we are changing the way social housing works.
In the future we will see a small number of larger, commercially sophisticated, not-for-profit housing providers operating alongside existing state-run housing authorities.
The community housing sector has grown rapidly over the past five years, increasing by a third between 2003 and 2008.
Not-for-profit providers are able to build more homes by working with banks, developers and other commercial partners. For community housing providers to play a bigger role we need a regulatory system that gives us all confidence. Tenants need secure and stable housing.
Investors need confidence in a viable and well-managed sector.
Housing providers themselves need simple regulations which give them the opportunity to expand across State and Territory borders and to enter into solid commercial relationships.
That is why I am releasing this Community Housing Development Discussion Paper.
This is a very important issue and we need to get it right and that’s why I want to hear from you.
Have your say by providing an online submission though this website or come along to one of the public forums.
I look forward to receiving your comments
Thanks for your time and your interest. This is a tremendous opportunity to see a stronger, bigger, more vibrant community housing sector.