National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing

The National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing began on 1 January 2009 and expired on 30 June 2010. It contributed to achieving outcomes such as:

  • people being able to rent housing that meets their needs,
  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieving sustainable housing and social inclusion, and
  • Indigenous people having improved housing amenity and reduced overcrowding.

The agreement facilitated the Social Housing Growth Fund, in which the Commonwealth Government provided $200 million in 2008-09 and $200 million in 2009-10.

Under the agreement, the states and territories increased the supply of social housing, providing over 1,950 additional dwellings , and helped to grow the not-for-profit housing sector.

Proposals for funding had to meet the following key requirements:

  • involve the construction of new social housing dwellings;
  • add to the supply of social housing dwellings within a jurisdiction;
  • be completed and ready for occupation within two years of funding being allocated; and
  • provide an appropriate response to an area of unmet need for social housing within the jurisdiction.

In addition to the key requirements, proposals also needed to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • facilitate or support the transition of persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to secure, long term accommodation;
  • adhere to universal design principles that facilitate better access for persons with disability and older persons;
  • target improved housing opportunities for Indigenous Australians;
  • support the growth of the not-for-profit sector; and
  • offer new and innovative approaches that will support a more effective and efficient provision of social housing.

Implementation

The National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing required parties to enter into Implementation Plans.

The Social Housing Implementation Plans were joint Implementation Plans between the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing and the Nation Building and Jobs Plan (Social Housing Initiative).

Details on projects and funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing are at Schedule A of each Social Housing Implementation Plan.

The Schedule A’s of the Social Housing Implementation Plans reflect approved dwellings that were to be provided under the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing up to June 2011. The details in these schedules were agreed between the Commonwealth Housing Minister and the relevant State/Territory Housing Minister.

Jurisdictions were able to request amendments to these schedules to reflect changes to the projects they were delivering.

Copies of the Schedules (as at 29 June 2009) are provided below.

Copies of the Social Housing Implementation Plans are available on the Federal Financial Relations website.

Funding provided to each State and Territory Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing and key outputs are summarised as follows:

 

Funding allocation
$m
No. new dwellings constructed No. dwellings that met universal design principles Tenant Outcomes1 (percentage of new dwellings tenanted)
Homeless or
at risk of homelessness
Indigenous Australians People with Disability Aged over 55 years Escaping Family violence
NSW 130.402 679 150 43 6 27 31 7
VIC 99.152 560 160 47 10 30 44 3
QLD 80.096 304 16 56 12 58 26 3
WA 40.488 172 128 83 17 45 28 1
SA 29.980 139 103 61 1 40 29 7
TAS 9.324 19 24 100 11 42 37 5
ACT 6.442 20 20 80 10 10 10 10
NT 4.116 40 40 13 8 50 93 5
TOTAL 400 1,956 641 52 7 36 35 5

1. Percentages are based on the number of new dwellings that had been tenanted as at 30 September 2012.

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Content Updated: 21 November 2013