Changes to social housing in States and Territories

There are 25 national reform projects known as the Housing and Homelessness Reform Framework, informed by the National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreements on Homelessness, Social Housing, Remote Indigenous Housing and the Social Housing Initiative. The states/territories agreed to a number of reforms as a condition of receiving funds under the Social Housing Initiative. These reforms include:

  • Integration of public and community housing waiting lists.
  • Better social and economic participation for social housing tenants by locating housing closer to transport, services and employment opportunities.
  • Implementation of support arrangements to assist social housing tenants to transition from social housing arrangements to affordable private rental and home ownership as their circumstances change.
  • Reducing concentrations of disadvantage through appropriate redevelopment to create mixed communities that improve social inclusion.
  • Introduction of a national regulatory and registration system for not-for-profit housing providers to enhance the sector's capacity to operate across jurisdictions.
  • Increased transparency through the establishment of consistent and comparable accounting and reporting standards across jurisdictions that allow clear and objective assessments of performance that meet public accountability requirements.
  • Social housing providers to be subject to independent prudential supervision to protect public investment in the sector.
  • Improved tenancy management and maintenance benchmarks for social housing.
  • Improved efficiency of social housing including better matching of tenants with appropriate dwelling types and the introduction of rent-setting policies that reflect the type of dwellings occupied by tenants.
  • Introducing contestability in the allocation of funds to encourage a range of new providers and create diversification in the not-for-profit sector to enhance the ability of providers to offer housing options to a broader range of client types.
  • Leveraging of government capital investment to enhance the provision of social housing.
  • Better use of government owned land to provide more affordable housing opportunities for low income earners.
  • Improved procurement practices that promote competition between proponents and provide participation opportunities for small and medium enterprises.
  • Measures to enhance the capacity of the not-for-profit sector.

For information about the progress of the 25 NAHA reforms go to and homelessness

Social Housing Initiative Information


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