Social housing - how can we ensure it is high-quality, well-located and connected?

How can we legislate higher quality of housing to avoid the issue of energy poverty and car dependency in the community? Particularly for the people who can least afford it?

A key component of this project is a direct response to changes made in the Victorian Planning and Environment Act 2018. A new objective has been added: “to facilitate the provision of affordable housing in Victoria”. Affirming the use of section 173 for voluntary affordable housing agreements, it further states “…..a Responsible Authority may enter into an agreement with an owner of land for the development or provision of land in relation to affordable housing”. This project will provide recommendations to Council for consideration.

Through national and international analysis, it is apparent that the current legislation establishing voluntary agreements, as a singular approach, is likely not to meet all of the affordable housing needs of the community, nor the subsidiary issues such as energy poverty and car dependency. As such, alternative and innovative policy measures will also be necessary to effectively deliver affordable housing. For example: advocating for the location of affordable housing in areas where residents can easily access public transport and amenities without relying on a vehicle.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 August 2019