Skip to content
Political, Property Real Estate

Victoria’s Housing Statement creates opportunities to grow affordable homes

Community Housing Industry Association Victoria 2 mins read

Victoria’s peak body for community housing has welcomed the State Government’s housing reforms but says they must be carefully designed to deliver social and affordable homes for those who need them most. 

 

Under the Andrews Government’s Housing Statement, more social and affordable homes could be built on surplus government land, in some new residential developments, and by redeveloping existing high-rise social housing towers. 

 

Community Housing Industry Association Victoria acting CEO Jess Pomeroy said the reforms have the potential to ease the rental crisis if developer contributions build rentals that stay affordable in perpetuity. 

 

“We welcome the government’s vision to build more social and affordable homes across Victoria. There’s no doubt a significant uplift in social housing in the right locations for the people who need it most is the key solution to ending rental stress and homelessness,” Ms Pomeroy said. 

 

“The Victorian Government’s housing reforms provide the foundation and potential to ease the housing crisis and change the lives of Victorians for generations but the extent of this impact lies in the detail.

 

“We need to make sure any affordable homes built as part of new residential developments stay affordable in perpetuity. We need the regulated community housing sector, as experts in affordable build-to-rent homes, to look after all new affordable housing to ensure best-practice in ongoing management, and that any profits are reinvested back into the system for Victorians who need it.

 

“Unfortunately this comprehensive suite of reforms misses the opportunity to deliver a mandatory inclusionary zoning scheme. Mandatory inclusionary zoning would ensure that as our city grows, social and affordable housing stock grows with it. A voluntary system gives no certainty and means it’s now up to the government to make sure it leads to a decent uplift in social housing and real affordable outcomes for low-income Victorians.

 

“Our mission-driven sector stands ready to work with the government to ensure these reforms deliver to their full potential. Ultimately, Victoria needs to be building thousands of social homes every year - a failure to do so will come at a great cost to Victorians and the economy.”

 

Media contact: Sofie Wainwright 0403 920 301

More from this category

  • Education Training, Property Real Estate
  • 01/03/2024
  • 16:46
NSW Fair Trading

New options to keep assistant agents in the property services industry

1 March 2024 The NSW Government has offered more than 14,000 assistant agents the chance to apply for an extension of their certificates of registration. These agents, in real estate, stock and station and strata management, will get another 12 months to complete their training and continue working while they finish their qualifications, ensuring residential tenants and landlords continue to receive vital property management services. In March 2020, substantial reforms were introduced to the Property and Stock Agents Act 2002, placing almost 22,500 assistant agents on a four-year certificate due to expire on 22 March 2024. They can now apply…

  • Contains:
  • Education Training, Political
  • 01/03/2024
  • 15:27
Christian Schools Australia and Australian Association of Christian Schools

Why Is the Queensland Government Targeting Hard Working Families?

1 March 2024 Why Is the Queensland Government Targeting Hard Working Families? The Queensland Government’s proposed Anti-Discrimination Bill 2024 targets hard working families seeking to choose a school that reflects their values and beliefs by introducing legal uncertainty and opening schools up to activist litigation according to Mark Spencer, Director of Public Policy for Christian Schools Australia and Vanessa Cheng, Executive Officer of Australian Association of Christian Schools. ‘The Bill would remove the certainty and clarity that allows Christian and other religious schools to employ staff who share their beliefs’, Mr Spencer said, ‘substituting a complex legal test that is…

  • Contains:
  • Political, Union
  • 01/03/2024
  • 12:05
CFMEU

CFMEU mourns loss of Senator Linda White

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime Employees Union (CFMEU) has expressed its deepest condolences over the loss of Victorian Senator Linda White. CFMEU Construction and General Division National Secretary Zach Smith paid tribute to her incredible achievements. "The CFMEU expresses its deepest sympathies to Linda's family, friends and comrades across the labour movement," he said. "Linda was a cherished colleague whose achievements made Australia a fairer and better place. "Linda's actions had a profound impact on workers' lives over decades. "From securing workers' entitlements during the Ansett collapse, to campaigning for domestic and family violence leave, Linda's fierce determination and deep sense…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.