How can Australia meet the challenge of housing affordability?
The Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) has developed a National Plan for Affordable Housing that sets targets to guide investment and action over the next decade.
The National Plan was launched at the 2018 CHIA AGM held in Melbourne on 20 November with The Hon Bill Shorten, MP providing the opening speech to launch the Plan.
Speaking to a packed house, Mr Shorten declared that he intended to put community housing, affordable housing and services to the homeless at the centre of the agenda for the next election.
“Nothing is more fundamental to a government’s obligations to the people than the right of every Australian to have a roof over their head,” Mr Shorten said.
He said better data about the extent of affordable housing needed to be a priority, along with better quality standards for dwellings including energy efficiency and accessibility for people with disabilities.
The four key objectives of the National Plan for Affordable Housing are:
- enough housing to meet Australia’s needs
- housing that is affordable for renters and home-buyers on low to moderate incomes
- a national housing market that is efficient
- a diverse housing profile that suits people at different stages of life.
For more information on the National Plan, please click here for the link to the CHIA website, where you can also download a copy of the National Plan for Affordable Housing.