Page 3582 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 November 2022

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The ACT government is also working closely with the new Albanese Labor government to support the delivery of their housing commitments and identify opportunities for collaboration or shared delivery. These commitments include the Help to Buy scheme as well as the Housing Australia Future Fund. In the federal budget, the commonwealth and all states and territories agreed on a housing accord with the following objectives—setting an aspirational national target of delivering one million new, well-located homes over five years from 2024; working collaboratively with the federal government and institutional finance to improve the financing for new social and affordable housing projects; and agreeing to the improvement of zoning, planning and land release.

The ACT government is ready to move on all these initiatives, looking to exceed housing delivery targets on a per capita allocation and working with the sector and across government to bring innovative proposals to the commonwealth to be considered under the housing future fund. These projects will require close collaboration with the commonwealth and will build on projects like Common Ground Dickson and actions to support affordable housing such as build to rent, and support for community housing providers.

I am thrilled to see the Albanese Labor government work together with state and territories to deliver more social and affordable housing for all Australians. When all governments are united, our shared commitments to grow social and affordable housing will deliver better outcomes for the community and more homes for the people who need them. The level of engagement from the new Albanese Labor government on these issues has been much needed, and I look forward to continuing to work with Minister Collins and all state and territory housing ministers to deliver more social and affordable housing.

To conclude, while it is great to highlight a range of achievements here today, I acknowledge that many things have changed since the ACT Housing Strategy was released in 2018, and that there is more to do to continue to address housing affordability in the ACT. Accordingly, over the next 12 months the government will consider how to update the strategy. The timing of this work will align with the halfway point in the strategy’s implementation, and this will require a more fulsome review of the strategy and the delivery of the actions to support it. I look forward to sharing more on the ACT government’s ongoing commitments and progress in providing housing for all Canberrans.

I present:

ACT Housing Strategy Year 4 Report Card—

Ministerial statement, 22 November 2022.

Report card, dated November 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

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