Michael Ferguson,Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is providing an unprecedented and massive investment into public housing and home affordability.
The latest monthly dashboard update shows that we have now built 1,177 long term homes since the commencement of our Affordable Housing Strategy. This includes 34 social housing dwellings built in the month of October, meaning that by working with the community housing partners and the building industry, we have built more than one house per day.
Our comprehensive plan to increase housing supply is the only way to make housing as affordable as possible.
Our record investment of $615 million into public and affordable housing, and homelessness initiatives, including our record election commitment of $280 million to extend our building program of new social housing for Tasmanians in need is the biggest in this State for decades. That money is achieving more houses right now.
We have 1,228 dwellings in the pipeline, including 947 new social housing dwellings, 178 supported accommodation units and 103 homeless accommodation units.
The results show that as of October 2021, the Affordable Housing Strategy has delivered a total of 1,876 new homes, land lots and new places in supported accommodation and homeless services, including 892 since July 2019.
In addition to the almost 14,000 households already in social housing, there were 2,727 households assisted in the past year through the variety of programs available to support our State’s most vulnerable.
In the last month, 143 households have been assisted through Private Rental Assistance. Additionally in the last 12 months, 89 households have been assisted through our Private Rental Incentive Scheme, and 67 households have been assisted into home ownership through our Streets Ahead or HomeShare programs.
We are committed to building upon our record of delivery and we are investing $2 million to develop a comprehensive Tasmanian Housing Strategy. This will investigate all the opportunities available to the State Government to influence the housing market through regulatory systems, strategic land use planning, policies, taxes, subsidies, and capital investment.
The monthly dashboard can be found here: https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/housing/tasmanian_affordable_housing_strategy/reporting