THE COALITION’S PLAN FOR REAL ACTION ON HOUSING 2
The Coalition has a Plan for real action on housing.State Labor failures in land release, increased developer fees, charges, and planning laws all hamperthe ability of Australians to purchase affordable homes.The Coalition will attack problems that reduce housing affordability.We will ensure that State, Territory and local governments increase land supply for new housing aspart of a new National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). The Federal Government’s role inhousing policy is to ensure that the States, Territories and local government deliver better and moreaffordable outcome for Australians.The planning process requires governments to work with local communities, which Labor bypassed.The Coalition will start a new partnership with State and Territory governments to jointly improvepathways to home ownership.The Coalition’s goal is to have fewer clients in public housing. This will be achieved by enhancingopportunities for home ownership.Wherever possible, the experience of social housing should be a transitional one, an opportunity toregain some stability, rebuild financial capacity and move on.Labor promised to halve homelessness, but since 2007 homelessness has increased. Labor’s NationalRental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) promised an additional 50,000 new units of affordable rentalaccommodation, but has provided only 8,000.
The Coalition will introduce new accountability measures for social housing to ensure funding toState, Territory and local governments is not wasted.The Coalition’s
Plan for Real Action on Housing
1. Introduce a National Home Affordability Compact
The Coalition will establish a National Home Affordability Compact, which will establishaccommodation targets for each State or Territory over five years.
2. Enhancing Planning and Approval Processes
The Coalition will address planning delays through the National Home Affordability Compact.
3. Keeping the Australian Building and Construction Commission
The Coalition will keep the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
1. Wayne Swan, Address to the Capital Market Leaders Forum, 21 June 2010 at<http://www.treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=speeches/2010/018.htm&pageID=005&min=wms&Year=&DocType=1>.