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Affordable Housing Action Plan

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Having access to housing is a fundamental human right and without it many other basic human rights are compromised. Being able to access affordable and appropriate housing helps people secure and maintain a job, keep families safe, raise happy and healthy children, enjoy a better standard of living and contribute to their community.

Despite increasing awareness of the importance of housing, both among the community and across all levels of government, the evidence indicates that there is a growing housing affordability problem in many parts of Australia including Greater Bendigo.

In response to this growing issue the City of Greater Bendigo has commenced the preparation of an Affordable Housing Action Plan. The Action Plan will set out the City’s role and actions it will implement to support an increase in the supply and provision of affordable housing to meet the community’s needs.

Project update

Background Paper has been prepared to assist with community consultation and inform the preparation of a draft Affordable Housing Action Plan.

Community consultation on the Background paper is now closed.

A Community Engagement Summary Report for this consultation is available.

The City is now preparing a Draft Affordable Housing Action Plan.

How did we get here?

A public forum was held in August 2018, which included a presentation from Professor Terry Burke from Swinburne University. Thank you to all those who attended the forum, the information gathered from round table and panel discussions has informed development of a Background Paper for this project. A copy of the forum notes are available to download.

The City prepared a Background Paper and Summary Background Paper to assist with community consultation and inform the preparation of a Draft Affordable Housing Action Plan.

A Community Engagement Summary Report for this consultation has now been released.

Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Greater Bendigo is developing an Affordable Housing Action Plan (Action Plan). The Action Plan aims to better understand affordable housing needs in Greater Bendigo. It will establish a clear and concise position for how the City proposes to address the growing issue of an affordable housing shortage in Greater Bendigo now and into the future. This includes mechanisms to increase the supply of well-designed and efficient affordable housing.

Governments at all levels have a clear obligation to ensure that individuals and households have access to adequate, appropriate and affordable housing, as a cornerstone of a strong and fair society. While Local Government is responsible for ensuring there is an adequate supply of housing to meet community needs, there is no set policy or role for the provision of affordable housing. It is therefore the responsibility of each individual Council to determine what their policy or role will be.

Housing plays a vital role in the Greater Bendigo’s growth and development and particularly in the Council’s commitment to improving liveability. Developing an Affordable Housing Action Plan is a key priority set out in the Council’s adopted Community Plan 2017-2021 and the Greater Bendigo Housing Strategy. This work will help to achieve our vision ‘Greater Bendigo – Working together to be the world's most liveable community’.

The Background Paper identifies some of the key affordable housing issues facing our community, discussing the context for the City to explore options for increasing the provision of affordable housing.

The Background Paper will assist with community consultation and inform the preparation of a draft Affordable Housing Action Plan.

Having access to housing is a fundamental human right and without it many other basic human rights are compromised. Being able to access affordable and appropriate housing helps people secure and maintain a job, keep families safe, raise happy and healthy children, enjoy a better standard of living and contribute to their community.

Despite increasing awareness of the importance of housing, both among the community and across all levels of government, the evidence indicates that there is a growing housing affordability problem in many parts of Australia including Greater Bendigo. Tackling barriers that are preventing people in our community from attaining the housing they need will be beneficial for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of our residents as well as the liveability and economy of our municipality.

There are many different definitions of affordable housing. The widely accepted definition is measured by the 30/40 rule where the cost of housing is ‘no more than 30 per cent of income for those households in the bottom 40 per cent of adjusted income distribution’.

In Victoria the Planning and Environment Act 1987 defines affordable housing as housing (including social housing) that is appropriate for the needs of very low income households, low income households and moderate income households. Household income ranges are set by the Minister for Planning and released annually.

Helpful external links

Housing Vic – Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - https://www.housing.vic.gov.au/

Planning mechanisms for affordable housing – Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) - https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/affordable-housing

The Housing Registrar of Housing Agencies - http://www.housingregistrar.vic.gov.au/Homepage

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Project timeline

  • Stage 1 – Project scope
  • Stage 2 – Background Paper
  • Stage 3 – Draft Action Plan
  • Stage 4 – Final Action Plan

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