A plan to address the housing affordability crisis.

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Nothing is more important than having a place to call home. It is a basic necessity that more and more of us are struggling to achieve or maintain. As the cost of housing has soared well beyond income or inflation, many people are struggling to keep up.

The prospect of ever buying a home is becoming out of reach for many of us. Ten per cent of Australians - 850,000 households - are paying more than they can afford on either rent or a mortgage. On any given night 105,000 Australians are homeless – up 17% since 2006.  

Since the 2010 Election neither of the major parties has announced new policy commitments that address housing affordability or reduce homelessness. Tony Abbott has rejected the goals of the White Paper to halve homelessness by 2020. 

The Greens do care about people struggling under the mounting pressure of housing costs and we have developed a comprehensive plan to ease that pressure. It’s why we’ve released a costed roadmap to fund the construction of over 200,000 new affordable homes over the next decade.

Our National Housing Roadmap is a comprehensive and costed plan to address Australia’s Housing Crisis:

  1. Homelessness Action Plan — a plan to end homeless by 2020 by doubling funding for services and building 7,000 homes nationally for all rough sleepers as a matter of urgency.  This would cost $900m - 1 billion a year to 2020.
  2. Stronger Social Housing system — a plan to halve the waiting list in a decade, by building 122,000 new social housing homes over the next decade — providing a home for more than 250,000 Australians languishing on the waiting lists. This would cost $700m pa, plus $25 million pa for a new affordable housing supply bonds instrument.
  3. Safe as Houses — an Affordable Housing Supply Bonds initiative (PDF) would introduce a safe and tested mechanism that generates $2 billion of finance from a $25 million per year government investment. This would allow large institutional investors and smaller mum and dad investors to invest in affordable social housing and rentals.
  4. Better Deal for Renters — a new national body to introduce national minimum standards for rental properties, boost renters' rights, and make rental properties safer, more sustainable, energy and water efficient, and more affordable. Landlords would be offered a package worth $500 per property to help them make the upgrades needed to meet the new national standard. It would also provide an extra $3m for Tenants’ Advocacy services. This would cost $103 million pa. (You can take our short Rental Health Check survey — and share your experiences as a renter in today’s housing crisis climate. We have already received hundreds of responses and the results are startling, and have been described in the ‘better deal for renters' package, below).
  5. Rental Supply Boost — this supply initiative would provide funding to build 70,000 new affordable rentals over the next decade through a ‘Green NRAS’ and ‘Student NRAS’ program. It would cost $200mpa
  6. Convert to Rent — a new program to create 15,000 new rentals converted from empty buildings, with a $21,000 grant per dwelling (and $5000 extra for dwellings with universal design). This exciting program would provide new supply in the places we need them, and revitalise abandoned or underutilised spaces in our cities and towns. It would cost $34.5m pa
  7. Repowering Social Housing — a plan to provide over half a million social housing dwellings across Australia with renewable energy (such as solar pv panels), retrofits for energy efficiency and insulation, and training for tenants, to help save them energy and money. It would cost $78.3 million/pa 
  8. Kickstart an Australian-made prefabricated housing industry — a package to harness innovation in construction, advanced manufacturing and sustainable housing materials, through funding for R&D, training, demonstration projects & innovation hubs and including at least one third target for prefabricated housing in our entire housing package. We propose an investment of$10m/yr over five years.
  9. Adopt Henry Tax Review recommendation to reduce CGT concession by 10%  — this conservative but essential tax reform measure would save $3.4 billion over forward estimates, providing much needed revenue to fund our housing platform.

More recently we released reform proposals to Negative Gearing and Capital Gains tax discounts

Help us put housing affordability on the election agenda.



I too was homeless. I found myself sleeping in my car for three months with my cat so it brought the plight of these poor folks home to me in a very personal way.” Patti (via email)

If it were not for the generosity of my friends me and my daughter would be on the streets. I have had to face that I shall probably never own my own home as it is simply out of my reach.  Housing prices in Australia are crazy... Rents are even more challenging...” Julie, via email.