Housing

Affordable, appropriate, safe, healthy, environmentally sustainable, community-oriented and secure housing is a basic human right.

Principles

  1. Affordable, appropriate, safe, healthy, environmentally sustainable, community-orientated and secure housing is a basic human right. 
  2. Access to secure, appropriate, affordable housing is a crucial determinant of health and wellbeing and is an important precondition for social participation and gaining access to other social services.
  3. Access to housing should be free from all discrimination. 
  4. Special housing and support should be provided for those in crisis and/or other complex needs such as one or more disabilities.
  5. Tenants in private rental, public and community housing must be provided with reasonable security of tenure. 
  6. The housing needs of all Victorians should be met through the provision of a mix of affordable private, public and community options. 
  7. Governments should provide sufficient high quality public and community housing to meet current need and projected demand.
  8. New urban developments should be environmentally sound, provide reasonable access to employment, and public transport, and facilitate community interaction.
  9. Public participation in the planning, assessment, development and management of public and community housing is a right and should be facilitated by planning authorities. 
  10. The housing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be met as a matter of urgency.
  11. All housing development should be based on principles of sustainable design and urban planning.

General Aims

  1. The elimination of housing-related poverty.
  2. Housing that meets the needs of low-income people. 
  3. Greater diversity in housing to meet the accessibility needs of changing demographics and disadvantaged groups.
  4. Improved legal security of tenure and reduced discrimination.
  5. Planning practices that increase provision of affordable and diverse housing stock.
  6. Targeted housing assistance and tax incentives to ensure more socially inclusive, affordable and environmentally sustainable housing supply outcomes.
  7. Existing subsidies and incentives for property investment should be altered to guarantee housing affordability across all tenure types.  

Aims – Affordable Home Ownership

  1. Greater access to affordable home ownership for lower-income people.
  2. Develop mechanisms to facilitate lower-income home ownership.
  3. Promote alternative forms of home ownership facilitation to the market, including community land trusts, leasehold schemes, co-housing, self-build schemes and shared equity.

Aims – Public Housing

  1. No privatisation of Victorian public housing assets. 
  2. All Victorians who require it to have access to adequate and affordable public housing with security of tenure, and appropriate supports where necessary.
  3. Increased investment in public housing.
  4. Restructured allocations system to give clients greater housing choice and flexibility.
  5. An adequate supply of public housing with appropriate support to cater for those in crisis and/or those with complex needs, such as one or more disabilities, mental illness, substance dependence, women and children affected by family violence, people experiencing homelessness, refugees and asylum seekers, migrants and people released from detention.
  6. Promote tenant participation in decisions about public housing services.
  7. Minimal waiting times on public housing waiting lists.  
  8. All public housing to be accessible, affordable, secure, habitable and in locations that provide reasonable access to employment, health-care, public transport, schools and other social and economic facilities.

Aims – Community Housing

  1. Ensure security of tenure for community housing tenants.
  2. Increased funding to reduce waiting lists for community housing.
  3. Targeted housing assistance and tax incentives for more effective community housing supply.
  4. Promote tenant participation in decisions about community housing services.

Aims – Private Rental

  1. Increase the supply of low cost private rental accommodation.
  2. Greater tenant rights, including strictly regulating tenancy databases, banning rental bidding, and amending legislation to end “without grounds” eviction.
  3. Greater tenant support and advocacy, in particular for vulnerable groups such as international students and rooming house and residential park residents.
  4. Ensure rent increases are not excessive relative to CPI.

Aims – Homelessness

  1. The elimination of homelessness.
  2. Improve integration of services and provision of financial support to the homeless.
  3. Increase the provision of crisis accommodation, including more dedicated family accommodation.
  4. Enable people in housing crisis to directly access permanent housing.
  5. Provide supportive housing for homeless people that facilitates independent housing solutions in preference to temporary and emergency ones.
  6. Promote the participation of homeless people in decisions regarding their housing services.

Aims – Planning Standards for Access, Health and Environmental Sustainability

  1. Strengthen disability access provisions in all new and existing buildings.
  2. Reduce the environmental impact of housing, both during construction and throughout the life of the building by promoting the use of eco-friendly or recycled construction materials and fittings.
  3. Enforce high minimum standards of durability, energy efficiency, noise insulation, privacy, and water conservation in new and old buildings.
  4. Adapt public and community housing to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as heat stress.
  5. Provide financial assistance to home-owners and landlords, for the installation of solar panels and energy and water efficiency retrofits.
  6. Mandatory disclosure of the energy ratings of residential buildings when they are for sale.
  7. Encourage experimental housing that fosters innovation and the above aims.