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Regional NSW locked out of housing debate

Regional housing providers have called on the NSW government to address chronic housing stress in local communities experiencing among the highest levels of housing stress and homelessness in Australia.

NSW will need 316,766 new social and affordable dwellings by 2036 to meet current shortfall and projected demand. But while housing conversations are centred on Sydney’s soaring rents, 1 in 3 of these new dwellings is needed outside the capital.

The rental market is facing renewed scrutiny after the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot revealed yesterday that minimum wage earners and people on government support struggle to find anything affordable to rent in almost all of NSW.

In less than two decades, regional NSW will need 83,500 new social housing homes for people in the local community on very low incomes and government support such the aged pension or Newstart.

The state will need another 33,487 below market rentals properties to provide relief for local families surviving on minimum wages or low incomes.

CHIA NSW Chair, John McKenna said regional towns and country areas are being ignored in debates around housing and housing affordability.

“It’s clear when you compare population sizes that communities in regional NSW are in just as desperate need – if not more than – for social and affordable housing than they are in Sydney,” Mr McKenna said.

“A combination of lower wages and increasing rents and house price mean that people in regional NSW are doing it tougher than almost anywhere else in Australia, going without many essentials including food just to pay the rent.

“The flow on effect to local economies is huge. Too many politicians are still saying move to country areas because it’s cheaper, but the reality is very different for many people already living in these areas.

“The government has said regional infrastructure is a priority – housing is absolutely critical infrastructure that must be funded in all areas of NSW, not just in the city.”

Media contact: Hannah Craft, 0423 377 965

Regional NSW locked out of housing debate – 1 in 3 new social and affordable homes are needed outside Sydney

22,700 new social and affordable homes needed in Newcastle Hunter region

12,000 new social and affordable homes needed in Richmond and Tweed

6,900 new social and affordable homes needed in New England

4,600 new social and affordable homes needed in Riverina region

6,900 new social and affordable homes needed in Central West

Anglicare snapshot finds just two homes for Newstart recipients

The Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot released today shows the urgent need for more social and affordable housing across NSW, the state’s not for profit housing industry said today, with just two rental listings in Australia suitable for single Newstart recipients.

The 2019 snapshot shows that once again minimum wage earners and people on government support struggle to find anything affordable to rent in Sydney or almost all regional NSW areas, while two homes in the Riverina and Orange regions were the only rental listings in Australia that a single person on Newstart could afford.
CHIA NSW Chair, John McKenna said the 2019 snapshot shows that despite lower house prices in parts of Sydney, many low income renters are worse off than they were 12 months ago.

“After 10 years of the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot the private rental market is still failing hundreds of thousands of households in Sydney and across NSW,” Mr McKenna said.

“Unfortunately investment in social and affordable housing has fallen a long way behind rent increases and population growth, which means many households struggling in the private market have nowhere else to go.

“Waiting lists for social housing alone are up to a decade long in almost every part of Sydney and the Illawarra.

“We also know there’s a shortfall of almost 140,000 social housing properties across the state right now, and we’ll need more than 300,000 social and affordable homes by 2036 to close the current gap and keep up with population growth.”Mr McKenna said community housing providers across NSW could start meeting that demand with the right planning reforms, financial support and a commitment from all levels of government.

“We need more affordable rental options for households struggling everywhere in our state, particularly people with a disability, aged pensioners, job seekers and families struggling to keep a roof over their heads on a minimum wage,” Mr McKenna said.

“We really need the State Government to develop a comprehensive Housing Strategy for the whole of NSW that spells out exactly when, where and how we can deliver the social and affordable housing our local communities need.”

Media contact: Hannah Craft 0423 377 965

Anglicare snapshot finds just two homes for Newstart recipients as industry renews calls for community housing

Good Growth collaboration unveiled – a sign of what’s possible in South-West Sydney

A concept for a South-West Sydney development that combines diverse housing, green space, access to a university and transport and community gardens will be unveiled today by the Good Growth Alliance – a coalition of peak industry bodies and NGO leaders in Sydney.

Prepared as a case study, the concept will be presented at the Good Growth Housing Conference today (Monday 15 April) in Sydney.

Working with city and community shaping experts, Urbis, the proposed hypothetical development – Converge at Macarthur – seeks to benefit all in the community, whilst exemplifying liveable, sustainable and inclusive growth, all set within a commercial and economic reality.

Converge at Macarthur is a demonstration of good growth at its best: a development that benefits all in the community, exemplifies liveable, sustainable and inclusive growth and is set within a commercial and economic reality.

The design includes a provision for 30% social and affordable housing; 7,000+ sqm open space, 1.3km walking/cycling trail, public plaza and community hub site, all on a site that is currently unusable for the community. The residential development will include opportunities across the housing spectrum for people of all ages and life stages.

The commercially viable development model is based on an 13ha case study site in Macarthur and includes collaboration from all levels of government. The site is nearby to Macarthur Square Shopping Centre, Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus and TAFE NSW Campbelltown campus.

The design has been developed in consultation with all Alliance members: The Property Council of Australia, Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber; Community Housing Industry Association of NSW, Homelessness NSW and Shelter NSW. Landcom also provided input to the design, and intend to draw on the outcomes of the collaboration for future consultation and inform future planning of the site.

Moreover, the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW are running affordability modelling to develop the proposal.

The Good Growth Alliance was established in 2018 as a partnership between organisations representing Sydney’s business sector alongside housing NGOs to promote the benefits of good growth. The Alliance advocates for a sustainable plan for growth in Sydney, based on transparent, consistent and evidence-based decision making by political parties, local government and planners.

Media contact: Hannah Craft, 0423 377 965

Below: Current artist’s impression of Converge at Macarthur development

Quotes from:

“Good growth thrives on, and is a result of, collaboration, trust, transparency and a clear vision. Together with the Good Growth Alliance, Urbis is excited to demonstrate how a development can be responsive to community needs, well designed and commercially viable. We believe the learnings generated through this project can inspire the property industry, community housing providers, communities, peaks and all levels of
government to work together to shape cities and communities for a better future.”

Rachel Trigg, Community Planning Director, Urbis

“Keeping our communities diverse and liveable is beneficial to us all and Converge at Macarthur is proof that good growth is achievable when planned. Incorporating plans for affordable housing at the beginning of a project, rather than in retrospect, should be the norm. I look forward to working with policymakers at all levels of government to encourage the innovation that will ensure everyone, regardless of income, has a good home that they can afford.”

John McKenna, Chair, Community Housing Industry Association NSW

“Converge at Macarthur takes a piece of land that is vacant and unusable by the community and turns it into a design for a development that is a great place to live, has access to transport and contributes to the local area – it demonstrates the key principles of good placemaking and good growth. Now is the time for all levels of Government to have an open and honest conversation about how our city is growing, engage with industry and community, and get better planning outcomes.”

William Power, Acting NSW Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

“Growth can only be good if it stays true to its purpose and vision – to create communities that are inclusive, diverse and vibrant. We can and must change the conversation from the barriers and obstacles to the possibilities – how can we adapt, innovate and harness our collective talents to make our neighbourhoods work for everyone in our community.”

Karen Walsh, CEO of Shelter NSW

“Landcom were pleased to support the Good Growth Housing Conference which is why we put forward a site to be a case study. Although this was a hypothetical exercise it was clear that having all voices at the table made a great proposal. This will inform the actual planning of the site in consultation with the community in the next few years.”

Tasha Burrell, Executive General Manager Projects, Landcom

“This is a great initiative that brings together expertise from across Sydney to build a visionary, economical and sustainable development. As Sydney grows, The Committee supports this kind of development to establish new liveable, walkable and cohesive communities.”

James Hulme, Director of Advocacy, Committee for Sydney

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Industry calls for cross-cabinet approach to boosting affordable housing

Industry calls for cross-cabinet approach to boosting affordable housing

NSW’s not for profit community housing peak body, CHIA NSW, is urging new Ministers under the Berejiklian Government to prioritise building new social and affordable housing amid soaring rental stress across the state.

Premier Berejiklian’s new cabinet sees management of the housing sector split between two portfolios, with Melinda Pavey as Minister for Water, Property and Housing under the Planning and Industry cluster and Gareth Ward overseeing social housing as Minister for Family and Community Services under the Stronger Communities cluster.

CHIA NSW chair John McKenna has urged the NSW Government to develop a comprehensive evidence-based housing strategy to boost affordable housing supply and guide cross-portfolio collaboration.

“Housing that people can afford is essential infrastructure and including it in the Planning and Industry cluster is a promising shift for the new state government,” says Mr Mckenna. “A co- operative and fully-funded housing strategy between Minister Pavey and Minister Ward will serve as a critical link between clusters.”

“Minister Pavey’s new portfolio presents an opportunity to leverage more investment into Aboriginal housing and to deliver a better range of housing solutions for Aboriginal communities and low-income households across NSW.”

Recent modelling by the City Futures Research Centre found that Sydney needs almost 200,000 additional social and affordable homes by 2036.

And while the city remains the focus of housing debates, regional NSW fares little better, with over 117,000 additional social and affordable homes needed by 2036.

This will take years of sustained investment to fix, and Premier Berejiklian’s new government must start now with a plan to deliver the housing that NSW needs.

“CHIA NSW looks forward to working with the new state government and with Minister’s Pavey and Ward to ensure that everybody in NSW has a home they can afford.”

Media contact: Hannah Craft 0423 377 965

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Australia needs 1 million new homes to beat rental stress

Australia will need to build 1 million new social and Affordable rental homes for low and middle- income households over 20 years to meet current demand and keep pace with population growth, new analysis UNSW City Futures Research Centre released today shows.

Estimating need and costs of social and affordable housing delivery shows the scale of rental stress across the country means Australia will need 728,600 social housing properties and 295,000 Affordable rental homes by 2036.

Lead researcher, Laurence Troy said 22.5% of all housing growth will need to go towards social housing while a further 10% of growth needs to be below market Affordable rental homes.

One third of all homes – 316 766 – are needed in NSW, however regional Tasmania and South Australia have the highest rate of growth needed in social housing for households in the most chronic rental stress

“Our analysis shows that the sheer number of households in rental stress across the country means that if we’re going to meet the need, at least 12% of all our housing by 2036 will need to be social and affordable housing – which is a very reasonable ambition in global terms,” Mr Troy said.

“To cover the backlog of unmet need and future need in Australia two in ten new homes will need to be for social housing over the next 20 years, and a further one in ten for below market Affordable rental housing.”

The UNSW CFRC research is the first to model current housing shortages and the projected need for Affordable housing across Australia; and look at how the homes can be delivered, using different funding models.

It builds on analysis of social housing need released by AHURI in November.

The study shows it will cost Governments $8.6 billion a year to deliver the new social and Affordable rental homes in tandem with the not for profit sector.

“To put that into perspective Australia spends $11.8 billion a year on negative gearing and capital gains tax subsidies,” Mr Troy said.

“Based on our modelling, the best and cheapest way for governments to deliver on our unmet housing need is to fund it through a combination of upfront grants and low interest government supported financing.”

“Delivering below market rental housing through the not-for-profit sector, as opposed to the private equity model, will save $3 billion a year by removing developer mark-ups and shareholder returns.”

The needs analysis and financial modelling was commissioned by the community housing sector.

CHIA NSW Chair John McKenna said it was valuable data that would help the sector and governments plan housing where it is most needed.

“The study gives us a very clear picture of exactly what housing is needed in local communities not just in NSW and across Australia, which is invaluable information for developing desperately needed housing strategies at both a state and a federal level,” Mr McKenna said.

“The research indicates that delivering below market rental housing through the not for profit sector is the most cost effective option.

“It also shows is the cost of delivering homes will vary according to land prices – in Sydney for example, land makes up 72% of the cost of development.

“The number of homes that we need is clearly enormous but it can be delivered if all levels of government work together and recognise that subsidised housing is not possible without government subsidy in some form.

“State and local governments need to step up to provide the housing their communities need – either through capital grants in cash or government land, and planning mechanism that recognise housing as critical local infrastructure that will help their local communities thrive.”

Key points:

  • Australia will need 1, 023 888 social and affordable homes by 2036
    • 36,400 social housing properties a year
    • 14,800 Affordable rental homes a year
  • The scale of rental stress for people on low and middle incomes means that just 46% of Australian households in need of social housing are receiving it.
  • The Government will save $3.2 billion a year delivering the affordable housing through the not for profit sector ($1.1 billion) than the for profit sector ($4.5 billion) – because it removes investor return and equity
  • The cheapest way to deliver the housing we need is through a combination of capital grants and financing through the National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC), which reduces the money CHPs need to borrow, and provides access to cheaper financing.
    • Social housing $5.3 billion a year
    • Affordable housing $3.3 billion a year
  • The cost of delivering homes needed will vary according to local land prices – the biggest development cost.

NB national and NSW housing needs tables below

Media contact: Hannah Craft 0423 377 965

State Social housing shortfall 2019 Affordable housing shortfall 2019 Protected extra social housing needed by 2036 Projected affordable housing needed by 2036 Total need by 2036
ACT 3,100 2,400 5,200 1,100 11,700
NSW 137,100 79,400 76,100 24,100 316 800
NT 7,500 1,500 7900 500 17,300
QLD 102,700 54,700 73,000 23,900 254,300
SA 33,100 10,200 16,200 2,300 61,900
TAS 11,100 3,400 3,000 500 17,900
VIC 103,800 42,700 62300 16,800 225,600
WA 39,200 19,300 47,200 12,600 118,400
AUSTRALIA 437,600 213,700 291100 81,600 1,023, 888

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Report finds fixing the housing crisis is a valuable multibillion- dollar infrastructure investment for NSW

The state’s dysfunctional housing system is costing NSW billions in lost labour supply and lower productivity and at the same time workers are losing out on significant potential extra income, a new study by the UNSW City Futures Research Centre shows.

The Strengthening Economic Cases for Housing report models the economic impacts of a housing investment programme, an approach that’s widely taken for other essential infrastructure such as roads and public transport.

The study modelled and compared the outcomes for an identical group of people living in Sydney neighbourhoods that were (1) far away or (2) close by to a range of jobs and services.

It also factored the cost to government of investing in 125,000 new affordable rented homes over ten years in well-located neighbourhoods. The results are great news for both the individuals and the NSW economy.

Key findings include:

  • Individual workers could save the equivalent of $2,500 per year in travel time through shorter commute times, and with half the saved time used for working this would lead to extra $1.13 billion of labour supply for the growing NSW economy;
  • Moving workers closer to a wider range of jobs will see their skills better used and their incomes increased by between $12,000 to $41,000 more a year (depending on their qualifications) by locating to neighbourhoods with job densities;
  • These increased earnings should lead to a $17.57 billion boost to the economy over 40 years.

This represents a major productivity gain;

  • Even after factoring in the $7.8 billion it will cost to invest in 125,000 affordable rented homes over 10 years, the economy would still be around $12 billion better off.

Lead researcher Professor Duncan Maclennan said the findings are clear evidence that governments must start treating housing as economic infrastructure, rather than simply a social or public good.

“It’s clear that investing in housing provides far more economic benefit than it costs and it is clear that Sydney can not keep taking it’s business as usual approach to pushing development out to the fringes of the city where there isn’t the jobs or infrastructure to support it,” Professor Maclennan said.

“When governments spend money on investments like roads, schools and affordable housing, the gains of these projects are not easy to identify.

“But when investment creates new and better ways of doing things it’s described as increasing productivity – and that kind of investment helps not just individuals but lifts the whole economy.

“With so many Sydneysiders pushed further away from work, paying rents above 30 per cent of their incomes to the tune of just under $6000 every year it would be difficult to understand a failure to act at State and Federal levels.

“Supporting affordable housing in the right places for Sydney households below median incomes has a large, lasting and plausible growth and productivity impact on at least a par with transport infrastructure and far outweighing the cost to government.”

The study was jointly commissioned by organisations from the private sector, not for profits and government all with an interest in seeing the housing system recognised as of fundamental importance to a healthy economy.

It is an important step forward in the way that housing sectors, in Australia and elsewhere, makes cases for government support for housing.

Quotes attributable to Wendy Hayhurst, CEO CHIA NSW:

We have always known that everybody needs secure and affordable housing – it is the foundation on which people can go on to do all the other important things in life including contributing to the country’s economic well being. What this work shows is that by failing to properly invest in affordable housing we are throwing away potentially billions in lost income. The good news is, we now have the evidence that should convince governments to treat housing as a priority for future infrastructure investment.

Quotes attributable to Andrew Cairns, CEO Community Sector Banking

“The clear message from this challenging and thought-provoking report is this: housing policy can no longer be stand-alone – to better address the burgeoning issues of housing availability and affordability, housing must be fully integrated with infrastructure, employment and economic policy setting.”

Quotes attributable to Jane Fitzgerald, Property Council NSW Executive Director:

“This ground-breaking research provides clear new evidence that if you put housing in the right places and encourage good growth, then there will be better economic outcomes for residents, an increase in productivity and our economy grows – our policy makers would do well to sit up and take notice and refocus their approach to housing in NSW.”

Quotes attributable to Karen Walsh, Shelter NSW CEO:

We sometimes hear about the property ‘wealth effect’ and how important that is for the economy. We expect that’s lost its meaning for the large number of people who will be renting long into their working lives, because home-ownership remains out of reach.

“Thinking instead about the ‘productivity effect’ of well-located and affordable housing opens up some very interesting and important conversations.  We’re very pleased to have supported this research, which prompts us to consider how we might all be a little better off if we took a somewhat different approach to housing.”

The full report is can be found here

Media contacts:  Jenny Stokes 0478 504 280; UNSW Diane Nazaroff 0424 479 199

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CHIA NSW 2019 Election Platform – Housing Our Community

The shortage of social and affordable housing in NSW means that many households are paying far more in rent than they can afford and are unable to secure their own home. Solving this problem requires a long term housing strategy, actively led and invested in by the government.

CHIA NSW’s Election Platform sets out a pathway to more social and affordable housing.  This NSW election, community housing providers are asking for all parties to support a series of actions, including the development of a comprehensive housing strategy backed by a commitment to new supply targets and a dedicated housing minister.

Download a copy of the CHIA NSW 2019 Election Platform – Housing Our Community

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MEDIA RELEASE: Good Growth Alliance: A Better Sydney and Stronger NSW

Sydney’s peak industry bodies and NGO leaders have joined forces to promote the benefits of well-planned growth in Sydney and wider NSW.

The Property Council, the Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber together with the Community Housing Industry Association of NSW, Homelessness NSW and Shelter NSW have formed the Good Growth Alliance.
The Alliance has written an open letter to the NSW Premier and NSW Leader of the Opposition to call for a sustainable plan for growth in Sydney, based on transparent, consistent and evidence-based decision-making by political parties, local government and urban planners.

The Good Growth Alliance has ten proposals which it believes will create a better Sydney and a stronger NSW.
This includes holding a Good Growth Summit within 100 days of the 2019 NSW Election, so communities, industry and government can collaborate more strongly on making Sydney a sustainable, liveable global city by 2050.
The nine other points include:

  1. Boosting housing and driving a renewed policy focus by developing an evidence-based NSW Housing Strategy and funded action plan to increase the supply of social, affordable, key worker and ‘at market’ housing including build-to-rent.
  2. Taking the lead on housing issues by appointing a Minister for Housing to deliver the NSW Housing Strategy and establish a multi-sector advisory council.
  3. Delivering at least 5000 additional social housing dwellings per year for the next 10 years by introducing a Capital Growth Fund to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
  4. Reducing homelessness by committing to an action plan that addresses the key causes of homelessness with the goal of ending homelessness in NSW by 2028.
  5. Planning for growth and equity by ensuring new communities have the same access to public transport, employment, education and community infrastructure as established communities.
  6. Supporting better innovation and design in housing by establishing a housing innovation fund and investigate regulatory barriers to delivering innovative models and design options that improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of living.
  7. Delivering a 30-minute city by identifying existing and new public transport corridors and station precincts that can accommodate the needs and aspirations of existing communities and support the development of compact residential, commercial, community, education and health hubs.
  8. Inspiring community and industry confidence in the planning system by introducing enforceable key performance indicators for Development Approvals at a local and state level.
  9. Conducting an inquiry into the current funding for social and economic infrastructure in growing communities, including developer contributions, with the aim of providing industry and community greater certainty and consistency.


Community Housing Industry Association NSW CEO Wendy Hayhurst said development in Sydney needed to work for everyone.

“Cities change and grow constantly and what we want to do is make sure the changes are positive – that existing residents aren’t pushed out, that new buildings add to the neighbourhood’s attractions, and that transport and community infrastructure is delivered.

“By 2020, the community housing sector in NSW will deliver 2700 homes across the state, which is almost $1 billion in investment in local communities, however, it’s not anywhere near enough if we are to make a difference to the many people throughout NSW who are paying too much of their income on housing costs,” Ms Hayhurst said.

Shelter NSW CEO Karen Walsh said the Alliance brought together the hearts and minds of those who cared about the future of Sydney and broader NSW.

“We need to ensure density means high quality, inclusive housing that is affordable for people on lower incomes. We are committed to a growing Sydney that is equitable, accessible, affordable, vibrant and inclusive. Sydney’s growth presents an opportunity for us to create a world class city – and that’s not just by how it looks, but how it feels and how well we live in it,” she said.

Homelessness NSW CEO Katherine McKernan said: “From 2011 – 2016 homelessness in Sydney increased by 48 per cent compared to 14 per cent nationally despite significant economic growth. We need to ask ourselves what kind of city we want Sydney to be and make a commitment to ensure that we can provide safe, appropriate and affordable housing particularly to the most disadvantaged,” she said.

Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said: “The choice in Sydney and NSW is not between growth and no growth, the only choice we have is between good growth and bad growth; Our organisations believe in changing the public conversation about our State’s future to one about good growth that is sustainable, equitable and liveable and are calling on all political parties to adopt policy positions that ensure this happens,” she said.

Committee for Sydney Acting CEO Eamon Waterford said: “The fact that so many people want to live and work in our city reflects how great Sydney is. They are attracted by our buoyant economy, great lifestyle and great career opportunities. But growth must be planned for to ensure that our city continues to function effectively as it increases in size.

That means ensuring that areas of growth have the right infrastructure and that growing communities are given additional investment. Growth can also help to make Sydney a fair place to live, by improving access to social and affordable housing and creating more job opportunities. Our choice is not Growth or No Growth but Bad Growth or Good Growth. We are delighted to partner with the Alliance to promote Good Growth,” he said.

Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director Patricia Forsythe said all sectors needed to work with government to ensure housing was accessible for all.

“When we think about Sydney’s future, efficient planning regulations and a diverse mix of housing is critical to the city’s success and collaboration between housing organisations, business and government is key,” Mrs Forsythe said.

Media Contact: Jenny Stokes: 0478 504 280

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MEDIA RELEASE: Large scale investment in housing infrastructure will address single biggest cost of living for NSW households

A landmark housing study released today shows NSW needs 212,000 new social housing properties over the next 20 years to meet the current shortfall and meet the needs of people in housing stress as the economy the state’s economy and population grows.

The AHURI study by RMIT and UNSW researchers shows that NSW accounts for 30% of social housing need in Australia, with 141,000 new properties needed in Sydney, and 72,000 in regional NSW by 2036 to address the current shortage and meet the future needs of people who are homeless and, renters on very low incomes who are paying more than 30% of their earnings on housing costs.

According to the needs analysis Sydney has a shortage of 80,000 social housing properties, with a 10,000 shortfall in the Parramatta area alone.  In the rest of NSW there is a shortage of 56,000 social housing properties.

CHIA NSW CEO, Wendy Hayhurst, said the AHURI report showed the investment needed in housing infrastructure to alleviate the single biggest cost of living expense for many people in NSW.

“The state has a thriving economy and we need to make sure that the growth that flows from this includes everyone in NSW,” Ms Hayhurst said.

“We need to invest in good growth and that means recognising that housing, like schools, hospitals, roads or rail is a part of the critical infrastructure that is vital to creating liveable and sustainable towns, cities and communities.

“The AHURI report shows us what we need to do to ensure our lower income earners, whether they are childcare workers, looking after older people, hospital cleaners or households earning a minimum wage, have a safe, secure and affordable roof over their head.

“Yes it comes with what seems a hefty price tag – as does any infrastructure but we will reap the social and economic dividends downstream and let’s face it NSW isn’t without the resources to put into this.

“AHURI has said the most cost effective way forward is through capital grants to community housing providers, either through access to land and/or capital funding, alongside the availability of cheaper finance through the National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC) the Federal government has already established.

“Of course it isn’t just the state government’s responsibility, every level of government must step up. Continuing to do nothing isn’t an option if we want to see NSW continue to thrive.

The full study is at

Social housing need in Sydney (rounded to nearest 000)

Sydney suburbs Shortfall 2017 Additional to 2036 Number of social housing homes needed by 2036
Central Coast 7,200 4,400 11,500
Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury 1,300 600 1,900
Blacktown 5,300 5,200 10,500
City and Inner South 6,100 6,600 12,700
Eastern Suburbs 3,100 2,800 5,900
Inner South West 13,000 9,200 22,100
Inner West 4,800 3,100 7,900
North Sydney and Hornsby 3,800 2,300 6,100
Northern Beaches 1,800 1,300 3,100
Outer South West 3,700 3,700 7,400
Outer West and Blue Mountains 5,000 3,600 8,600
Parramatta 10,600 8,000 18,700
Ryde 2,300 1,700 4,000
South West12 10,000 7,200 17,200
Sutherland 1,600 1,400 3,000
Total 80,000 61,000 141,000


Social Housing need – regional NSW follows

Suburbs Shortfall 2017 Additional to 2036 Number of social housing homes needed by 2036
Capital Region 4,000 1,100 5,100
Central West 4,100 1,200 5,300
Coffs Harbour Grafton 3,800 900 4,700
Far West and Orana 2,200 800 3,000
Hunter Valley 5,800 1,500 7,300
Illawarra 5,000 2,000 6,900
Mid North Coast 5,900 1,400 7,300
Murray 2,500 600 3,100
New England and North West 4,300 1,200 5,500
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie 6,300 2,200 8,500
Richmond Tweed 6,500 1,500 7,900
Riverina 2,900 800 3,700
Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven 2,900 800 3,700
Total 56,000 16,000 72,000

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MEDIA RELEASE: Grattan report shows NSW needs urgent housing action

The state’s strong budget outlook is a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in social and affordable housing to support the thousands of people in NSW struggling with rental stress and homelessness, the state’s not-for-profit housing sector said today.

A Grattan Institute report released today shows NSW has the strongest budget in Australia but the lowest rates of social housing and the highest rates of rental stress and increasing homelessness.

According to the report, NSW has experienced the sharpest decline in social housing levels over the past five years.

The number of low income households (households in the bottom 40% of income earners) experiencing rental stress has increased by 10 per cent, with 1 in 2 low income households in NSW now in rental stress.

Homelessness rates have also increased by 10 .7% – again the highest in the country.

CHIA NSW CEO Wendy Hayhurst said with the state’s budget surplus based largely on rising house prices NSW must urgently commit to investing in policies and programs for families left behind by the boom.

“NSW needs 12,500 social and affordable homes a year to fill the shortfall we have now and meet the needs of our growing population, which is vital if we are to support people in housing stress now and avoid increasing housing unaffordability even further down the track for our children,” Ms Hayhurst said.

“Today’s report also shows once again that we have money here in NSW to invest in housing that market mechanisms can’t provide.

“Real estate prices in Sydney have dropped slightly, but whether a house is 12 or 11 times the average income is immaterial when you’re a renter struggling just to keep a roof over your head and your income hasn’t gone up. Getting together a deposit in these circumstances is nigh impossible.

“The NSW government has some good programs in place but they won’t fill the gap.

“We need investment and planning reforms in NSW to encourage more the growth of not-for-profit social and affordable housing in local communities across NSW and secure future economic growth. Today’s report shows we have the surplus and the money to do it, we just need the will.

“We’re also hoping this report encourages the NSW government to release its Social Housing Strategy as soon as possible.”

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