25th May, 2017
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
Guy Barnett, Minister for Building and Construction
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to making housing more affordable for Tasmanians.
We are already rolling out a nation-leading $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan that is delivering on our commitment to build over 900 new homes and affordable housing options for 1600 Tasmanian households in need.
But we know that more needs to be done, especially to help people enter the housing market.
That’s why the 2017-18 Budget contains a New Housing Incentive Package, which will make it easier for Tasmanians to build new housing.
The Package has five key features:
Various Government departments and Government businesses have significant land holdings and we have tasked Treasury with conducting a review to determine what land may be suitable for repurposing for housing to increase the availability of supply to either support the Government’s Housing Affordability Strategy or to the broader housing market.
An Affordable Housing Working Group will also be established to be jointly led by Housing Tasmania and Treasury. Membership will include Non-Government Organisations that support vulnerable Tasmanians, as well as those organisations that represent the home building and construction sector. This will ensure we get the maximum community benefit from any land identified as part of the audit.
It is expected that this review will be completed later this year.
Through this process, the Government wants to help make the dream of owning your own home a reality for more Tasmanians.