Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

29 May 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Housing

Delivering our commitment for more social and affordable housing

The March Quarterly Housing Report confirms the Tasmanian Government is delivering on our commitment to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in Tasmania.

The report shows the Government built 69 social housing dwellings in the March quarter, taking the total number of social houses built for Tasmanians in need to more than 400 over 12 months.

The report also shows that over the March quarter:

  • 15 people were assisted into home ownership including 8 who built new homes through HomeShare;
  • 13 lots of land were released to the market to allow for new affordable housing;
  • 25 households were assisted into subsidised private rentals; and
  • 21 households were assisted into Supported accommodation.

Increasing the supply of affordable housing is more important than ever as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as it will ensure Tasmanians have safe and secure accommodation, while supporting jobs in our vital building and construction sector.

Our road map for economic and social recovery will include the most aggressive construction program in Tasmania’s history, with work underway to identify affordable housing projects that can be brought forward or commenced swiftly right across the State.

Importantly, there are currently around 250 homes under construction and Community Housing Grants worth $34 million expected to deliver 300 new homes over the next few years.

We are also continuing to deliver a significant number of projects to help Tasmanians in need, with work progressing on transitioning the Waratah Hotel into a 24 unit supported accommodation facility.

These works are being done by local firm Fairbrother, supporting local jobs when they are needed most and we expect the facility will be up and running by the end of the year.

We will continue to deliver our plan for more affordable housing in Tasmania as it will boost our economy, create more jobs for Tasmanians, and help more people into safe and secure accommodation.

The report can be found here:

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