Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

16 April 2018

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Housing

New Affordable Housing Report shows Plan progress

Data from the latest Quarterly Affordable Housing Report has revealed that the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan is working to address Tasmania’s housing shortage.

So far our Affordable Housing Strategy has helped more than 500 new households into affordable, secure and safe homes and is on track to assisting 1,600 households into affordable housing by June 2019.

As at the end of March, we have helped 532 new households to access safe and affordable housing including:

  • 243 households assisted into affordable home ownership;
  • 46 new supported accommodation units completed and utilised;
  • 37 households assisted into new social housing;
  • 65 affordable land lots released;
  • 24 new crisis and medium term (transitional) properties provided;
  • 6 households assisted into micro-housing;
  • 10 households assisted into disability accommodation; and
  • 101 households assisted in escaping family violence.

These initiatives have supplied 249 new homes, providing not only a home but also supporting the state's economy, creating hundreds of jobs from planning through to construction.

While the Tasmanian Government is delivering on its plan to provide real relief for Tasmanians in need of affordable housing, we know that there is still more work to be done.

Next quarter we are expecting to see an additional 230 new homes completed by June 2018.

That is why we are investing a further $125 million in the second stage of our Affordable HousingStrategy.  This is expected to provide an additional 1500 new affordable homes for Tasmanians, and assist around 2000 households.

This is on top of the $73.5 million already invested into housing, bringing the total investment to almost $200 million over eight years.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is also delivering on:

  • The nine key solutions identified by the Housing Summit;
  • The Private Rental Landlord incentives pilot scheme; and
  • Our election commitments which includes:
    • 50% stamp duty holiday for first home buyers for homes up to $400,000;
    • A three year land tax holiday for all new-build housing available for long term rental; and
    • A 50% stamp duty discount for seniors downsizing.

A full copy of the report can be found here: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/housing/tasmanian_affordable_housing_strategy

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