The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have signed the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) to improve outcomes for all Tasmanians across the housing spectrum, particularly those most in need.
The agreement, which will come into effect on July 1, replaces the expiring National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
This agreement commits $164 million over five years to ensure funding for frontline homelessness services is preserved, and that funding will continue to prioritise support for people affected by domestic violence and vulnerable young Australians.
“This is another example of the Hodgman Liberal Government working constructively with the Turnbull Government, in this case to secure ongoing funding to continue important housing and homelessness services,” Tasmanian Minister for Housing Roger Jaensch said.
“We have committed nearly $200 million in State funding over eight years, which is the largest ever Tasmanian Government investment into affordable housing in the State’s history.”
Federal Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar said the agreement will deliver more affordable housing for Tasmanians.
“This agreement makes Commonwealth funding for homelessness permanent and indexed for the first time, ending the uncertainty for frontline providers that existed under previous arrangements that required the funding to be regularly renewed,” he said.
“The Federal Government is guaranteeing the essential services Australians rely on, including this critical housing support, through responsible budget management and our plan for a stronger economy.”