Safe + Well Green Paper: Redefining Housing Affordability

Angie Bletsas, Frances Crimmins, Travis Gilbert, Michael Hopkins, Claire Lloyd Jones, Alistair MacCallum, Liisa  Wallace, Australian Policy Online

To coincide with Anti-Poverty Week, 11-17 October, an ACT based research committee released the ‘Safe + well green paper: redefining housing affordability’. The Green Paper identifies housing affordability as one of the greatest drivers of inequality in Canberra, highlighting major issues, including a lack of community housing options and high rental stress for low-income earners in the private market. The paper is focus on seven areas – rental housing affordability, after-housing poverty, Canberra’s working and ageing poor, youth housing affordability, sustainable and realistic rents for low income households, Canberra’s growing affordable housing problem, and housing vulnerability for women in the ACT.

Housing affordability is a complex issue, and sustainable solutions will require engagement from government, the community sector and the private sector.

Some of the recommendations from the paper include:

  • Partnerships with ACT Government, Shelter ACT, community housing providers and industry players to diversify affordable housing options
  • Additional social housing properties with income based rent setting (30% or less of assessable income)
  • Additional affordable rental properties (at 74.9% of market rent)
  • Options for affordable home purchase
  • More affordable and supported housing options for young people
  • Ongoing funding for accommodation and support services; including early intervention services
  • Increased supply of government housing targeted to the needs of people on the waiting list and people currently in government housing who are ageing and whose families have left home
  • Regular reviews of the concept of ‘affordable housing’ to ensure it is realistic and sustainable for tenants into the future

This paper highlights the variety of options available to the ACT Government, rather than presenting a definitive list of recommendations.

To read the full paper, click here.



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