Thursday, February 22, 2024

Time for Councils to have a say on national housing plan

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is urging Councils to register to have their say on the Federal Government’s new National Housing and Homelessness Plan.

“ALGA looks forward to working with the Government on the development of this plan, and highlighting the vital role local governments can play in addressing the national housing crisis,” the Association said in an online statement.

The National Plan will be a 10-year strategy and aims to outline a shared vision to inform future housing and homelessness policy in Australia.

In a statement, the Department of Social Services said the National Plan was an opportunity to broadly assess issues constraining the current housing system.

“It provides a chance to identify actions needed to address the significant challenges facing the housing and homelessness sectors,” the Department said.

“The National Plan will set out the key short, medium and longer term reforms needed to improve outcomes across the housing spectrum. It will also consider the specific housing and homelessness challenges faced by groups who tend to experience disadvantage.”

The Department says it will begin stakeholder engagement activities in the second quarter of 2023. Councils and individuals can register to be part of the process here.

Further information on the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council is available on the Treasury website.

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