Australians have their say on the future of housing

Hundreds of Australians have already taken the opportunity to have their say on the future of housing as the Albanese Government continues development of the National Housing and Homelessness Plan.

The Minister for Housing Julie Collins today joined young Australians for a consultation in Hobart which will continue this discussion.

The Plan will help set out a shared national vision on tackling the country’s housing challenges across the responsibilities of different levels of government, and how best to support those experiencing housing stress and homelessness.

This consultation is just one of many targeted consultations the Albanese Government has undertaken to ensure a broad range of experiences and ideas are informing the development of the Plan.

Face-to-face consultations began in Geelong on 28 August of this year, with 41 face-to-face consultations held across 21 locations in Australia so far, with two more locations left to go.

The Government has also held two public webinars and a number of online consultations, bringing diverse perspectives and opinions on what form the Plan should take.

Also informing the development of the Plan was an Issues Paper on Housing and Homelessness in Australia, which was released on 7 August 2023.

The Government has received almost 500 submissions in response to the Issues Paper, all of which will help to inform and shape the Plan.

Further information and updates on the development of the Plan can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

A summary of the key themes coming from the consultation processes will be published on the DSS Engage website. The Government is working collaboratively with state and territory governments to develop the Plan.

The new National Housing and Homelessness Plan is just one part of the Albanese Government’s ambitious housing reform agenda.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Housing, Julie Collins:

“Listening to those directly affected by the country’s housing and homelessness challenges is key to making lasting, positive change.

“Today many young Australians stood up to share their experiences of the challenges they face in securing appropriate housing and their aspirations for the future.

“I thank all those Australians who have spoken about the housing challenges and barriers they’ve faced, as well as share their ideas about how we can build a better future for Australia.”