Housing Minister and Housing NZ boss visiting social housing areas across the ditch to get some policy pointers

Housing Minister and Housing NZ boss visiting social housing areas across the ditch to get some policy pointers

Housing Minister Nick Smith and Housing NZ chief executive Glen Sowry are spending the next week in Australia taking a close look at how social housing works across the ditch.

“Social housing in New Zealand, unlike most countries, is dominated by state provision," Smith said.

"Research shows we can get better results from a more diverse social housing sector. The Government’s ambition is to dramatically grow the community social housing sector to provide 20 per cent of social housing. Australia has achieved this over the past two decades and I want to learn from their experience."

Smith and Sowry will be having a close look at social housing in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Social housing in Australia is a state government responsibility and community social housing makes up about 20% social housing stock - compared with less than 1% in New Zealand, Smith said.

In its May 16 Budget this year the Government introduced new measures aimed at opening up the provision of social housing to a number of providers.

“Our Social Housing Reform Bill currently before Parliament is a game changer for community social housing," Smith said.

"It will enable approved community housing providers to access the income related rent subsidy that is currently only available to Housing New Zealand. We are also growing the sector with grants from the Social Housing Fund,” he said.

“The success of these reforms is dependent on getting the detail right. I want to look in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane at their system for registering social housing providers, how they ensure quality housing, how their system is funded and the different approaches to expanding the sector.

“I also want to shift Housing New Zealand away from intensive state housing suburbs to mixed tenure developments. I will be visiting a number of redevelopments where there is a mix of state, affordable and community social housing.

“New Zealand and Australia share similar major challenges over housing affordability and supply. We need to be open to learning from their experiences as we reform our systems to get better outcomes for families.”

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7 Comments

"Dare you put social housing in my suburb, in my street" says a home owner.

They already have..in Parnell just down the road from JK..

another nice junket.english has been 'talking' about the so called 'third sector' of housing for years, and not much action

With luck the trip is/was only to see the origin game.

From what we saw when we we went up country. Remote communities can be more 3rd world. And the almost tribal groupings in some syd and mel burbs are more balkan in style. Nothing gold about the coast and Bris with areas like browns plains look more off the set of Breaking Bad....
Then add in fly in fly out culture.....

Nothing to see there....... other than the future not....

The Gan is good and we like Perth so not all bad :)

Removed not by Ed. A x2.

National's progess on housing is glacial...their slow pace isn't a problem, because the opposition aren't pursuing the housing issue properly...instead Labour prefers to moan about the GSCB etc. etc..