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Our Housing Future 2020–2030 is South Australia’s housing, homelessness and support strategy. The Strategy will redefine and reform the housing system in South Australia over the next 10 years.

South Australia is poised to experience significant economic growth as it continues its transition from traditional manufacturing to emerging industries. A state rich in entrepreneurship, internationally known as Australia’s defence hub and a leading premium food and agricultural exporter, South Australia is fast cementing its position as a national and world leader in a modern economy.

Central to this economic growth and transformation is housing.While traditionally considered a key component of social policy, housing’s importance to successful economic policy is becoming more and more evident. Its significant role in creating healthy,strong and cohesive communities is increasingly being linked to the economic wellbeing of individuals and state.

Put simply, if we want more young people to choose Adelaide as a great place to build careers and start a family, we need a good supply of affordable housing options. If we want more investors to invest in our state and build creative housing solutions, we need a well-functioning housing market that offers new opportunities.If we want our most vulnerable citizens to achieve improved economic and life outcomes, we need targeted responses that stop the cycling of people through homelessness and increase their access to stable housing.

To do this, fresh thinking is required. While not losing sight of the things we know we do well, we need to reflect on how South Australians want to be housed into the future. We need to consider a variety of solutions that meet a range of housing needs; solutions that are accessible, affordable and appropriate for all income levels, all ages, all circumstances – solutions that help people move along the housing continuum, and where possible, realise the dream of owning a home. We also need to consider how we improve and better maintain the social housing we currently have and ensure support services are person-centred and outcomes-driven.

The Strategy is a long-term blueprint that not only shows what needs to be achieved, but that it can be achieved if we work together. Shaped by extensive research and broad engagement with the housing industry, homelessness sector and people who have experienced the reality of not having a home, it shines a spotlight on the need to:

  • Put the housing customer at the centre of decision-making,service provision and planning
  • Build better and easier pathways for South Australians to access appropriate housing options
  • Develop a more coordinated, transparent and efficient approach to housing and service provision across the housing continuum
  • Improve the conditions for investors to invest in creative housing solutions across the housing spectrum
  • Encourage new partnerships and collaborations where partners share a common vision and generate and share new ideas
  • Focus efforts and resources on solutions that are strategic,adaptive and sustainable for generations to come.

Success cannot be achieved alone – it depends on the support and cooperation of all our partners. While government can create the conditions for change, we want our industry and not-for-profit partners to work with us to change the system and be part of the solution that drives new investment vehicles and new ideas along the housing continuum.

To drive partner and sector investment from not-for-profit and private industry into the state’s housing future, the state government is directing more than half a billion dollars to 2030:

  • More than $452 million into new social and affordable housing supply
  • $75 million to start addressing the public housing capital maintenance backlog to 2030 and to improve sustainability and energy efficiency of public housing, where appropriate and possible
  • $20 million to support innovative housing trials where there are clear gaps in the system, with the aim of generating further investment through partnerships; and to reduce the reliance on emergency accommodation for people in need.

From 2021/22, an additional $5 million to the Affordable Housing Fund over five years will provide for an additional 100 HomeStart Finance Starter Loans per annum to 2026.

Innovative partnerships with the sector are expected to result in a further $220 million construction investment as part of Community Housing Asset and Investment Plans, which are planned to result in more than 1000 homes, of which 720 are projected to be retained as social and affordable housing. Further, a government-funded $400,000 affordable community housing land tax exemption pilot will offer 100 supported opportunities in the private rental market over five years for eligible social housing customers, enabling participants to sustain independent living arrangements.

The actions outlined in this strategy do not try to resolve all the housing challenges or settle for a one-size-fits-all system. Rather, they seek to build the foundations for long-term, systemic change that will have far reaching impacts now and for future generations.

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What is a 'Housing Ecosystem'?

South Australia’s housing ecosystem is complex and is made up of many inter-related parts – each dependent upon the other. It covers all areas of housing, from crisis response, to social housing, private rental and home ownership. Parts of our current housing ecosystem are not working well and need reform.

By putting the customer at the centre and linking all the parts together, we’ll be able to create pathways for people to better access and maintain appropriate housing.

The State government is committing:

  • More than $452 million into new social and affordable housing supply
  • $75 million to start addressing the public housing capital maintenance backlog
  • $20 million to support innovative housing trials where there are clear gaps in the system, with the aim of generating further investment through partnerships

The Numbers


1.68 Million South Australians

1,085,781 People in home ownership

  • With finance 656,563
  • Owned outright 429,218

354,207 People in private rental

  • Through real estate agent 211,014
  • Other 143,193

6,224 People experiencing homelessness

  • Rough Sleepers 387
  • Other 5,837*

Housing suitability in South Australia is affected by the ageing population and workforce casualisation.

*Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census of Populating and Housing


673,000 Occupied private dwellings

46,624 Social housing rental properties

  • Public housing 75%
  • Community housing 25%

$471,900 Adelaide medial house price*

While among the lowest of all Australian capital cities, Adelaide’s lower income levels affect overall housing affordability, and there is evidence of growing income and housing cost inequality.

*Median house sales by quarter, September 2019, sa.gov.au

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