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All South Australians have access to appropriate and affordable housing that contributes to social inclusion and economic participation.

Success is:

  • Customer at centre  
  • Effective and Efficient industry
  • Matching the right supply to demand  
  • Targeted Support  

Key Strategies

1.  Create Conditions for well-functioning housing market that meets the housing needs of all South Australians

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1.1 Recognising housing as essential to the social, economic and environmental infrastructure and is included in the 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy short
1.2 Creating an appropriate land supply pipeline and diversity of housing supply through a responsive planning and zoning system commencing with the introduction of the Planning and Design Code by 1 July 2020. short
1.3 Establishing leadership and governance mechanisms to coordinate housing policy across local, state and federal governments. short
1.4 Developing local/regional housing plans to respond to specific conditions and local demand. medium
1.5 Introducing universal design principles for most new public housing and encouraging it for affordable housing to improve lifespan and function of dwellings and support ageing in place. short

2. Reduce housing stress through 20,000 affordable housing solutions

Item ActionsTime Frame
2.1 Delivering 1000 new affordable houses by 2025 for low and moderate-income households through a $398.7 million Affordable Housing Initiative. medium
2.2 Delivering new social, affordable and open market homes through a $54 million neighbourhood renewal program over five years. medium
2.3 Reviewing and developing underutilised government, private and not-for-profit land to drive innovation and supply of new affordable housing outcomes. ongoing
2.4 Building up to 1000 new social, affordable and market houses through the Community Housing Asset and Investment Plans. long
2.5 Delivering 5000 Affordable Housing outcomes through inclusionary, design and incentive provisions in the planning system, including the 15% Affordable Housing policy. ongoing
2.6 Encouraging new partnerships and investment through pilots and further development of innovative financing, planning and supply solutions including Build to Rent, innovative design, and shared equity products. ongoing
2.7 Continuing to support home ownership through 10,000 HomeStart Finance loans targeted to low and moderate income households and extending the HomeStart Starter Loan beyond June 2021 by an additional 100 new outcomes per year for five years. medium
2.8 Provide 100 supported private rental opportunities over five years for eligible social housing customers. medium

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3.  Create housing pathways to enable people to access housing and services as their needs change

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3.1 Examining service hubs and integrated access models, including the review, consolidation and modernisation of Housing SA offices. medium
3.2 Piloting new intensive supported accommodation models for customers requiring more support than social housing. medium
3.3 Supporting shared leasing arrangements, including for older and younger people across the housing market. medium
3.4 Connecting social housing tenants with National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care benefits they are eligible for. short
3.5 Improving service delivery by incorporating lived experience. medium
3.6 Enabling more low to moderate income households to buy a home by improving the provision of grants and subsidies and reducing financial barriers. medium
3.7 Bridging the gap between social housing and private rental and home ownership through implementation of moderate income rent reforms from 2021/22 and removing policy disincentives to work to encourage participation and independence. medium
3.8 Addressing the particular disadvantages faced by Aboriginal South Australians through the delivery of an Aboriginal Housing Strategy. short

4.  Prevent and reduce homelessness through targeted and tailored responses

Item ActionTime Frame
4.1 Transitioning to an outcome-based service model that invests in and rewards positive outcomes. short
4.2 Piloting homelessness prevention initiatives and new innovative housing models through a $20 million prevention fund leveraging further investment through partnerships. ongoing
4.3 Establishing the Office for Homelessness Sector integration to reform the homelessness system. short
4.4 Developing targeted responses for people who experience chronic homelessness who repeatedly cycle through the system. ongoing
4.5 Supporting Safety First approaches through tailored outcomes commencing with the introduction of the 40-bed program including perpetrator responses which provide options for women to remain in their own home when safe to do so. ongoing
4.6 Implementing Housing First approaches including rapid re-housing, growth of Social Impact Bonds and Pay by Results contracts. ongoing

5.  Modernise the social housing system and reposition it for success

ItemActionsTime Frame
5.1 Investing $75 million to start addressing the public housing capital maintenance backlog and to improve sustainability and energy efficiency of public housing, where possible. long
5.2 Reforming the operations of the social housing system, including implementing and reforming the Single Housing Register, reviewing eligibility and allocations policy, exploring points-based assessment and trialling choice-based letting and clear mutual obligations for successful tenancies. short

Improving the sustainability of the social housing system through:

  • Addressing the financial sustainability of the system
  • The introduction of a system-wide strategic asset management approach including strategic asset disposal and investment
  • Developing a 10-year plan to optimise the efficient and effective management of social housing and to support the growth of community housing providers
  • Reviewing the functional responsibilities for housing policy, regulation and management to provide greater transparency and contestability.
short and ongoing
5.4 Delivering up to 1000 employment and training outcomes targeted to social housing tenants through social procurement and targeted employment programs delivered in partnership with Job Networks, not-for-profit, other government agencies and business. long
5.5 Implementing Industry Development Frameworks that strengthen the multi-provider social housing sector as a key agent of change. short and medium
5.6 Implementing Unit Cost Modelling to provide transparency and accountability for government subsidy. short

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