Housing and Human Services

Housing is a basic human right.

Access to stable, safe and affordable housing is a vital first step towards personal health and wellbeing. Having a home is not just about having a roof over your head, it’s essential to everything we value in life – the foundation that provides a base on which to build, or rebuild, our lives.

What’s the issue?

Around 4000 Tasmanians are waiting for public housing. Too many Tasmanians and Tasmanian families are currently living in tenuous housing arrangements – trying to pay rent they cannot afford, or couch surfing, not knowing where they will sleep, from one night to the next.

This shortage is expected to increase at a rate of at least 8% per annum until 2030 and beyond.

Who’s Labor talking to?

Labor has consulted key stakeholders and our communities in developing its housing policies and will continue this moving forward to ensure policies change and evolve where needed.

What will Labor do?

It’s time to explore new and innovative opportunities for getting people housed, and keeping them housed. Labor is committed to expanding the Affordable Housing Strategy to develop an innovative housing action plan that will make a real, and sustainable difference to Tasmanians who are experiencing housing distress now and into the future.

Key policy elements:

  • Reinstating the Reintegrating Ex-Offenders (REO) Program. Labor understands the value of the REO program and the opportunity it provides for ex-offenders to reintegrate into the community.
  • Roll out a pilot program to deliver individual small homes statewide for people suffering mental ill-health.
  • Home Share will be enhanced by dropping the deposit to $2000 from $3000 to assist more people into home ownership.
  • Streets Ahead – currently only applies to Housing Tasmania properties. Labor will expand this to include new builds assisting more people into home ownership.
  • Invest in programs to help young people leaving the Out of Home Care system to transition to independence. Labor’s investment will deliver new units for young people, supported by a specialist coordinator.
  • Employ additional child safety officers to bolster the child protection system so vulnerable children don’t fall through the cracks.
  • Build multi residential developments providing more people with safe and secure housing – targeted to people living with a disability, young people aged 18-25 and people over 55 years.
  • Roll out Energy Efficient programs to more low income Tasmanians statewide saving people approximately $400 pa.
  • Deliver heat pump upgrades – target over 55’s and oldest public housing properties.
  • Invest in more supported accommodation facilities targeting 16-20 year olds based on a model similar to Mara House.
  • Labor is committed to research, investigating and further consultation into options such as inclusionary zoning which has been adopted in SA, NSW and the ACT. Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning intervention by government that either mandates or creates incentives so that a proportion of a residential development includes a number of affordable housing dwellings.
  • Labor will make it easier for people with a range of disabilities and impairments to have improved access for assistance dogs.

Find out more about Labor’s Plans to Put People First.