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:

  • Fast track the building of 490 more affordable homes which will create 550 new construction jobs.
  • 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.

Housing Works

Labor’s Housing Works Policy will fast track the building of 490 more affordable homes.

Housing Works will support community housing providers to offer these homes at cheaper rent to provide urgent relief for Tasmania’s homelessness crisis.

The intensive construction program will create 550 more jobs for Tasmanians, including 75 apprenticeships.

Too Many Tasmanians Are Missing Out

Labor knows that too many people are doing it tough with more than 3,400 people currently on the public housing waiting list.

1,600 Tasmanians are homeless on any given night and many other families are couch surfing, relying on their friends and families or living in sheds, cars or tents.

Renting privately is more unaffordable in Tasmania that anywhere else in
the country.

We can do better and only Labor has a better, fairer plan for Tasmania.

We Can Do Better

Labor’s Housing Works will enable Community Housing Providers to build 490 houses over three years.

These homes will be provided to up to 1100 eligible Tasmanians at below market rent supported by a ten year subsidy from the State Government.

Housing Works will slash the public housing wait list by 15 per cent, including for people with disabilities and elderly Tasmanians who have been waiting too long for a home.

We will establish this program in the first 100 days of coming to Government.

Housing Works is part of Labor’s better, fairer plan for all Tasmanians.

How Much Will the Policy Cost?

A Rebecca White Labor Government will contribute $19.6 million to construct 490 homes over three years  The cost of the 10 year rent reductions for tenants is $78.4 million.

This policy will inject more than $300 million of economic benefit into the economy and create high quality jobs for more than 550 Tasmanians.

75 Tasmanians will undertake training for apprenticeships, which will be provided through Labor’s Free TAFE policy, giving people the skills they need to get a foot in the door to a good job.

Better Living in Social Housing

Tasmanians deserve to live in safe, healthy and warm houses.

Labor will immediately invest $17.5 million to begin to address the large maintenance backlog in Tasmania’s social housing properties. As well as general maintenance, the program will deliver heat pumps for homes where older Tasmanians live, and pay for energy efficiency upgrades, resulting in savings for tenants every year.

The program will provide a massive shot in the arm for businesses and workers in our building and construction industries, and will create 150 jobs. 

Total cost over four years: $17.5 million

Better Living in Social Housing is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Working for Tasmanians to Address the Housing Crisis

Tasmania’s Housing Crisis

The Liberals have plunged Tasmania into an unprecedented housing crisis.

Young people and renters are finding it nearly impossible to buy their first home.

Rents are higher than anywhere except Sydney.

Nearly 4,000 families are on the waiting list for housing, and even the highest priority cases are waiting more than a year.

Homelessness has never been more visible.

The Liberals are out of ideas.

Redeveloping the Hobart Showgrounds

The Hobart Showgrounds Renewal Project presents a great opportunity to help address the housing crisis.

It will provide 500 new homes, including affordable housing and community areas, a new exhibition venue and improved recreational spaces.

It will also create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase.

A Labor Government will commit $42.15 million to the project.

Find out how Rebecca White & the Labor Team are Working for Tasmanians.