The public consultation for Yarra’s draft Social and Affordable Housing Strategy is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. We are currently reviewing all of the submissions, which will be used to inform the final strategy.

Promoting access to affordable housing is an important part of making our city inclusive.

To ensure that Yarra is an inclusive place to live, we need a range of housing at prices affordable to households with low to moderate incomes.

The Victorian Government is the main supplier and manager of social housing in the state and registered housing agencies are the main community housing providers. Although we are not the main player, we can support and contribute to social and affordable housing in a number of ways, including:

  • through our role as a planning authority
  • by contributing land and buildings
  • partnering with and facilitating the work of other stakeholders
  • advocating to other levels of government

We’re committed to making Yarra a diverse and welcoming city for all. That’s why we asked you to provide feedback on our draft Social and Affordable Housing strategy from Monday 22 July to Friday 23 August.

We will review your feedback and use it to help us finalise the draft strategy.

Our draft Social and Affordable Housing strategy

Learn more by reading this summary of key points from the draft strategy or read the full draft strategy for more detail.

Our proposed overarching strategy is to:

"Ensure a diverse population by increasing the supply of affordable housing suitable to households at various income levels and requirements."

To do this, we have identified four strategic directions:

Strategic Direction 1: Be a leading local government in realising affordable housing outcomes at new developments across Yarra.

In the past, Yarra Council has had success at achieving affordable housing at several major redevelopment sites. We will continue to use the methods at our disposal to increase the amount of affordable housing included in major developments in Yarra, and help promote the viability of the community housing sector.

Some examples of how we will achieve this are:

  • recognise the cost differences of delivering and managing different affordable housing products (eg. dwelling type, tenant allocation and delivery model)
  • update policy to include target groups - homeless people, victims of family violence, Aboriginal people, people with a disability, older people, young people, families with children, lone person households and key workers
  • expect affordable housing to be high-quality, durable, accessible and integrated with other housing

Strategic Direction 2: Make effective and prudent direct investments in social and affordable housing.

Yarra Council holds land and buildings across the municipality. We will investigate how we can use these assets, such as air space above community facilities or car parks, for social and affordable housing.

Additionally, we will continue to use grants or other seed funding to support projects which contribute to affordable housing.

Direct investments by Council demonstrate our commitment to affordable housing in Yarra.

Strategic Direction 3: Partner, facilitate and engage with all stakeholders to increase affordable housing in Yarra.

Effective relationships with stakeholders are key to achieving more affordable housing. We will continue to play the role of facilitator and act as a valued partner in research and advocacy.

Some examples of how we will achieve this are:

  • facilitate forums for stakeholders and establish a Yarra Social and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • learn from and collaborate with peers at other councils and maintain a robust relationship with the Victorian Government and its agencies
  • continue to partner effectively with academic institutions
  • investigate the streamlining of planning approvals to support registered housing agencies

Strategic Direction 4: Continue to pursue evidence-based, strategic advocacy to other levels of government for improved outcomes.

It is important to note that although councils have a part to play in increasing social and affordable housing, they are not the main player.

To effectively advocate to other levels of government about social and affordable housing it is vital that we understand the key issues, opportunities and challenges, stay up to date on policy changes and maintain productive relationships.

Some examples of how we will achieve this are:

  • continue to monitor population changes, including demand for social and affordable housing
  • monitor current state and federal affordable housing initiatives and respond to relevant reviews
  • advocate for appropriate tenant services and management that puts the tenants’ needs first, irrespective of landlord
  • seek maximum community benefit for any redevelopment of public housing, including ensuring a genuine right-of-return for current residents
  • advocate for inclusionary zoning ie. mandatory affordable housing contributions

What do you think of the draft strategy?

Before sharing your feedback, take a look at the summary of key points above or read the full draft strategy.

“Ensure a diverse population by increasing the supply of affordable housing suitable to households at various income levels and requirements.”

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Be a leading local government in realising affordable housing outcomes at new developments across Yarra.

Make effective and prudent direct investments in social and affordable housing.

Partner, facilitate and engage with all stakeholders to increase affordable housing in Yarra.

Continue to pursue evidence-based, strategic advocacy to other levels of government for improved outcomes.

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