A record investment of $580 million will deliver 3500 new social and affordable houses by 2027 to help our most vulnerable and Secure Tasmania’s Future under a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government.
Our record $300 million investment in housing and homelessness services in the 2020-21 Budget has accelerated delivery of social housing across our State, and we are on track to meet our target to deliver 1,500 new social housing dwellings by June 2023.
If we are re-elected, we will invest an additional $280 million to extend our social housing building program out to 2027 and deliver 3500 new homes for Tasmanians across this period.
This will bring our total investment into housing and homelessness initiatives to over $615 million over 7 years – a record investment by any Government in Tasmania.
It will provide an additional 2000 homes on top of the 1,500 already being built, supporting thousands of jobs in our building and construction sector and locking in a future pipeline of work, while providing more affordable and social homes for those Tasmanians who need them, right around the State.
If re-elected, we are also committed to delivering the initiatives announced in the State of the State, including:
- Investing $10 million into a ‘Headworks Holiday’ for new residential subdivisions to unlock new land supply;
- Investing an additional $10 million into HomeShare to support low-income Tasmanians buy their own home;
- Increasing the property value threshold for our 50% stamp duty concession for First Home Buyers and Pensioners Downsizing;
- Increasing housing supply with a $2.5 million new secondary dwelling incentive program; and
- Put downward pressure on rents to assist in our tight rental market, by delivering a reduction in land tax.
Labor’s housing policy is both unaffordable and undeliverable, and their numbers simply don’t add up – meaning the only way they can pay for it is to increase taxes or sack frontline staff, just like they did last time in office.
Their land tax smash and grab jacks up prices for sub-divisions, crippling new housing developments – meaning less new housing development, fewer jobs and higher prices for new houses.
New supported accommodation facilities and services
A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will invest $20 million to deliver two new supported accommodation facilities for older Tasmanians living in the north and north-west of the State.
These new homes will provide similar facilities to the 25-unit social housing complex the Liberal Government recently opened in Goulburn Street in Hobart, as part of our plan to deliver more homes for Tasmanians most in need.
We will also continue to invest in new youth housing models to support more young people into safe and secure housing across the State.
We will invest $10 million to progress the recommendations of the Under 16 Youth Homelessness Taskforce, including a residential care pilot program for young people under 16 who are not in the care of the state and are unable to live at home.
This will run over three years and provide a family like environment, accommodation and a program of therapeutic care for our vulnerable young people, who need it, with a focus on family restoration.
And, we will invest $4.35 million to deliver new housing options for young people aged 16-24, with 20 modular youth homes to be constructed at four sites across the State. We will also employ new ‘Youth Coaches’ who will provide ‘readiness for independence’ support across key life domains including education, employment, health and wellbeing and community participation.
We will also invest in new youth wellbeing officers for the Strong Families Safe Kids Advice and referral Line to support young people under 16 who are at risk of homelessness and provide advice to service providers and families, and provide $1 million to identify 10 Housing Tasmania properties suitable for conversion into three to four-bedroom share housing properties for young people.