The Queensland Government's cost cutting will not solve the problem and risks missing an opportunity to recast our housing system to grow.
We need a range of housing options, including a broader based social housing system and affordable housing in the private market.
Working with the Not-For-Profit sector, State and Commonwealth Governments have the potential to grow our current housing stock and reduce the risk of homelessness in the long term.
All governments need to acknowledge that long term investment and reform are required.Ways to improve affordable housing include:
- 1. Creating a national affordable housing growth fund utilising private and public investment;
- 2. Transferring a proportion properties to the Not-For-Profit sector to save the Government money and grow affordable housing;
- 3. Replace stamp duty with land tax: the rate of property sales rise and fall, making for an inconsistent revenue stream. A land tax will provide the Government with more security of revenue and reduce inflationary pressure. Recommended by the Commission of Audit;;
- 4. Keep services which support people to maintain private rental housing;
- 5. Keep Caravan Parks as land banks for affordable housing development.
Adrian Pisarski has a 30 year history in the community sector including roles with housing and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and nationally. He has been the Executive Officer of Queensland Shelter since 2002 and the Chairperson of National Shelter since 2004. He is a member of the Affordable Housing Summit Group and was recently elected as a Vice President of ACOSS.Contact details
- Queensland Shelter - www.qshelter.asn.au
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