Housing

Housing


Our Vision 

TasCOSS calls for affordable, appropriate, safe and secure housing for all and an end to homelessness.

Please also refer to Shelter Tasmania.

Affordable Housing


Labor


Policy

$100 million over six years in new money to rollout Homes for Tasmanians. A commitment to work in consultation with the community and housing sector to extend the Affordable Housing Action Plan which expires in 2019.


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence base – informed by community consultation
Equity – focus on specific needs eg adolescents in out of home care, over 55s, 18-25s, disability, DV
Future Focus – housing investment has long term benefits

Greens


Policy

Investment in new public housing stock, new Statutory Authority to coordinate public housing and incentivise new private housing, $40M additional in Housing Fund, include affordable housing in all new developments, tax for vacant residential property (similar to Victoria), stamp duty exemption for first home buyers, new regulations for short stay properties with non-Tasmanian owners


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence-based – yes, need is well demonstrated, intention to review best practice elsewhere.

Equity – yes, addresses real need for affordable housing

Liberal


Policy

$125M for second stage of Tas Affordable Housing Strategy. Deliver 1500 new affordable homes.

 


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence base – Strategy developed in consultation with community sector
Equity – Includes affordability measures, new social housing, disability accommodation, assistance for DV
Future Focus – Housing is investment with long term community benefits

Greens


Policy

$30M over 4 years for 60 new units of short, medium and long term accommodation, first focussing on Bethlehem House.

Amending Residential Tenancy Act to restore rights for tenants, improving standard leases, mechanism to control rent increases, indefinite leases to improve housing security, improving protections for tenants who are victims of family violence, increase funding for tenants union, reduce discrimination against tenants with pets.


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence-based – need for greater tenant protections is well demonstrated.

Equity – supports tenants and other vulnerable groups

Future focussed – secure affordable housing is the foundation for all Tasmanians to live decent lives

 

Rental


Liberal


Policy

Up to 3 year land tax holiday to encourage new-build rental housing on longer leases – minimum lease term of 12 months, estimated to incentivise up to 2000 new dwellings.


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence base – hard to assess likely impact; three years is not a long term solution for rental squeeze.

Equity – mixed, does not specify rents in new builds are to be affordable. Could incentivise eg. expensive apartments.

Future focus–while the policy is future-focussed, a long term lease should be more than 12 months – eg. 5 years, and the incentive lasts for 3 years only.

Liberal


Policy

Fifty per cent stamp duty discount for first home buyers purchasing established homes up to $400 000.


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence-based – probably will assist people to purchase more quickly.

Equity – benefits people with means to purchase property, so not progressive, but may assist people to exit rental market, freeing up properties for others.

Future-focussed – no, is a one year opportunity .