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To successfully transform social housing in NSW, the NSW Government will collaborate with the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and all levels of government to create a social housing system which is sustainable and responsive.

There are many opportunities to partner with the NSW Government on social housing projects.

To successfully transform social housing in NSW, the NSW Government will collaborate with the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and all levels of government to create a social housing system which is sustainable and responsive.

There are many opportunities to partner with the NSW Government on social housing projects.

Social and Affordable Housing Fund


The Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) is a dedicated fund established to help address the social and affordable housing shortage in NSW. The SAHF will support projects which deliver additional social and affordable housing stock through innovative partnerships between community housing providers (CHPs), non-government organisations (NGOs) and the private sector. The SAHF fulfils the NSW Government’s commitment to introducing innovative financing mechanisms into the social housing system.

SAHF Phase 1 providers are contracted to deliver access to 2,200 additional social and affordable homes in metropolitan and regional NSW in locations which best balance supply and demand, together with access to support services through tailored support coordination.

The Request for Proposals evaluation process was completed in November 2016. In March 2017, Service Agreements were awarded to five successful parties:

  • BaptistCare NSW & ACT
  • Compass Housing Services Co Ltd
  • SGCH Sustainability Limited
  • St Vincent de Paul Housing
  • Uniting

More Information

Find out more about the Social And Affordable Housing Fund

Communities Plus

Communities Plus is a new and innovative partnership with government that harnesses the expertise and capacity of the private and not-for-profit sectors to deliver integrated communities and improved social outcomes. The NSW Government has committed to a significant building program to fast track redevelopment of its social housing portfolio. The seven initial sites will be transformed into sustainable mixed communities of around 3,000 new dwellings. This will include developments with pilot programs that link housing assistance to education, training and local employment opportunities. Interested organisations can register to receive project updates.

Premier’s Innovation Initiative

Social housing is one of the four priorities of the Premier’s Innovation Initiative, which seeks to uncover the best innovative ideas and know-how from outside government through a competitive selection process. The Initiative was established as a channel through which the NSW Government can commission services alongside direct delivery by the public sector, competitive tendering and unsolicited proposals.

Social impact investment

Social impact investment is an emerging approach to tackling social challenges that brings together capital and expertise from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The NSW Office of Social Impact Investment has been established to grow the social impact market and has delivered Australia’s first two Social Benefit Bonds, seeking to deliver better services and results for families at risk. Building on the successful launch of these bonds, the NSW Government is committed to finding other opportunities to use social impact investment to deliver better services and results.

Management transfer program

An important goal of Future Directions is to build a system that delivers better long term outcomes and access to services for our tenants. The management transfer program is one of the many initiatives announced as part of Future Directions.

There are about 144,000 social housing properties across NSW and 19 per cent are already managed by community housing providers. The changes will bring this up to 32 per cent, and see around 18,000 more properties managed locally by community housing providers.

Benefits if the management transfer program

The NSW Government wants to make sure social housing has a more positive impact on people’s lives. Increasing the management of social housing properties by our community housing partners will:

  • make the most of community networks to deliver better long term outcomes for our tenants and applicants
  • make the social housing system stronger and more diverse
  • access more sources of funding that are available to community housing providers to better support you
  • build up the skills and size of the community housing sector.

Timeframe of management transfer program

Community housing providers will be selected through a procurement process.

Eligible organisations include community housing providers registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing and new entrants who can demonstrate the ability to achieve registration. Community housing providers can submit joint proposals.

The procurement process will start in early 2017 and contracts expected to be signed in mid 2017.

Management transfers will start in mid 2017 and take three years to complete.

Locations

We will transfer management of tenancies and the management of applications for social housing to community housing providers in the following NSW locations:

  • Shoalhaven
  • Mid North Coast
  • Hunter New England, excluding the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas
  • Northern Sydney, excluding the Ivanhoe Estate.

The Family and Community Services transfer program will not include Aboriginal housing Office owned properties. The Aboriginal Housing Office is planning to transfer the management of its properties from Family and Community Services to Aboriginal community housing providers, under a separate program over the next four years, to provide access to more culturally appropriate tenancy management services.

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