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Plan Affordable Housing overview

Providing and maintaining affordable housing is one of the objectives of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1919.

To assist in meeting this objective, the NSW Government developed the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, a planning policy that encourages new, and retains existing affordable housing. Read more about increasing available rental housing.

Through the regional planning process, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has foreshadowed that it will require councils to prepare local housing strategies. These must consider affordable housing needs and strategies to provide affordable housing. Access our 'housing snapshots' designed to help you understand housing demand and housing market and supply issues by region and sub region.

Local government has an important role in planning for affordable housing and providing opportunities for a diverse range of housing types to be developed. Read more about the role of local government in creating affordable housing.