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Social housing

The NSW Government is transforming the current social housing system to break the cycle of disadvantage. The system was developed in the 1940s for working families with low incomes. Today the system supports a different demographic – the most vulnerable people in our community who need a safety net.

On 24 January 2016 the NSW Government announced the release of our new 10 year vision for social housing Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.

Future Directions is supported by the whole of Government – including Health, Education, Justice, Planning and Environment, Industry and Family and Community Services – and will transform the NSW social housing system through:

  • substantial expansion and redevelopment of stock through partnerships with private sector developers and finance
  • transferring significant tenancy management responsibility to non-government housing providers
  • providing "wrap-around" services to support tenants to build their capabilities and take advantage of the opportunities in our strengthening economy.

Future Directions is underpinned by three strategic priorities that have been set by the NSW Government which aims to transform the sector.

  • More social housing
  • More opportunities, support and incentives to avoid and/or leave social housing
  • A better social housing experience

The following reforms and programs are critical for realising these priorities

Progress update

Find out about what we have achieved in social housing in NSW under Future Directions in the Progress update December 2017.