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Mar 30, 2012

“Critical” Public Housing System Demands Immediate Government Attention

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Federal and State Governments to immediately inject funding into the public housing system and develop a long term strategy, following the release of the Victorian auditor general’s report that labelled the systems situation as “critical”.

The Victorian auditor general’s report says the public housing sector is losing money, with costs 42 per cent higher than revenue. They report forecasts a $115.1 million funding black hole by 2015 and recommends the funding model be changed.


AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey said the report’s results were a wakeup call to the Federal and State Governments whose investment in the sector has declined significantly.


“The reality is, you cannot run a system without appropriate funding. The report’s finding that the system is in a “critical” state is not that surprising given the Federal Government’s spending in this area has declined by 41 per cent over the past 15 years.


“The Department of Human Services has failed to develop an over-arching strategic management plan to-date and must make this an immediate priority.

“This problem is not isolated to Victoria.  We’ve seen recent reports of a $300 million backlog in public housing maintenance in NSW, with residents reporting incidents of water running down walls, holes in the roof and cracked ceilings.

“We need the Federal Government to commit to an Affordable Housing Growth Fund, with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year from the 2013-14 Budget to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years,” Ms Toohey said.


Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989 Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004 Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed


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