Housing Targets FAQs


Will the NSW Government to commit to a formal plan, with numerical targets, to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in NSW over the next four years? The plan should be developed on a cross-portfolio basis within the NSW government and in partnership with the Federal Government. Will you report on progress and give a plan completion date at a Sydney Alliance Assembly within 100 days of the winning office?

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the government have targets for community and social housing?


No. The government does NOT have targets for number of affordable dwellings.

Will the Sydney Alliance’s targets bind the government?


The only way the government can be bound to such targets is if it creates legislation binding itself, which is unlikely. Once the targets are made, civil society must hold the government accountable to these targets.

How do we bind the government to these targets?


We bind them by constantly reminding of their commitment. Table talks, assemblies and demonstrating affordable housing is an issue felt throughout Sydney.

How will we know if these targets are being met?


Demand transparency from the government through their own reporting mechanisms.

How much will meeting these targets cost?


This depends on the target they set for themselves. NCOSS costs its proposal of 3,000 new dwellings over 4 years  at a total of $250 million. Click here to view their report.

What if the state sets low, unambitious targets?


Currently there are no targets, low targets provide a platform to negotiate from. What is needed is a vision within which to push for better housing policy.

How is this ask relevant to Sydney’s common good?


It will give more options to people with extreme housing stress. It will also create a platform for all housing advocates to stand together. More affordable housing will reduce homelessness and pressure on homeless shelters and services.

Will these targets replace other more detailed and effective plans for delivering social and affordable housing?


No, because such plans aren’t currently in effect. Peak bodies in NSW and the community housing sector provide efficient costed plans already, and this proposal encourages government to listen to these bodies and take on their suggestions.

Will reaching these targets be enough to solve the housing affordability crisis for low-to-middle income earners?


No, but it’s an essential start.

Will meeting these targets be solely the responsibility of government?


Partly through public housing, the government will also likely establish partnerships with community housing providers and peak housing bodies to implement these targets, yet will remain largely responsible for financing meeting these targets.

How are the targets ask effective alongside the other asks?


It will be a multi-faceted approach, addressing various sectors. Our overall approach recognizes that both supply and demand are vital parts of the solution.

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