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Social Housing and Sustainability

Topic: Breakdown of Applications - Social Housing and Sustainability
Senator Ludlam asked:
Could you provide us with current information on whether the projects being funded are meeting the environmental, planning, and accessibility guidelines?

Answer:
Projects funded under Stage 1 were not required to meet specified environmental design requirements and jurisdictions are not required to provide data on such outcomes. Based on information provided by States and Territories, the environmental design features expected to be achieved under Stage 2 are detailed in the table below. It is anticipated that 95 per cent of the dwellings constructed under Stage 2 will achieve a six star energy efficiency rating.

Number of Dwellings achieving specified
Environmental Feature

Jurisdiction Six Star Energy Solar or Heat Pump Water Tank
Efficiency Rating Hot Water System
NSW 5,123 5,442 380
VIC 3,821 3,821 3,821
QLD 3,3261 1,556 1,488
WA 1,5161 188 0
SA 1,102 1,089 980
TAS 441 321 447
ACT 295 113 295
NT 139 186 8
Total 15,766 12,716 7,419
1 Part of the funding allocation for this jurisdiction includes funds to increase the number of dwellings achieving a six star energy rating

Topic: COAG Reform Council Reporting and Sustainability benchmarking

Senator Ludlam asked:
Is the COAG reform council monitoring compliance with sustainability benchmarking for all social housing constructed under the NAHA? When will the first COAG Reform Council Report be out for the NAHA?

Answer:
The COAG Reform Council (CRC) is not monitoring compliance with sustainability benchmarking for all social housing constructed under the NAHA.

The agreed performance indicators for the NAHA are:
o Proportion of low income households in rental stress;
o Proportion of homes sold or built that are affordable by low and moderate income households;
o Proportion of Australians who are homeless;
o Proportion of people experiencing repeat periods of homelessness;
o Proportion of Australian households owning or purchasing a home;
o Proportion of Indigenous households owning or purchasing a home;
o Proportion of Indigenous households living in overcrowded conditions; and
o Proportion of Indigenous households living in households of an acceptable standard.

It was also agreed that performance indicators will be developed specifically regarding:
o Supply meeting underlying demand for housing; and
o Housing market efficiency.

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