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NDS submission: Victorian Ten Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy

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27/04/2021

What you need to know

  • The Victorian Government is developing a 10-year strategy for social and affordable housing
  • A Community survey and submissions process was conducted by the Government in March, closing in early April 2021
  • NDS's submission provides seven recommendations incorporating sector feedback
  • Practical changes and actions are required to make housing more accessible and more inclusive of people with disabilities

NDS's submission on the Victorian Government’s Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy calls on the Government to build more safe, secure, affordable and accessible housing to meet the needs of people of different ages and abilities over time.

NDS Submission: Vic Government Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy [PDF]
NDS Submission: Vic Government Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy [Word]

Specifically, NDS provides seven recommendations:

  1. Victorian Government commitment to inclusion of mandatory accessibility standards within the National Building Code and inclusion of universal design principles in Victorian planning approvals with targets, so over time, all Victorian new builds incorporate universal design principles.
  2. Specialist technologies are fitted into social housing and government buildings to enable equal access to people with a sensory disability.
  3. Build more social, affordable and accessible housing to meet the needs of people of different ages and abilities over time.
  4. Provide incentives for developers to allocate a portion of their new housing developments as social housing for people with disabilities.
  5. Amend Victorian tenancy protections to reflect the contemporary disability housing environment.
  6. Encourage housing-related activities to procure goods and services from organisations that employ people with disabilities, to support their employment.
  7. Robust governance arrangements in place to ensure alignment of State and Federal building legislation and requirements.
Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Heidi Cheung, Senior Policy & Projects Officer, 0458 518 490,