The 1980s

  • Housing priorities re-focussed to those most in need, and away from just public housing for ‘blue collar workers’
  • Nuclear, working-class families were now no longer the typical applicants. Growing numbers of single people, including sole parents, the homeless, older people, people with disabilities began applying for public housing.
  • Over 150,000 homes were built, with more than 270,000 people given assistance to buy homes
  • Housing Commission became the Department of Housing
  • New emphasis was placed on rehabilitation of old housing stock.
  • Landcom created to ensure timely and affordable supply of new home sites