Social Housing

Social housing is rental housing provided by not-for-profit, nongovernment or government organisations to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation in the private rental market. Social housing includes public, Aboriginal and community housing, as well as other housing assistance products such as bond loans.

The system was developed in the 1940s for working families with low incomes. Today the system supports a different demographic – the most vulnerable people in our community who need a safety net.

Family and Community Services partners with the community, industry and individuals to provide social housing for those most in need so that they can live with dignity, find support and achieve sustainable futures.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW

The NSW Government is transforming the current social housing system to break the cycle of disadvantage.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW sets out the Government’s vision for social housing over the next 10 years. A vision which will reduce homelessness, provide more housing and support for those needing social housing and provide more support to help people divert from or successfully transition out of the social housing system.

Read more about Future Directions.

Management Transfer Program

Family and Community Services is transferring the tenancy management of around 14,000 social housing tenancies to community housing providers. The NSW Government supports the diversity and service delivery of community housing providers and their ability to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Please visit the Management Transfers page for more information.

IPART review of social and affordable housing rent models

In June 2016, the NSW Government asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to review our housing policies to ensure they are fair. The review will focus on how we calculate rent and improve incentives for social housing tenants to work if they can.

The NSW Government will only consider changes that are fair, efficient and result in a better social housing system for tenants.

IPART has now released a draft report which includes recommendations to improve the system and invites comments from stakeholders and tenants. The NSW Government will consider how the recommendations, if implemented, would impact on clients, housing providers and the Government. IPART will publish their final report in mid 2017.

You have the opportunity to contact IPART and have your say if you want to. As the review is independent, you will need to contact IPART directly.

For more information, please visit the IPART website.