The ACT Government is creating a new housing strategy that will focus on assisting those who need it most—those experiencing homelessness and low-income households in housing stress (paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs). Access to appropriate and affordable housing options is a nationwide issue. In the ACT, low to moderate income households who earn less than $100,000 annually are particularly at risk of homelessness or are experiencing housing stress.
Government Policy and Policy Activities
Living in a secure, affordable home is fundamental to so many parts of life—work, good health, education, and raising a family— ensuring that everyone has the best opportunity to enjoy life and do well in our community.
The ACT Government is creating a new housing strategy that will focus on assisting those who need it most—those experiencing homelessness and low income households in housing stress (paying more than 30% of their income on housing costs).
The strategy will consider and provide actions to address four broad goals:
1. Reducing homelessness
The Australian Greens are preparing to unveil the most ambitious plan yet to get young people into homes, costed at an extraordinary $51 billion.
The $51 billion figure is a net saving to the budget rather than a cost.
The three-point plan, Houses for Young People: Freeing up Investment Properties, would phase out the capital gains tax discount available to property investors over five years.
Launching the plan, Greens leader Richard Di Natale will say it is "time to dismantle the rigged system that privileges investors and landlords over everybody else".
The ACT Government have delivered a media release outlining the changes that have been made as of 1 July.
The 2017-18 ACT Budget was delivered on Tuesday 6 June the ACT Treasurer. The Youth Coalition's media release and initial response to the ACT Budget is now available to read below.
The ACT Government is inviting the public to register for a new consultation regarding what they want and need education in the ACT to be and do for the future of education in the ACT. The ACT Government is committed to providing the best possible education for every child and young person, regardless of their background or circumstances. This conversation will draw together the current education reforms under one action plan that acknowledge enhanced equity as a constant focus.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the Australian Government has announced a $138 million Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education package.
The package includes investments in scholarships, positive engagement in school and in academic success. It also assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study and secure jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In December 2016 the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) provided a comprehensive Budget Submission for the ACT Government’s consideration. This submission reviewed all the government’s election commitments and aligned them with the Community Shared Statement and our ACT Budget priorities for 2017-18. These commitments were separated into policy areas including housing, transport, education and health.
On the 28 April, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement of a new trial aimed at reducing rates of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
During the 12-month trial, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service will work with families to design tailored plans encompassing health, housing and education needs to reduce recidivism.
The Australian Government have released a policy statement on Multiculturalism since 2011.