Social and community housing
Social housing provides homes to Victorians in need. Social housing helps people find stability in other areas of their lives like education, work and the community.
There is not enough social housing available for Victorians who need it.
How we plan to increase available social housing
We plan to develop around 6000 social housing homes and apartments. We will do this with programs to develop new homes, renew existing homes and improve the management of social housing.
We will create a $1 billion social housing growth. The fund will support innovative partnerships between the Victorian Government and other sectors. We will work with the community housing sector, private developers, not for profit organisations and local government.
We will give low-cost loans and government guarantees to community housing so they can expand their stock of social housing.
We will transfer of more public housing properties to registered community housing agencies.
A Public Housing Renewal will enable the renewal of up to 2500 ageing public housing dwellings.
Our Social Housing program will deliver social housing through development, fast purchasing and renewal.
We will provide 68 new and redeveloped public housing properties in Preston as part of the Preston Renewal.
Find out more
The Department of Health and Human Services looks after social housing. There is more detail about each of these initiatives in the social housing growth section of their website.
Inclusionary housing pilot
The Inclusionary Housing pilot on surplus government land will deliver up to 100 new social housing homes across 6 sites. The pilot will help us make better use of surplus government land. Developers, community and locals will develop better partnerships for delivery of social housing.
Using surplus government land
Surplus government land is often in areas with good access to jobs and transport. When we no longer need the land for government needs we can release it for housing developments.
We will use the Fast Track Government Land so that rezoning and development proposals lead to good levels of social housing.
We expect a proportion of social housing to be delivered on each pilot site.
Including social housing in major developments
As part of the pilot we will help developers, the community and local councils understand how to develop good partnerships.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning looks after the Inclusionary Housing.
Simple applications with the Victorian Housing Register
The Victorian Housing Register is how people apply for a place in social housing.
Using the new register Victorians applying for social housing only need to provide their details once. They will not need to apply through many individual agencies.
We plan to reduce waiting times for people in the most need.
Social housing organisations on the register must give at least 75% of their vacancies to priority applicants.
How to apply
Apply for social housing with a Victorian Housing Register on the myGov website. You can use the same form to apply to transfer from your current social housing property. You may have to link it to your account if it’s not already on your list of applications. If you’re not already on the register you should check if you’re eligible for social.
Reviewed 20 September 2018