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It is our aim that all people in New South Wales, including older people, people with disabilities and those on low incomes have access to affordable and well-designed housing.


Since 1982, the NSW Government has met the ongoing challenge of providing sufficient housing for seniors and people with a disability through a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP 5).


In March 2004, the Department replaced SEPP 5 (the planning policy that previously dealt with housing for older people and people with a disability) with a new policy focused on balancing growing demand for accommodation with maintaining the character and feel of local neighbourhoods - State Environmental Planning Policy (Senior Living) 2004.


Current Seniors Housing SEPP

The current policy and supporting documents are:

Supporting affordable rental housing

In addition to housing for seniors and people with disabilities, the NSW Government has also released an affordable rental housing policy to help increase the amount and diversity of affordable housing in the state.


Visit the department's dedicated Affordable Rental Housing section to download fact sheets, a community guide, browse the SEPP, and read detailed information aimed at practitioners.

Page last updated: 24/04/2018