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A Housing Strategy for NSW

The NSW Government is preparing a NSW Housing Strategy that will equip us to adapt to changing trends and so that we have the right type of housing in the right location, delivering benefits to our communities.


While the full impact of COVID-19 on the State’s population and housing markets is still to be determined, the NSW Housing Strategy brings into sharp focus the importance of safe and affordable housing in all of our lives. Housing will be a critical part of our recovery from the immediate and fundamental impacts of COVID-19 and recent drought and bushfires. It is also important we continue to plan for our longer term housing needs.


The NSW Housing Strategy will set a new 20-year vision for housing in NSW, and outline the key priorities and actions the NSW Government will take to achieve this vision, alongside our delivery partners. It will consider housing supply, diversity, affordability and resilience needs across NSW communities, from homelessness to social and affordable housing; to housing for seniors or people with disability; and to private market housing, whether rented, mortgaged or owned.


The Strategy will deliver the coordinated, agile and evidence-based approach we need to provide certainty to communities, councils and industry and deliver housing that supports the wellbeing of our households and economy. It will remain responsive to emerging pandemic issues and work to ensure the right supports are available to those who need it, as part of the broader Government response to COVID-19 recovery.


A Discussion Paper is open for public consultation

The NSW Government is consulting on a Discussion Paper between 15 June and 24 July 2020. The Discussion Paper will form the basis of the first whole-of-government, whole-of-state housing strategy for NSW. Views from communities, councils, industry and stakeholders will be a key input into the NSW Housing Strategy.


The Discussion Paper is arranged around the four interrelated themes of supply, diversity, affordability and resilience. It proposes a vision for housing in NSW and includes:

  • The key factors that influence housing in NSW
  • The key trends in housing, providing a snapshot of how people live today and how they might live in the future.
  • How the NSW Government is currently responding and preliminary directions that could be explored in the Strategy
  • Discussion questions to help formulate your feedback or submission.


A Fact Book containing data underpinning the Discussion Paper is also available. The Paper has also been informed by policy analysis, regular community and stakeholder feedback to NSW Government, literature and best practice.


Have your say


  • A Housing Strategy for NSW - Full Discussion Paper (PDF, 14.3MB)
  • A Housing Strategy for NSW - Discussion Paper (Part 1 of 2) (PDF, 8MB)
  • A Housing Strategy for NSW - Discussion Paper (Part 2 of 2) (PDF, 7.9MB)
  • A Housing Strategy for NSW - Discussion Paper summary (PDF, 1.2MB)
  • A Housing Strategy for NSW - Discussion Paper fact sheet (PDF, 2.5MB)


Full Discussion Paper


The Discussion Paper was released on 15 June and is open for comment until 24 July 2020.


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Page last updated: 19/06/2020