NSW Department of Planning and Environment

2021-2022 Action Plan

Housing 2041 sets a long-term vision and objectives for housing in NSW. To achieve this, we have identified inaugural actions for delivery within the first 2 years of the strategy. Beyond 2022, future action plans will outline new, longer-term change or reform that aligns with the priorities of Housing 2041.

These first short-term actions will shape the foundation for future action plans. A flexible approach through development of iterative action plans over the life of Housing 2041 allows the NSW Government and its partners to update priorities as new challenges and opportunities arise, based on changing circumstances, emerging evidence and community expectations.

Priorities for the first two years include:

Providing planning, regulation, and guidelines to support the NSW Government housing objectives
  • Continue to develop existing NSW Government policies and guidelines to support a stronger focus on place to deliver better jobs, housing and improved planning outcomes for communities, such as public space
  • Continue to implement reforms to the planning system to ensure transparent and faster planning assessments and to reduce rezoning timeframes
  • Continue to review and improve housing legislation to increase housing security to support tenants and homeowners
  • Build resilience in the community with better responses to environmental and natural hazards and ensure communities are not placed at risk
  • Support housing design that is adaptable and maximises technology to meet changing social and environmental needs
  • Support new housing typologies to meet the needs of individuals and communities
  • Drive change in applying universal design across the housing sector
Maximising the impact of government owned land, investment or assets, and government-led development projects or funding to achieve the housing vision
  • Continue to invest in renewing and growing social housing and enabling the community housing sector
  • Enable people living in social housing to more easily transition into private rental or home ownership
  • Provide ongoing housing assistance for those in crisis
  • Support better outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities
  • Partner with industry and community housing providers to test new housing typologies on government land
  • Improve government-led residential development outcomes and processes to drive the supply of more affordable, diverse, and resilient housing
  • Support the supply of suitable housing for essential workers in ‘hard to fill’ locations
Establishing a research agenda that invests in best practice and new ways of building and living
  • Drive a research agenda to promote innovation and delivery of effective housing solutions
  • Promote sustainable and energy efficient homes
Working with local governments and communities to achieve the NSW Government housing objectives
  • Collaborate with local governments to plan for and deliver housing
  • Support local governments in updating their housing policies
  • Give local government a greater share in the data obtained from ePlanning and collaborative data sharing exercises
Enabling access to and promoting the use of data and evidence-based decision-making
  • Streamline and co-ordinate access to housing data and information
  • Maximise the data opportunities that the e-Planning program presents
  • Support cross-sector collaboration and coordination through improved access to NSW Government housing data and evidence
  • For more information and datasets, visit the Housing Evidence Centre

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Page last updated: 18/10/2022