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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. State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP 5) was introduced to deal with housing for older people and people with a disability.


In March 2004, the Department replaced SEPP 5 with a new policy focused on balancing growing demand for accommodation with maintaining the character and feel of local neighbourhoods - State Environmental Planning Policy (Seniors Living) 2004.


In September 2007, Amendment No 2 changed the name of the SEPP to State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004. It also introduced site compatibility certificates for seniors housing.


In October 2018, an amendment was made to change some rules for site compatibility certificates and to make the relevant planning panel the determining authority for site compatibility certificates issued under the Seniors SEPP.


Current Seniors Housing SEPP

The current policy and supporting resources are:


The Department’s register provides the status and details of all existing SCCs that are publicly available.


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: 22/10/2018