The peak union body in NSW has thrown its weight behind calls for compulsory affordable housing for all new developments from the NSW Federation of Housing Association.

The peak union body in NSW has thrown its weight behind calls for compulsory affordable housing for all new developments from the NSW Federation of Housing Association.

Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Emma Maiden said ensuring that working people have access to affordable housing was a core issue for the union movement.

“The rate of house price increases in our state, especially in Sydney, have galloped ahead of wage increases over the past decade. This creates very real stress on the quality of life for workers, most notably through the long commutes necessary to get between home and work. People are losing valuable recreation time with their loved ones.

“The government needs to ensure working families are not completely locked out of the property market. Unions believe the best way to achieve this is by setting measurable targets for all developments to include allocations for affordable housing.

Unions NSW are also pushing for all future major infrastructure projects to include mandated affordable and shared ownership housing.

When governments build major infrastructure projects, like the North West Rail line or the Northern Beaches Hospital, part of the planning process should involve mandated construction of affordable and shared home ownership housing. The goal should be for 10 per cent of housing to be affordable in a 2km radius of the new infrastructure.

“The federal government should play a role in assisting state governments with this task by co-funding the release of government land to state governments who commit to meeting these targets.”

To address the burgeoning housing affordability crisis Unions NSW calls for:

  • The allocation of at least 10 percent floor space to affordable housing on all new developments.
  • The introduction of a share home ownership scheme similar to that in Western Australia.
  • Major infrastructure projects to include mandated 10 percent construction of affordable and shared ownership housing in a 2km radius.
  • Consideration of a phase out of stamp duty to be replaced with a broad based land tax.
  • Phase out of first home owners grant with funding redirected to affordable housing.
  • Value capture for new transport infrastructure as an additional source of funding for affordable housing.  

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