The Albanese Government's second Budget will enable billions of dollars of investment in new social and affordable housing, incentivise new long-term rentals and provide additional support for low-income renters during difficult times.
As part of our plan to create more opportunities for more Australians to get ahead, our 2023–34 Budget builds on our existing housing agenda to help more people find a safe and affordable place to call home.
The Government is enabling an additional $2 billion in investment for more social and affordable rental housing by increasing the guaranteed liabilities of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).
This boost from $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion, effective July 1, will enable NHFIC to support the building of more social and affordable homes by providing lower cost and longer term finance to community housing providers through the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator.
The Government is also offering incentives to increase the supply of rental housing by improving taxation arrangements for investments in build-to-rent accommodation.
In this Budget, the Government is helping around 1.1 million Australians with the rising cost of rent by increasing the maximum rates of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 15 per cent at a cost of $2.7 billion over five years.
These new Budget measures complement the decisions taken by National Cabinet to develop reforms to increase housing supply and affordability, and put renters’ rights front and centre, with states and territories committing to work to strengthen renters’ rights. These reforms will continue to be progressed through the Housing and Homelessness Ministerial Council.
The Government is also helping more people into home ownership sooner by expanding eligibility for the Home Guarantee Scheme.
From July 1, the First Home Guarantee and Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee will be available to any two eligible borrowers, such as friends and siblings, expanding it beyond spouses or de facto partners. They will also be available to non-first home buyers if they haven’t owned a property in Australia in the last 10 years, supporting those who have fallen out of homeownership, often due to financial crisis or relationship breakdown. Australian Permanent Residents, in addition to Australian citizens, will be eligible for the Home Guarantee Scheme.
The Family Home Guarantee will be available to eligible borrowers who are single legal guardians of children such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent, in addition to single natural and adoptive parents.
These changes build on last year's increase in the number of places available and the establishment of the Government’s new Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee.
The Government is providing an extra $67.5 million to states and territories, through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement in 2023–24, to help tackle homelessness. This funding will assist homelessness services as the Government works to develop a new National Housing and Homelessness Plan.
These new Budget measures support the Albanese Government’s ambitious housing agenda, which includes:
As at 9 May 2023.