Aims Of The National Affordable Housing Agreement

Housing strategies need to address the priority housing policies of the NHHA that are of interest to the state or territory. Among the priority areas for housing: The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), launched on July 1, 2018, allocates about $1.5 billion a year to states and territories to improve Australians` access to safe and affordable housing across the housing spectrum. NAHA is an agreement of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that began on January 1, 2009 and launched a government approach to address the issue of affordable housing. The second and arguably the largest set of amendments is accountability. These include an expanded list of performance criteria, the Commonwealth, which adopts a standardized approach to data measurements, and a formal independent review of the agreement by the Productivity Commission, which will be implemented within four years. Compared to the most recent previous agreements, three things are emerging as new or reissued. The National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) aims to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing that contributes to social and economic participation. Given the many details detailed by so many of them on the apparent lack of financial resources needed to meet the housing needs in Australia, we can unfortunately predict that the new agreement will not contribute at all to increasing the supply of social and affordable housing. Indeed, this is tacitly acknowledged – the carefully crafted performance indicators of the agreement do not contain such a measure. Recent comments from Treasurer Scott Morrison and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar indicate that they believe the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) has not met its targets for increasing the number of social housing units.

A third feature is the requirement for states and territories to publish housing strategies each year. Stakeholders will be able to assess and compare the merits of these published projects. These will follow a new round of high-level bilateral agreements negotiated between each state and territory and the Commonwealth.