New South Wales social housing program

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New South Wales social housing program

Social housing conditions in NSW
Early-stage proposal (Stage 1)
New South Wales
Smaller cities and regional centres
Social Infrastructure
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
NSW Government
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
NSW social housing


Across New South Wales, demand for social and crisis housing is growing faster than supply. Growth in maintenance costs for the existing housing stock is also constricting available Commonwealth and state investment for new houses.

The past decade has seen a 37% increase in unmet priority social housing demand and a 70% increase in homelessness across New South Wales.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit identified that the social housing system in Australia is under pressure. There is a lack of funding, high maintenance costs from an ageing housing stock and increasing demand.

Without intervention, this issue is expected to worsen. Unmet demand for Aboriginal housing alone is expected to result in an undersupply of more than 12,500 homes by 2031.

This proposal relates to the national Early-Stage Proposal for Remote housing overcrowding, which was added to the Infrastructure Priority List in February 2019.


This proposal is for increasing the availability of social housing in New South Wales.

Growing the availability of housing is likely to involve a range of actions, including:

  • addressing maintenance deficiencies for existing housing stock
  • renewing life-expired housing stock
  • developing new housing stock.

There is an opportunity to generate efficiencies by considering issues in supplying social and crisis housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together with other populations.

Next steps

Proponent to develop potential investment options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).