$220 million for housing renewal across Brisbane

The Palaszczuk Government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy is set to deliver comprehensive support at every stage of the housing continuum from homelessness to homeownership.  

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk Government’s investment of over $220 million in Brisbane heralded the most significant social housing construction program in a decade. 

“This Government is making a significant investment in homes for some of the most vulnerable,” Ms Trad said. 

“We are investing $1 billion in new public housing across the state over the next five, with at least 684 homes to be built across Brisbane. 

“And we’re also leveraging the private sector to increase the supply of genuinely affordable housing. 

“Now we need to see some real action from the Federal Government around negative gearing and capital gains tax. 

“We’re doing our part – it’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to do the same.” 

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that he was excited by the response from the community and property sectors to the new ten year Queensland Housing Strategy. 

“On Tuesday I addressed a crowd of over 120 people from organisations looking to partner with the Queensland Government to deliver more affordable housing,” Mr de Brenni said. 

“By encouraging organisations to leverage of our significant invest, we have the opportunity to open up a whole new market for affordable housing in this state.” 

First Home Buyers Grants 

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, Curtis Pitt, said the Palaszczuk Government’s $20,000 Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant was helping tackle housing affordability. 

“In last year’s State Budget I boosted the Queensland First Home Owners’’ Grant from $15,000 to $20,000,” Mr Pitt said. 

“This is helping Queenslanders buy their first home while also supporting jobs in our building industry and related sectors.

“The grant was to end on 30 June but in last week’s Budget I provided $30 million to extend its availability to the end of December. 

“The latest figures show 4,900 grants worth $98 million have been paid out since the program started in July last year. 

“In addition there are almost 500 applications for the grant being processed.” 

Mr Pitt said the $20,000 Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant was available to help buy newly constructed houses or apartments up to the value of $750,000. 

“I urge anyone considering buying their first home to look into the grant and make a decision before the end of the year,” he said. 

For information visit the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant website. 

$37.3 million in homelessness funding

The Palaszczuk Government is also providing $37.3 million of homelessness funding to support Brisbane’s most vulnerable. 

Mr de Brenni said the funding would support the women and men on the frontline of homelessness support to make a real difference. 

“Homelessness is a complex issue and we are approach it from all angles,” Mr de Brenni said. 

“This funding will help support people off the streets, help people maintain their tenancies and help those in our community who are at high risk of falling into homelessness. 

“Our $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy is about a lot more than just building new homes. We are improving support and transforming services to open up better housing pathways for all Queenslanders.” 

Five year homelessness agreements

Mr de Brenni said that he was backing in the investment in housing and homelessness by supporting service providers with longer agreements. 

“Working on the frontlines of homelessness is one of the toughest jobs in the state and the traditional practice of short-term funding agreements makes that job even tougher,” he said.

“Gaining the trust of a person who needs support to transition out of homelessness and into secure, stable accommodation can be a complex task, and it is one that requires significant experience and skill.

“These longer term funding agreements are about more than providing financial security to organisations that assist people experiencing homelessness.

“It’s also about building the skills and experience of the sector, and providing the certainty and job security needed so that workers can commit to further study and professional development instead of perpetual job hunting.” 

Mr de Brenni said helping Queenslanders into housing provided families with security also created jobs in housing construction and for tradies, including carpenters, electricians and plumbers