9 May 2023

Billions to boost housing and affordability

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.

Building more homes

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.

Helping Australians with the cost of rent

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.

Helping more people into home ownership sooner

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.

Funding for homelessness services

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:

  • The $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, the single biggest investment in social and affordable housing by a Federal Government in more than a decade, which will support the delivery of 30,000 social and affordable homes in its first five years.
  • A National Housing Accord, setting out a shared ambition to build one million new, well-located homes over five years from 2024.
  • An additional $350 million over five years from 2024–25 to support funding of 10,000 affordable homes under the Accord.
  • Widening the remit of the National Housing Infrastructure Facility, making up to $575 million available to invest immediately in social and affordable rental homes.
  • The Help to Buy program, which will reduce the cost of buying a home.