28 February 2024

Passage of Help to Buy legislation

The Albanese Labor Government’s legislation to establish a national shared equity scheme Help to Buy has passed the House of Representatives.

Help to Buy will bring home ownership back into reach for 40,000 Australian households.

This will be life changing for thousands of Australians who have been locked out of the security and stability of home ownership.

The government will support eligible homebuyers with an equity contribution of up to 40 per cent for new homes and 30 per cent for existing homes.

Help to Buy is one part of the Albanese Labor Government’s plan to help more Australians into home ownership.

The government has already helped more than 100,000 people across Australia into home ownership through the Home Guarantee Scheme, including more than 15,000 through the new Regional First Home Buyer Guarantee.

The Home Guarantee Scheme has been significantly expanded, making it easier for Australians to buy a home.

The Albanese Labor Government’s ambitious housing reform agenda also includes:

  • The $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund
  • A new national target to build 1.2 million well‑located homes
  • A $3 billion New Homes Bonus, and $500 million Housing Support Program
  • A $2 billion Social Housing Accelerator to deliver around 4,000 new social homes across Australia
  • A National Housing Accord which includes federal funding to deliver 10,000 affordable homes over five years from 2024 (to be matched by up to another 10,000 by the states and territories)
  • An investment of an additional $1 billion in the National Housing Infrastructure Facility to support more homes
  • Up to $575 million in funding already unlocked from the National Housing Infrastructure Facility, with homes under construction across the country
  • Increasing the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 15 per cent, the largest increase in more than 30 years
  • An additional $2 billion in financing for more social and affordable rental housing through Housing Australia
  • New incentives to boost the supply of rental housing by changing arrangements for investments in Build‑to‑Rent accommodation
  • A $1.7 billion one‑year extension of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement with states and territories, including a $67.5 million boost to homelessness funding
  • The development of a new National Housing and Homelessness Plan
  • States and territories committing to A Better Deal for Renters.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Julie Collins MP:

“Right across the country Help to Buy will be life changing, bringing home ownership back into reach for thousands of Australians, particularly renters.

It is deeply disappointing that some Parliamentarians are using this Bill as an opportunity to grandstand and try to grab a headline rather than help Australians.

Our Government has a mandate to deliver this critical new support and we know it will be life changing for tens of thousands of Australians – that’s why the Senate should now support it.

We have already helped more than 100,000 people into home ownership and Help to Buy will mean even more Australians have this opportunity.

Our ambitious housing reform agenda is working across the board – more help for homebuyers, more help for renters and more help for Australians needing a safe place for the night.”