QUESTION: Affordable housing

During Question Time, Mark asked the Leader of the Government, representing the Minister for Human Services, whether the Government is confident that developers are not avoiding their obligations to provide affordable housing in new significant developments.


The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: The government is currently developing a new housing and homelessness strategy for South Australia, with a draft expected later this year. In the meantime, we have an existing affordable housing policy, which includes the requirement for all new significant developments to include 15 per cent of dwellings to be offered as affordable housing. The main delivery mechanism for that obligation appears to be the use of Land Management Agreements (LMAs) in which the developers commit to meeting their affordable housing targets.

My questions of the minister are:

Firstly, is the government confident that developers are not avoiding their obligations to provide affordable housing?

Secondly, will the Minister publish a list of developments subject to the affordable housing obligation and the contents of all relevant Land Management Agreements?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer): On behalf of the Minister, I will take the question on notice and bring back a reply.

Response received on 10 September, 2019.

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer): The Minister for Human Services has advised the following:

Information regarding the 15 per cent affordable housing new build policy is publicly available at https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/planning-and-property/land-and-property-development/planning-professionals/developer-responsibilities-for-affordable-housing.

The South Australian Housing Authority has advised that developers are meeting their affordable housing obligations under the current planning system.

The Minister for Planning holds a register of all land management agreements that have been entered for the purpose of mandating the delivery of affordable housing.

The content of these land management agreements is confidential and not available publicly.