Have Your Say!

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development and ongoing review of Government policy and legislation and we are seeking your input on proposed legislation to set up a new housing authority.

The Department of Communities Tasmania has developed the Consultation Draft - Housing Tasmania Bill 2022 (the Bill) and consequential amendments to replace the existing Homes Act 1935.

The Bill makes a number of changes necessary to establish a new housing authority as the cornerstone of the Tasmanian Government’s 10-year $1.5 billion housing package to deliver 10 000 new homes by 2032.

Key changes include establishing a skills-based board for the new housing authority and providing it with the powers and functions needed to meet the housing commitments made by Government.

The board will replace the Director of Housing, currently a corporation sole established under the Homes Act 1935.

A bespoke governance model is proposed that draws elements from a State-owned company, Government Business Enterprise, and statutory authority models.

The new housing authority will have the capacity to borrow from the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation (or other entities if approved by the Treasurer) and invest with a balance sheet assessed at more than $2 billion.

It is planned that the authority will commence by 1 October 2022, subject to the passage of this legislation. It will report directly to the Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing.

It is important to note that the establishment of the authority under the Housing Tasmania Bill 2022 creates the organisation. There may be other changes required either arising from this consultation or known challenges that will be addressed through subsequent legislation to ensure detailed consultation can occur.

Download the Consultation Draft - Housing Tasmania Bill 2022 (PDF) and the Consultation Draft - Housing Tasmania Consequential Amendments Bill 2022 (PDF).

Watch Community Services, Infrastructure and Housing Deputy Secretary Peter White discuss the proposed legislation in the video below.

Read a transcript of the below recording.

Timeline

Consultation opens

Tuesday 7 June 2022

Consultation closes

5:00pm (AEST), Tuesday 5 July 2022

Key documents

How to make a submission?

All written submissions on the consultation drafts must be received by 5:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

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Read and provide feedback on the Consultation Draft - Housing Tasmania Bill 2022 and the Consultation Draft - Housing Tasmania (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022.

All feedback is welcomed and we are especially interested to hear your views on the following aspects:

  • The powers and functions of the housing authority.
  • What elements should be included in the Minister’s Statement of Expectations.
  • What other powers not currently reflected in the Bill should the authority have to improve the delivery of new supply and better manage social and affordable housing.
  • What title could the authority be given to best reflect the role it will play?
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You can send your submission to the address below:

Address

Housing Tasmania Bill 2022
Department of Communities Tasmania
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 65
Hobart TAS 7001

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You can email your submission to:

Email

Subject: Housing Tasmania Bill 2022

ctcommunications@communities.tas.gov.au

Publishing Submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at www.communities.tas.gov.au/housingauthority. Submissions will be published once consideration of the submissions has concluded.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

For further information, or to ask any questions relating to this consultation, please contact: ctcommunications@communities.tas.gov.au and include ‘Housing Tasmania Bill 2022’ in the email subject, or read the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy.

Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

  1. Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
  2. The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI).

If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.