The Australian Government is struggling to find developers to build new homes in its new National Housing Strategy, which is expected to see millions of people move out of existing housing and into new rental housing.
The government has already allocated $4 billion for the scheme, and some of the most ambitious plans have been developed by private developers and developers working with local councils.
However, the government’s own housing review found there were gaps in the local planning process.
“We’ve identified a number of areas where the development process could be improved, and are working with our partners to identify and develop appropriate planning reforms to improve those areas,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development said.
The Department of Planning and Development says the review found “significant gaps” in the development of local planning.
It said “significant” gaps were identified in the planning process in four key areas: planning for the inclusion of affordable housing in housing schemes; the availability of affordable units in new housing schemes, and the implementation of affordable and flexible building plans; and the planning of affordable rental housing, particularly in inner-city areas.
“This review identified areas of significant gap between the planning frameworks for housing development and the requirements of the local communities,” the spokeswoman said.
The report found there are gaps in how the government identifies new housing developments, how affordable housing is targeted and how flexible building strategies are developed.
“The review identified a significant gap in how developers are identified and allocated to provide housing and the extent to which this gap is identified, assessed and remediated.”
The Department of National Development has been under pressure from local councils and other developers to improve the local housing development process.
It has been accused of not delivering on the housing plan.
In December, the ABC reported the Department was looking to develop a national housing strategy to help guide future development.
“We want to make sure we have the right information, we’re getting the right tools to get to where we need to go,” the Department’s national housing manager, David Leggett, told the ABC.
“If we’re going to be moving people out of old housing into new housing then we need all the information we can get to do that.”
Leggett said he was confident the government would deliver a national strategy by early 2020.
“What I’m confident about is we’ll be able to deliver the National Housing Plan,” he said.
“That will be our biggest challenge to date.”
The Housing Industry Association of Australia says it is disappointed the Government’s housing strategy has not been implemented.
It says there are a number local councils who are not being consulted about the development plan.
“It’s really disappointing that we’re seeing a lot of local government not getting involved,” it said.
It says there is a lack of funding for local councils to prepare and implement housing planning.
Housing industry groups are pushing for the Government to deliver a housing strategy that will help them attract more investment into their communities.
For the past few months, there has been a huge push by local councils, developers and others to improve local planning processes.
However, the Department for Housing and Planning said it is “encouraging” local councils work with developers and the government to improve planning processes in their areas.
A spokeswoman for Housing Industry Australia said the government is working closely with local governments to develop the national housing plan and the housing industry is working to support the Government in its development of the plan.