Housing Affordability in Australia Essay

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Background
Housing Affordability in Australia has become the focus point for urban planners in recent years. In particular, South East Queensland (SEQ) has experienced significant pressure as the demand for property and affordable dwellings increases and population growth in the region continues. The issue has come to the forefront in discussions for local governments in the region and there is a real need to address the problem of housing affordability. The subject of affordability is complex and is contributed to by a number of factors including the impost created by Council processes, which is the scope of the HAF-T5 Project.
The need to reduce these imposts is a key driver for continued improvement in Council processes to streamline
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Part 4 – Recommendations (To Follow)
• Improvement Program – including regional and council-specific recommendations.
The underlying intention of this document in its current form (Parts 1 and 2) is to establish an “As Is” picture, so to speak, of a Council’s development assessment processes.

Parts 1 and 2 will be presented to Council for validation and discussion with HAF representatives.
File Survey Overview
HAF-T5 programme Objectives
The aim of the Target 5 Days (HAF-T5) project is to reduce government’s impact on the development assessment process through reductions in assessment time. This will reduce the holding costs and infrastructure costs for applicants, contributing greatly to the bottom line overheads experienced by developers, both professional and non professional (without considering the greater issue of land supply).
The objectives of HAF-T5 project are to deliver process reform such that Councils in SEQ will deliver:
• Reduced assessment timeframe for 95% of residential development applications; and
• 75% reduction in approval timeframe for residential developments with a five-day turn around for low risk/complying applications.
Residential Application Focus
The typical types of applications that were surveyed are:
• Reconfiguration of lots up to 50 lots;
• Dual Occupancies (Duplexes);
• Multiple Unit Developments (generally 6 or less);
• Boundary Realignments; and
• Houses in overlays (e.g. character,
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