Amendments to the Housing Land Supply Act 2018 - Have your say

The Tasmanian Government is seeking comment on the draft Housing Land Supply Amendment Bill 2021 (proposed amendments to the Housing Land Supply Act 2018).

The Housing Land Supply Act 2018 (the HLS Act) was developed following the then Premier’s Housing Summit in 2018. It introduced a more direct process for rezoning and modifying planning scheme requirements for eligible government land to facilitate housing, particularly for affordable and social housing developments.

The HLS Act shortens the normal planning assessment process, while maintaining the same rigorous criteria for determining the suitability of the land for housing.

Around 40 ha of land has been successfully made available for affordable and social housing using the HLS Act to date.

The continued demand for more affordable and social housing options in Tasmania means more needs to be done across sectors to facilitate developments of this nature.

The proposed amendments to the HLS Act:

  • broaden the scope of eligible land to include land obtained by the Director of Housing after the HLS Act came into effect;
  • still contain the same exclusions and assessment criteria, but importantly provide a broader and longer public consultation period for deciding the suitability of recently obtained land;
  • enable the consideration of government land previously unintentionally excluded from the HLS Act along with suitable land on Flinders Island; and
  • align the assessment criteria with the normal planning process, and improve transparency in the decision making processes.

Publishing submissions

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation.

Submissions will be published once the review has concluded.

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