Government inaction leaves thousands in housing stress in the regions

09 November 2021

Today the NSW Government released the long-awaited recommendations from the Regional Housing Taskforce. 

The report is a wake-up call for the NSW Government. It confirms that housing and rental affordability in regional NSW is a ‘profound’ problem and we will be facing a deep and prolonged housing crisis in our regions if we don’t act immediately. 
These recommendations are a step in the right direction, but we need to ensure this report doesn’t sit gathering dust - urgent action was needed years ago and the problem will only get worse unless there is less discussion and more action. 
Without an immediate plan of how the NSW Government will respond, this report will provide little comfort for thousands of families in our regions who are under significant housing stress right now. 
The report is a reminder that after a decade of failing to address housing affordability in Sydney, the impact of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government’s neglect has now reached well into regional NSW with median house prices increasing by nearly 30 per cent over the last 12 months.
The report makes clear that the land is available and the Government just needs to use it. 
The recommendations also do little to address skyrocketing rental prices in our regions - with many families facing eviction every day as rent skyrocket under pressure from regional tourism economies, short-term rentals and families relocating from the affordability crisis in Sydney. 
The report made very clear we need urgent and serious action to increase housing supply in our regions and a significant investment in social and affordable housing. The Government should also urgently abolish no-fault eviction laws so tenants aren’t forced to move because the landlord wants to raise the rent.