This document sets out policy and investment recommendations as input to the Queensland Government State Budget process for 2024-2025.
Where appropriate, we have included approximate costings based on Q Shelter’s research and modelling.
Our recommendations span a range of solutions that incorporate:
- Upstream investment in genuine prevention
- Investment in Specialist Homelessness Services to address increased demand
- Upstream investment in tenancy sustainment support including specialised support
- Enhanced funding for supportive housing
- Specific housing supply and support measures to house Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people, older people, people impacted by hoarding and squalor, and people living with disability
- An increase to the Housing Investment Fund
- Expanded investment in modern methods of construction to rapidly scale supply
- Accelerated policy reforms focused on the planning system and community housing provision
- Support for peer leadership and for tenant participation
- Localised community capacity building activities to build support for diverse housing solutions.
A range of contextual factors are impacting the extent of unmet housing need and homelessness including:
- An undersupplied housing market compared to the demand for housing
- High migration to Queensland
- Significant projected population growth
- Reducing household size
- Significant infrastructure programs attracting a workforce
- Construction industry challenges including workforce availability, skills, supply chain issues and overall rising costs
- Historically low levels of social and affordable housing which have not kept pace with population needs
- An over-reliance on the private rental market which provides little security of tenure and is also undersupplied.