Queensland housing strategy reforms to be outlined at AHURI conference

Minister to deliver keynote address outlining housing priorities

17 Jan 2017

The Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni, will outline key reforms from the upcoming ten-year Queensland housing strategy at the AHURI Homelessness and housing solutions conference in Brisbane in March.

The housing strategy is developing pathways to encourage children of public housing tenants either to earn an income or to continue learning when they finish high school. The Minister says that under the current system, a child taking on full time work doubles the family’s rent.

‘This type of scenario has led to young people having to make the choice to enter the workforce or continue living with their parents,’ Mr de Brenni said in a recent statement. ‘Kids should be able to kick off their careers without having to make such a heavy choice, especially in cases where they have played a carer role for their parents whilst growing up. If someone works hard in school and gets a TAFE qualification, I believe that we should be supporting them as much as possible to get a kick start on their careers.’

The Minister said the new strategy is aimed at providing a pathway for people into independent accommodation wherever possible, whether that be new affordable housing, the private rental market or home ownership.

More than 1,870 people gave their views on what should be in the housing strategy.

The AHURI one-day conference is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Brisbane on Friday, 31 March 2017.

Homelessness and housing solutions