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Who are the new ministers for housing, homelessness and urban issues after the May 2019 election?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's new ministry has been announced

27 May 2019

The re-election of the Morrison Government has added new ministers to the portfolios connected with important housing, homelessness and urban issues.

The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, has engaged closely with AHURI in his previous roles as Treasurer and Minister for Social Services, notably delivering an address on housing affordability at an AHURI event in 2017. Prime Minister Morrison also has a strong background in housing issues having been National Manager, Policy and Research, of the Property Council of Australia between 1989 and 1995.

The Hon Michael Sukkar MP becomes Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing… The Hon Luke Howarth MP has been appointed Assistant Minister for Community Housing and Homelessness

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP continues as Treasurer, a role that has a large impact on the work of those in Australia’s housing and homelessness sector. The Treasury oversees the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and the Bills relating to the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, which enables the Commonwealth to provide financial assistance to the states for housing, homelessness and housing affordability matters. Minister Frydenberg has a background in Law, and is keenly interested in issues of public policy.

The Hon Alan Tudge MP is the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, the ministry that oversees the City Deals program. Minister Tudge’s background is in business, including several years with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia, Malaysia and New York, and running his own advisory business.

The Hon Michael Sukkar MP becomes Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing to focus on the home loan scheme for first-home buyers promised during the 2019 federal election campaign. Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Sukkar worked as a lawyer and as an expert in taxation.

The Hon Luke Howarth MP has been appointed Assistant Minister for Community Housing and Homelessness. Prior to entering Parliament, Minister Howarth worked in local and small business.

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston has been appointed Minister for Families and Social Services. The Department of Social Services delivers services such as Commonwealth Rent Assistance, the on-going National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). Senator Ruston has a background in primary production and agriculture in her home state of South Australia.