The Queensland government has unveiled its new actions and commitment to boost housing supply and provide support to the sector.

The Outcomes Report from the historic Housing Summit held in October revealed strategies and commitments to improve housing in Queensland.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the report sets out a program of actions backed by $56m in new funding to deliver positive housing outcomes for the state.

“I convened the Summit so that the government could work with stakeholders to find sustainable, tangible, workable solutions to the challenges Queenslanders face,” she said.

Here are the key actions under the report:

  • $11.7m to expand tenancy sustainment responses to support vulnerable people to maintain their tenancies
  • $10m to expand private rental assistance products and services for people experiencing severe rental stress
  • $10m to deliver more temporary emergency accommodation with onsite support
  • $8.5m additional support for after-hours homelessness outreach services
  • a further $5m boost to the Immediate Housing Response
  • $5m for a Community Engagement and Awareness Campaign on growth and housing diversity
  • $3.3m for cost-of-living relief, including emergency relief and food relief
  • $2.5m to support the review of the South-East Queensland Regional Plan

These key actions are on top of the $1bn boost in funding for the Housing Investment Fund and the $5m boost for the boost in funding for the Housing.

Overall, the government’s investment in social and affordable housing is at a historic level of nearly $4bn.

On top of this, Ms Palaszczuk said the government will be undertaking an audit of state government-owned land and buildings — with the audit, the state government aims to look for opportunities for residential use.

The state government will be partnering with local governments and non-government organisations to identify similar opportunities.

“We will continue to work with all levels of governments, industry, the private sector, our invaluable community housing providers and housing and homelessness community organisations to deliver this responsive and extensive program of work,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

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