Our Homes for People housing strategy looks at ways we can improve the affordability and design of housing to meet the diverse needs of our residents.

The City of Melbourne is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia.

Our residential population has doubled to more than 116,000 people since 2001. By 2021, it is expected to grow to more than 150,000 people and almost 200,000 by 2031. We need to accommodate and plan for this growth.

We know that housing plays a big part in the health and quality of life of our residents, our communities and our economy. It is also one of the biggest and most complex issues faced by cities today and Melbourne is no exception.

Homes for People outlines three main goals:

  • to provide more affordable homes for low and moderate income earners,
  • improve design and environmental standards of new apartments, and
  • ensure the community is equipped with the knowledge and information they need about good quality housing.

The draft strategy has been informed by conversations with the community in 2013 when we released the Future Living discussion paper and a second phase of community engagement which took place in mid- 2014 when a draft strategy was released. The final Homes for People housing strategy was adopted at a Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) on Tuesday 9 December 2014, after some changes were made to the final strategy. You can read the final strategy below. Other key documents can be accessed in the Document Library.

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Our Homes for People housing strategy was adopted at a Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) on Tuesday 9 December, after some changes were made to the final strategy.

The FMC resolved to endorse the Homes for People Housing Strategy 2014-18 subject to the following amendments:

  • Deleting Action 3 regarding inclusionary zoning on private land.
  • Extending the time frame for reaching the affordable homes target of 1721 in Goal 1 from 2021 to 2024.
  • Reducing the affordable homes target on Council-owned land in Action 1 from “up to 20 per cent to “up to 15 per cent”.
  • Request that management further review the strategy when Commonwealth-State arrangements on housing are finalised.

To read the full FMC resolution and listen to the audio from the meeting visit the Future Melbourne Committee documentation page 9 December 2014.

The strategy will now be amended to reflect the FMC resolution and made public in early 2015 on Participate Melbourne.

December 11, 2014


Our Homes for People housing strategy was presented to the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 18 November 2014 for endorsement. At this meeting, Councillors resolved to defer this item until the 9 December 2014 Future Melbourne Committee.

You can access minutes, resolutions and audio from the meeting here.

Read the strategy below and see how community feedback has been incorporated.

Anyone can attend the Future Melbourne Committee. You can also ask a question or make a written or verbal submission. Find out how to make a submission on theCommunicating with Council page

November 19, 2014


Our Homes for People housing strategy will be presented to the Future Melbourne Committee for endorsement on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 5.30pm.

This follows community engagement on the draft strategy in June to August this year, when more than 100 responses were received.

Read the strategy below and see how community feedback has been incorporated.

Anyone can attend the Future Melbourne Committee. You can also ask a question or make a written or verbal submission. Find out how to make a submission on the Communicating with Council page

November 10, 2014