There is a housing crisis in Australia. We have a severe shortage of affordable housing and while this is primarily the responsibility of the State and Federal governments, the City of Melbourne is committed to doing everything we can to increase the number of homes available to our residents, students and key workers. This is a complex topic, so we’re calling on the people of Melbourne to help us explore new and innovative ways to increase affordable housing, and truly make Melbourne a city everyone can call home.

We are bringing community together through a People’s Panel which will be made up of a group of people selected by lottery, who broadly represent the entire community to learn about the issues, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen and how things should change.

The invitation to register was sent to 8500 households in the City of Melbourne that was selected by lottery from the City of Melbourne address database.

Our 40 participants have been selected. They will come together across four sessions to consider, discuss and work towards a set of recommendations on the following question:

How can we increase affordable housing in the City of Melbourne?

The recommendations of this Panel will be shared with Council and the general public, and will inform the decisions we make to increase affordable housing within the City of Melbourne.

If you have any questions, please call us on 03 9658 9658.

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  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Affordable Housing People's Panel endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee

    5 September 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Recruitment for the People's Panel begins

    18 September 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Last day to register to participate in the People’s Panel

    8 October 2023

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Meet and greet session of the People’s Panel

    26 October 2023

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Deliberation sessions of the People’s Panel

    28 October to 18 November 2023

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Special FMC to review recommendations

    5 March 2024

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