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 increasing the number of affordable homes. This is a complex topic, so we called 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 brought our community together through a People’s Panel which was made up of a group of people selected to broadly represent the community within the City of Melbourne. Forty panellists were selected to learn about the issues, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen and how things should change, in response to the question:

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

Panel recommendations

The recommendations of this Panel were supported by Council at the Special Future Melbourne Committee meeting on 5 March 2024. A live stream of the meeting, and an outline of the future work program from the City of Melbourne can be found here.

A video summary of the panel process can be found here.

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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 - complete

    Special FMC to review recommendations

    5 March 2024

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Homes Melbourne begins implementation of the recommendations

    March 2024

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