As a liveable city, every Melburnian should be able to access safe and affordable housing. Affordable housing is vital to protect the liveability of our city. It supports the diversity of our community and the productivity of our economy.

We have a shortfall of at least 5,500 affordable rental homes in the City of Melbourne. If we do nothing, this will quadruple to more than 23,000 by 2036.

The current lack of affordable housing puts pressure on our city’s housing options, which can impact on those experiencing homelessness.

There is no silver bullet that will solve the affordable housing crisis and we can’t do it alone. To be effective in increasing the supply of well-designed affordable rental housing, we need to work in partnership with state and federal governments, community housing providers, developers, investors and researchers.

Our draft Affordable Housing Strategy identifies four priorities to address Melbourne's affordable housing crisis:

  1. Advocate for mandatory inclusionary zoning.
  2. Develop affordable rental housing on City of Melbourne land.
  3. Strengthen our internal affordable housing processes.
  4. Advocate and partner for affordable housing.

Learn more in the draft strategy overview below.

Draft strategy overview

Read a summary of the draft Affordable Housing Strategy.