Defining key worker housing

Affordable housing is essential infrastructure and is vital to improve the liveability of our city. It supports the diversity of our community and the productivity of our economy.

Through our Council Plan, the City of Melbourne is committed to facilitating more affordable housing for key workers. We have reaffirmed this in our Affordable Housing Strategy and are developing policy to secure affordable rental housing for key workers.

The next step in facilitating this housing is to prepare a draft definition of “key worker housing” and seek feedback from the community and our industry partners.

In Melbourne, decades of under-investment in affordable housing combined with significant population growth and rising housing costs means there is a severe shortage of affordable homes for people on very low to moderate incomes.

City of Melbourne conducted research in 2023 to help us understand who the key workers are in our city, and how we can support more people on low and moderate incomes to live in the city.

From October to December 2023, we asked the community to read the draft definition and have their say. City of Melbourne staff have now refined the draft definition, and will present a final definition for endorsement at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting in April 2024.

For further information, please see the Defining key worker housing consultation pack in our Document Library or email


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    ​Community consultation open

    16 October to 10 December 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Engagement analysis

    Findings analysed and definition refined: December to January 2024

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Final recommended definition

    Final recommended definition presented to Future Melbourne Committee meeting: April 2024


Community engagement findings

Research summary - second engagement

The purpose of the engagement was to seek feedback from the community and our industry partners on a draft key worker housing definition.

Research summary

Read the views and experiences of City of Melbourne Key Workers about housing.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation is open

    24 May to 14 June 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Survey findings are analysed and report written

    July to August 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Report taken to Future Melbourne Committee meeting

    5 September 2023

Affordable Housing Strategy

This strategy outlines council’s commitment to providing more affordable housing within the city.