Housing, Homelessness and Transport

Australian Capital Territory Budget 2015-16 : For Canberra

Public housing renewal

In July 2014, the ACT Government committed to the public housing renewal program. The public housing renewal program will involve the development of 1,288 new public housing dwellings to replace 13 multi-unit sites.

Through the public housing renewal program, the ACT Government will build or acquire modern, energy efficient accommodation to improve the overall quality of the public housing portfolio. This will also reduce utility costs and improve amenity for tenants. Tenants will be provided with support during their relocation through this program.

  • As at 30 April 2015, 366 dwelling sites had been identified and 176 projects had commenced.
  • The proportion of low income households in both public and community housing at 30 June 2014 at 98.9%, the highest in Australia  
  • During 2013-14, 97% of new allocations in both public and community housing were made to households in greatest needs exceeding the national averages.   
  • The ACT had the highest proportion of young people experiencing a form of homelessness who were in education or training after receiving support at 82.4%, compared to the national average of 68.4%.   
  • Among clients being provided accommodation by homelessness services, 43.8% went on to secure a tenancy of their own after this support. This is the highest in the nation.

Common Ground

Common Ground is an assertive intervention model which addresses homelessness by providing safe, secure, supported accommodation for people who have experienced homelessness.  It does so in specifically built or modified accommodation, provided in a form which mixes people who have experienced homelessness with low income working tenants who pay affordable rental.

A key theme of the Common Ground model is its linkages to the local and extended community and a focus on social interaction for its residents. The construction of Common Ground is well underway. With the assistance of community donations, the ACT and the Commonwealth Governments, a 40 unit dwelling is being built which will become home to 20 former chronic homeless individuals and 20 individuals on low income. The building is located on a site near the Gungahlin Town Centre.

City buildings at dusk


The ACT Government's flexible transport bus service, launched in September 2014, has seen approximately 6,000 boardings to date, providing much needed free travel to a number of areas within the ACT for seniors and people with a disability.  Each bus is wheelchair accessible and is operated by a member of the Special Needs Transport team.

The flexible transport bus service plays a significant role in transporting seniors and people with a disability to medical appointments, shopping centres and social events such as Seniors Week.

Designed specifically for residents such as the aged and people with disabilities, this free bus service operates off a basic timetable, picking up residents from home and taking them to local community facilities such as shopping centres and hospitals.

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