Continuing to make Canberra even more inclusive
An inclusive city is one where the essentials of a good life are readily available: a safe, affordable and suitable place to live; a decent, secure job; access to the right kinds of services and support when they’re needed. The ACT Government wants Canberra to be a community where we welcome, value and respect others no matter where they’re from or what their journey through life has been like. As well as delivering major new health, education and transport infrastructure, we are boosting the social infrastructure that supports inclusion so that all Canberrans can share in the benefits of this city’s prosperity.
Delivering a new housing strategy
We believe every Canberran, no matter their circumstances, should have access to safe and affordable housing that suits their needs. The ACT Housing Strategy sets out a pathway for the next 10 years to meet the diverse and changing needs of our community.
The new ACT Housing Strategy was developed through thousands of expert and community contributions and was released in October 2018. The strategy is focused on supporting Canberrans on low incomes or facing disadvantage so that they aren’t left behind by the housing market. Alongside the release of the strategy, we announced a $100 million plan to grow our public housing stock and continue renewing existing properties so that more Canberrans can find the right place to call home.
Establishing another Common Ground to help reduce homelessness
Following the success of the first Common Ground housing project at Gungahlin, we are delivering a second complex in Canberra’s Inner North to support people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
We have have started consultation with the community on the design of the new Common Ground, which will be located within the urban renewal precinct along Antill Street in Dickson. The location will ensure Common Ground’s residents have easy access to services like the new Inner North Walk-in Centre and light rail through the nearby Dickson Interchange. Common Ground 2 will be a 40-unit complex, and we have delivered funding through the 2019 Budget to get construction underway.
Delivering more culturally-appropriate housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans
The Government is expanding low-cost supportive housing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans, building on the success of Mura Gunya in Kambah.
Following the delivery of funding in the 2018 Budget, a site for this new housing project has been found in Lyons. Construction is expected to commence in 2019 while consultations with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body continue to discuss options for a third site that can deliver even more housing units.
Supporting better healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans through a new health centre for Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Services
The ACT Government has a long-standing partnership with Winnunga Nimmityjah Health and Community Services to provide holistic and culturally appropriate healthcare for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
We have contributed $12 million to build a modern new health care facility at Winnunga’s site in Narrabundah. The ACT Government is supporting Winnunga through the delivery of the project, with design and preliminary works now underway.
Establishing an Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs
We aim for Canberra to be the most welcoming city in Australia for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people. That’s why we created an Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs to help drive change where it’s needed and join the other dedicated offices established by the ACT Government like the Office for Multicultural Affairs, the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and the Office for Seniors and Veterans.
The Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs was established in 2017 and sits within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. It provides whole of government advice on LGBTIQ+ issues and has launched a grants program and an Inclusion Strategy to help grow the visibility of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans and recognise their contribution to our community.