The RLC commends the Commonwealth Government on its recent efforts to address issues surrounding housing supply, including through the National Housing Accord and the Housing Australia Future Fund.
The factors which impact housing affordability and accessibility are numerous and complex, and a National Housing and Homelessness Plan will assist to set a clear, long-term vision for the future of housing policy across Australia.
Notwithstanding, any national housing policy needs to consider the entire gamut of options available, including those which cater for our ageing population. Retirement communities support vibrant and active ageing, ensuring older Australians can live fulfilling lives while remaining connected to the economy and society and play a vital role in this housing mix.
In addressing this Issues Paper, the RLC offers a number of practical recommendations which enable the retirement living sector to assist with easing pressures on housing supply and increase affordability across Australia.