Back to the future

It’s back to the future with Richard Wynne being appointed again as Minister for Housing. Members know him well and appreciate that he was the last Housing Minister to deliver on growth through a state fund and the Nation Building Initiative.

Born in 1955, Mr Wynne grew up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and has lived and worked there for most of his life. He was a consultant to local councils and community groups, providing advice on housing, planning, regional development and community health issues and has lectured in Public Policy at Victoria University of Technology.

He studied Social Work and Criminology at Melbourne University and, after graduating, worked for seven years in community health on inner city public housing estates.

During the Cain Labor Government, Mr Wynne worked as a policy adviser on Housing and Planning to two Ministers – Barry Pullen and Andrew McCutcheon. He then joined the staff of then Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe as a senior adviser with responsibility for Urban Renewal issues and Local Government reforms.

He was also a Melbourne City Councillor for six years, serving one year as Lord Mayor in 1991.

In the Andrews Government, Mr Wynne will also be responsible for the Planning and Multicultural Affairs portfolios. Bringing the planning and housing portfolios together is a wise move and gives the new minister the opportunity to plan and deliver housing across a much broader spectrum – from crisis through to affordable housing and hopefully more inclusionary housing.

CHIA Vic has sent a letter of congratulations to Mr Wynne, along with an invitation to meet. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration over the next four years, and to the benefits that will flow from the merger of the Planning and Housing portfolios.

Adem Somyurek will take on the Local Government portfolio. The former Housing Minister, Martin Foley, has been given the Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries portfolios.

You can view the complete list of the new Andrews Government Cabinet here.

Lesley Dredge

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

The Everybody’s Home campaign is encouraging people with stories of housing struggles to share their experiences with the new PM Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, and Richard Di Natalie.

This is a great opportunity to connect clients, as well as supporters and staff who may have their own challenging experiences of housing, to the campaign.

You can use, or modify, the text below to invite people to take the action and engage with #EverybodysHome

Share Your Story

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

We know that more and more Australians every day are living in rental stress, paying more than they can afford in order to have a roof over their head. It’s become a ‘normal’ way of life for people right across the country to have to sacrifice essentials, such as food, medicines or heating – or even just to miss out on life’s little pleasures, like occasionally seeing a movie, or eating a meal out. It doesn’t have to be this way – there are solutions, things that our leaders can do to fix housing.

But our leaders need to put a face to the housing affordability issue. They need to hear it first-hand, from people like you, so that they understand how very serious the issue of housing affordability is in Australia – so that we can convince them that taking action to fix the problem should be their priority.

Will you share your story with the leaders of the major Parties now, to convince them all to fix the system, so that all Australians have a place to call home?

Tenders now open

Tenders are now open for service providers who wish to be involved in supporting rough sleepers who are to be housed in new modular homes on three sites across Victoria.

Minister for Housing, Martin Foley has announced 19 new modular homes at Bacchus Marsh, Norlane and Dandenong will be provided through the Towards Home program.

Towards Home is part of the $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan released in January this year. The new properties add to 30 temporary modular homes that have been placed on sites in Preston, Reservoir, Chadstone, Doveton and Brighton.

Tenders for service providers at the new locations are now open at

Tenders are also open for the Action Plan’s $19 million assertive outreach program, which will see teams established in seven high need areas across Victoria – including Geelong.

The assertive outreach teams will actively seek out and engage with people experiencing homelessness, to help them access emergency accommodation, health services and ongoing case management.


Greens announce public housing plan

The Victorian Greens have released their plan to solve Victoria’s public housing crisis, which includes a commitment to build 40,000 new public housing dwellings.

Their plan, A Home For All, states: ‘Every Victorian should have a place to call home. Yet more than 82,000 people are languishing on the public housing waiting list today. Our housing system is in crisis. The Greens will reverse years of neglect by increasing supply and building enough new dwellings to provide all those on the waiting list with a home.’

Key points are:

Build 40,000 new public housing dwellings including necessary refurbishment over the next six years, from 1 January 2019

  • Stop the sell-off of public housing estates and utilise inner-city public land for additional public housing development
  • Adopt innovative construction technologies such as pre-fabricated and modular housing, to ensure the new dwellings are built using high-quality materials and are cost-efficient, timely, sustainable and durable.
  • Provide for different funding mechanisms including existing revenue streams and utilising record low interest rates to borrow the funds needed to build homes for all in need.

The Greens have pledged to announcing policies that support the growth of the community housing sector in the lead up to the election.

Click here for details.