Affordable Housing Agreements

Resources to support community housing, developers and local governments to build more affordable housing.

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This webpage aims to assist developers and councils to understand the community housing industry, and how to reap the benefits of partnering with our member organisations.

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The funding, delivery, and management of affordable housing is complex involving multiple players within different operating contexts.

There is a range of different legislative and regulatory frameworks, funding arrangements, corporate structures, economic influences and competitive environments impacting on agreements.

To assist the key stakeholders to better understand each other’s business models and operating constraints CHIA Vic has developed the following resources.

Affordable housing agreements (s173 agreements)

Local governments, community housing organisations and developers now have the ability to negotiate affordable housing outcomes as part of the planning approvals process, following the Victorian Government’s 2018 amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987. 

CHIA Vic and the Municipal Association of Victoria joined forces to create a suite of resources on how to develop s173 Affordable Housing Agreements. These resources are for the local government, community housing and development sectors, and are based on an enhanced understanding of the requirements of each of the sectors. The resources outline:

  • What constitutes affordable housing
  • The constraints, needs and strengths of the community housing and local government sectors
  • The practicalities of implementing the legislation
  • Options for brokering affordable housing outcomes
  • How local government and community housing can work together