Affordable Housing Policy

Council’s Affordable Housing Policy has been updated in response to feedback from public consultation received during July and August 2023.

Key changes included:

  • Lowering the threshold at which Council will seek an Affordable Housing contribution on residential re-zonings (all) and residential developments (10+ dwellings).
  • Highlighting the Hobsons Bay Affordable Housing Trust as Council’s preferred method for delivering Affordable Housing contributions negotiated through the planning system.
  • Adding a new commitment to advocate for better housing outcomes for at risk residents, including better access to housing and homelessness support services and appropriate renewal of public housing estates.

A big thanks to everyone who provided input to this project!

The policy was adopted by Council on 14 November 2023.

What we heard!

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We encourage you to read the community consultation report.

Increasing the supply of Affordable Housing

Have your say on Council’s Draft Affordable Housing Policy Statement from 17 July to 28 August 2023

Affordable Housing in Hobsons Bay

Updating Council’s Policy Statement

A Draft Affordable Housing Policy Statement has been developed to guide Council’s ongoing efforts to increase the supply of Affordable Housing in Hobsons Bay. It updates Council’s Affordable Housing Policy Statement 2016.

We are now seeking your input on Council’s Draft Affordable Housing Policy Statement. You can share your feedback by completing our survey or making a more detailed written submission. Your responses will help shape the final draft, which will be considered for adoption by Council.


Hobsons Bay City Council has been proactive with regards to affordable housing since the adoption of the Affordable Housing Policy and Strategy in 2002. Affordable housing is defined in the Planning and Environment Act 1987 as “housing, including social housing, that is appropriate for the housing needs of very low-, low- and moderate-income households”.

To address a shortfall of Affordable Housing, Council will continue to prioritise advocacy and securing affordable housing contributions via the planning system. It will also support the growth of the Hobsons Bay Affordable Housing Trust and work to identify opportunities for more housing on government-owned land.