Inclusionary Housing Pilot on Surplus Government Land
The Victorian Government is committed to better meeting the housing needs of Victorians by utilising surplus government land with good access to jobs and transport for the purposes of much need housing.
As part of the Government’s housing strategy, Homes for Victorians, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is undertaking an Inclusionary Housing Pilot (Pilot) on six surplus government land parcels. The Pilot will deliver a mix of social, affordable and market housing.
Delivering a Mix of Social, Affordable & Market Housing
The Pilot will provide a minimum of 100 new social housing homes which will be delivered in partnership with a Registered Housing Agency (Community Housing). The Pilot does not include requirements for social housing that is provided by or on behalf of the Government (Public Housing).
The Pilot also encourages the provision of affordable housing on each of the sites but does not set a minimum requirement. The remaining dwellings on each site can be made available to the private market.
The six sites will be developed in close consultation with government departments and agencies as well as the relevant local councils.
Expression of Interest (EOI)
Proposals for the development and sale of all six sites were sought through an EOI process. The invitation to participate in the EOI was released via Tenders VIC on 8 August 2018 and closed 13 September 2018.
The shortlisted bidders were announced in October 2018.
The successful bidders are the Barnett Foundation and Metricon.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Pilot will be conducted over five key phases:
Phase one has been completed – Six suitable surplus government sites were identified as appropriate for inclusion in the Pilot and divided into Tranche One and Tranche Two.
Phase two has been completed – New planning controls were introduced for four of the six sites; Wodonga, Boronia, Broadmeadows and Parkville (Tranche 1). These controls were reviewed for each of the sites through the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee process and were introduced on 5 July 2018.
Phase three has been completed – Bidders were invited to participate in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the sale and development of all six sites. Submissions have been evaluated and a short-list of bidders were announced.
Phase four has been completed – The selected bidders will now seek planning approval from the Minister for Planning for the Tranche 1 sites before construction can commence.
Phase five will commence in late 2021 – The contract negotiations have concluded and the developers are the Barnett Foundation for the Parkville site and Metricon for the other five sites. This will introduce new planning controls for the final two of the six sites - Reservoir and Noble Park (Tranche 2). These two sites will also be reviewed through the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee process.
- 2-16 Nicholas Street, Broadmeadows (DOCX, 331.2 KB) or (PDF, 186.4 KB)
- 30 Jarrah Street - 41 Pearce Street, Wodonga (DOCX, 351.5 KB) or (PDF, 206.7 KB)
- 40 Mount View Road Boronia (DOCX, 340.5 KB) or (PDF, 196.1 KB)
- 87-103 Manningham Street Parkville (DOCX, 340.5 KB) or (PDF, 196.3 KB)
DELWP received a very positive response to the invitation to participate in the EOI. Bidders embraced the opportunity to provide an inclusive mix of social, affordable and market housing. Submissions were innovative with high-quality design and amenity solutions proposed.
DELWP short-listed seven bidders based on capability, capacity and approach to the Inclusionary Housing Pilot.
These bidders proceeded to the negotiation phase to define their respective approaches to social housing models, as well as outlining the structure of their partnerships with registered community housing providers. Bidder’s also put forward their proposals for development of the site through detailed concept plans which included density and dwelling mix, program timelines and their financial offers for the subject sites.
The selected bidders will now seek planning approval for Tranche 1 sites before construction can commence.
Both Tranche One and Tranche Two were presented to the market at the same time through the EOI process. In Tranche One, the first four sites were presented to the market having already undergone an Advisory Committee process which established new planning controls.
In Tranche Two DELWP, in partnership with the successful bidder(s) will have the preferred design reviewed by the Advisory Committee at the same time as consideration of the proposed planning controls.
As a pilot, this dual approach is part of how DELWP will test and better understand the different ways social and affordable housing can be undertaken to achieve desirable outcomes.
The Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) was amended on 1 June 2018 to include the facilitation of affordable housing as a core objective of the Act, in addition to the introduction of a clear definition of affordable housing.
The amendment to the Planning and Environment Act also classified social housing as a form of affordable housing.
Affordable Housing is various forms of housing solutions that can include Social Housing, but also includes other housing initiatives and or support services that provide for the housing needs of very low-income households, low-income households and moderate-income households.
Social Housing is a combination of both Public Housing and Community Housing (as per the Housing Act 1983).
Public Housing is non-profit housing that is delivered on behalf of the Government and or the relevant department (as per the Housing Act 1983).
Community Housing is housing that is owned, controlled and or managed by a registered community housing provider.
All Social Housing provided through the Pilot is categorised as Community Housing.
The following list depicts in alphabetical order the bidders who entered the negotiation phase of the Expression of Interest (EOI) process:
|Defence Housing Australia|
|Lendlease Retirement Living|
|The Barnett Foundation|
If you have questions please get in touch via the contact details below.
- General enquiries:
Inclusionary Housing Pilot
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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Page last updated: 29/09/21