Housing is important for all Victorians. Without access to affordable and secure housing, people are exposed to increased risk of homelessness, mental illness and an inability to meet living costs.
Public housing is an important means of assisting those in greatest need of affordable and secure housing. It includes 64 663 dwellings owned and/or managed by government, and is used to provide long-term subsidised rental accommodation to low-income, disadvantaged households.
In this audit, we assessed whether the development of the whole-of-Victorian Government housing strategy, as it relates to public housing, was supported by sound advice. We also assessed whether the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is managing its public housing portfolio effectively. In addressing this objective, we followed up on recommendations from our last public housing performance audit in 2012, Access to Public Housing.
We make four recommendations for DHHS, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Treasury and Finance. We make two further recommendations for DHHS.