Increasing social housing supply

QBuild is helping to deliver more social homes across the state for the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy through a new coordinated program of capital investment.

Through the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy’s QuickStarts Qld initiative, 2,765 new homes will commence across Queensland to enhance the state’s social housing portfolio over the next 4 years.

QuickStarts Qld is part of the Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative delivered through the Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021-2025 (PDF, 3466.73 KB). Through the Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative, we have the framework to boost housing supply. This includes a strategic cross-government response that will look to planning and economic development opportunities and access to underutilised government-owned land.

The initiative provides the opportunity for partnerships with builders, community housing providers and other groups to increase the supply of social housing and encourages locally-based responses to housing need.

It is backed by a total 4-year investment of $1.813 billion to commence 6,365 social homes, create jobs and benefit trades.

The Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative includes:

  • establishing the Housing Investment Fund, a dedicated investment to support the partnered delivery of projects to increase social and affordable housing supply
  • accelerating projects through the QuickStarts Qld capital investment program across Queensland to bring forward planned construction, refurbishment, and maintenance expenditure
  • sourcing headleased homes through Help to Home , a priority property sourcing approach to the private market, responding to emergent housing need.

Since the launch of The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027, 2,480 new social housing homes have commenced which will support more than, 2,200 construction sector full time equivalent jobs with almost 10,000 new homes set to commence over the 10-year life of the strategy.

Builders and trades should register with QTenders to see contract opportunities as they are released.