The Collaboration Hub

Like many cities across Australia, Canberra’s community is growing and changing. People have different ideas for how they want to live whether it be in a free standing house, more compact living such as a townhouse or in an apartment. This all impacts on our city planning for the future.

The challenge is to get the balance right between enabling development to meet the demand for choice, whilst also providing for the right urban design outcomes to protect and enhance existing character and amenity in the established suburbs.

There are a range of trade off decisions to consider to successfully navigate these challenges. Canberra’s natural advantage is the years of careful city planning that has occurred over time. How we best achieve innovation is a key part of the planning. We feel this will be best done through participatory process that include members of the community who will be invited to work through a range of scenarios and trade-offs to assist with this planning.

The Housing Choices discussion paper launched in November 2017 began a conversation with the community. This conversation has focused on ‘What kind of city would you like to live in?’ and ‘Does the current housing supply meet your needs?’ A summary of key findings will be provided in the coming months.

What's Next?

The next step in the engagement – the Collaboration Hub – will be launching in May. This process will bring together up to 40 citizens, who over five in-depth meetings will consider and weigh up the demands, options, best practice and the desires of stakeholders to respond to the question - ‘Canberra is changing – and there are many different ways our housing needs can be met. What do we need to do?

The Collaboration Hub will explore issues such as what zoning should allow, what provisions and principles do Canberra’s agree as important to deliver the housing we want and plan for future needs.

Parallel to the Housing Choices engagement is the Demonstration Housing project. The timing of these two projects presents a valuable opportunity for the collaboration hub and demonstration housing to interact in a way that informs and complements both processes. The collaboration hub will play an important role in the assessment and selection of proposals by contributing to the development of criteria for the selection and assessment of demonstration housing proposals.

How can I get involved?

Invitations will be sent in the coming weeks to a random sample of approximately 15,000 residents. These will be sent to physical addresses so as to not discriminate between those who own or rent their property.

Members of the collaboration hub will be randomly selected. To ensure a representative sample, four stratification variables will be used – age, gender, household type (owner occupied or tenant) and geographic locality.

Recruitment and selection will be managed by newDemocracy Foundation and will be independent from Government. We will meet participants for the first time on the first day of meet and greet for the collaboration hub.

Housing Choices

How do we improve housing choice?

The Canberra community has always shown considerable interest and involvement in the planning of our city. Housing policies have again come to the fore, with considerable interest in housing choice and affordability.

To date, and consistent with the 2012 ACT Planning Strategy, housing choices policy has focused on encouraging a more compact city by focusing a balance of urban infill and city expansion, urban intensification in town centres, group centres and along the major public transport routes.

It is recognised there also needs to be greater choice in existing residential areas, with a focus on areas close to existing services, facilities, workplaces, educational institutions and alternative transport options.

The Housing Choices Discussion Paper provides a dedicated forum for conversations on housing choice and diversity to continue. The discussion paper seeks the community’s views on housing choice and the expansion of residential options.

The challenge is to get the balance right between enabling development to meet the demand for choice, whilst also achieving urban design principles to protect and enhance existing character and amenity in the established suburbs. The ACT Government values your input and wants to hear your ideas. Your feedback will inform any proposed updates to government policies and our planning framework.

Demonstration Housing

What is Demonstration Housing?

Expressions of interest NOW OPEN

The ACT Government is committed to the planning and delivery of housing that supports a vibrant, compact and sustainable city. It is important that Canberra, as the nation's capital, takes a national leadership role on housing design and delivery. Our city's growth and demographic changes highlight the need to take a closer look at how our current housing strategy responds to those changes.

Demonstration Housing Precincts provide an opportunity to showcase innovative housing design and delivery in real world examples, including:

  • infill compact housing
  • small houses
  • co-housing
  • mixed-tenure
  • design-led
  • long-term rental housing.

The Government is now seeking innovative development proposals that target a number of demonstration areas, including:

  • environmental performance
  • innovative design
  • innovative delivery or tenure
  • affordability.

The expression of interest (EOI) will be run in two stages. The first stage is currently open and aims to assess the market interest, capability and experience of suitably qualified and experienced applicants to provide proposals for Demonstration Housing Projects which meet some or all of the project objectives specified by the Legislative Assembly. Applicants may include architects, designers, planners, developers, community and social housing providers, builders, community organisations and individuals.

After assessing proposals received from the Stage 1 EOI, the Directorate will refine the requirements for the next stage of the process. Stage 1 EOI does not require detailed plans to be prepared. Proposals that already have a site, and those for which a site has not yet been identified will be accepted. The Stage 1 EOI should include the information required as outlined in the returnable schedules. A list of Territory owned sites which may be considered for sale to successful Applicants will be advised as part of the Stage 2 process. It is intended that Demonstration Housing Projects will be distributed across districts in the ACT.

A range of incentives for Demonstration Housing Projects will be considered by Government. Expressions of Interest must identify any particular assistance that would be required from Government to ensure project viability. This could include exemptions from specific Territory Plan controls, identification of appropriate sites, or assistance with industry expertise and project coordination.

Expressions of interest for stage one close 17 May 2018. Please visit our website to download the relevant documents.