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Housing Act 2003 – 24 March 2016

Housing Regulation 2015 – 1 September 2015

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The government is responsible for using the Queensland Housing Fund and portfolio property in ways that best achieve the objects of this Act. The ways that the government may use the fund or property include: providing public housing; providing grants, loans, land or other assistance to: (i) individuals in need of housing services; and (ii) entities providing housing services; and (iii) entities providing housing for their employees or contractors (among other uses set out in section 11 of the Act). For the definition of ‘housing service’ and ‘public housing’, refer to section 8 of the Act. For the definition of ‘portfolio property’, refer to Schedule 4 of the Act.

  • Sections 7, 8, 10, 11, Schedule 4

The government may give funding to deliver a social housing service only to: (a) a registered provider; or (b) an exempt provider. The purpose of funding an entity is to enable it to provide housing services in ways that best achieve the objects of this Act – see section 24 of this Act. Note: Funding may be subject to a funding agreement pursuant to section 25 of the Act. For the definition of ‘social housing service’, refer to section 8 of the Act. For the definitions of ‘registered provider’ and ‘exempt provider’ and the associated definitions of ‘national provider’ and ‘state provider’, refer to Schedule 4 of the Act.

  • Sections 7, 8, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 33, 34, Schedule 4; Regulations 5, 38

An entity providing or intending to provide a community housing service may apply to the government in the approved form for registration on the national register of national entities providing community housing services or the state register of local governments and prescribed state providers providing community housing services pursuant to section 37B of the Act. Note: The application criteria is set out in section 37C of the Act. Once an application is approved, the entity now registered must comply with the national regulatory code set out in Schedule 1 of the Act and the conditions set out in Schedule 2 of the Act (and depending on the entity, the conditions in Schedule 3 of the Act). For the definition of ‘community housing service’, refer to section 8 of the Act.

  • Sections 8, 37, 37B, 37C, 37D, 37E, Schedules 1, 2, 3

The government may, by publishing a notice in a newspaper circulating throughout the State, declare 1 or more standard interest rates for owner-occupied home loans made under this Act. Note: A declared interest rate applies to a loan if the rate is stated to apply under this Act or under an agreement between the parties to the loan.

  • Sections 92, 94; Regulation 35

The purposes of this Act are purposes for which land may be taken under the Acquisition of Land Act 1967.

  • Section 98
Reason for law

To improve the access of Queenslanders to safe, secure, appropriate and affordable housing; and to help build sustainable communities. (Section 4)

Relevant links

Homes and Housing [Queensland Government]

Contact a Housing Service Centre

Department of Housing and Public Works
Forms and templates
List of registered legal entities

Office of the Registrar [Department of Housing and Public Works]

National Regulatory System Community Housing
National Provider Register

Q Shelter

Community Housing Industry Association

Queensland Contracts Directory [Department of Housing and Public Works]

Qld Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service (QSTARS)

Media article

SBS Article on Housing Affordability [01.07.2016]

How the housing boom is remaking Australia’s social class structure

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