Housing

Housing and other help for people in need

Affordable housing is difficult to find, but there are services that can help.  To find the right service for you, refer to the "Mornington Peninsula Housing Services Guide".

For online, Victoria-wide information about housing and other services for those people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, download the Ask Izzy app for your phone. 

For urgent, out of hours, help with housing there is a 24 hour telephone line 1800 825 955 (free) that connects to the Salvation Army Crisis service. 

The "Mornington Peninsula Food and Other Help" booklet is useful for people who may have other problems. It shows where you can get assistance with food, groceries, transport, money management, wifi, computers, legal advice and other matters.

There are also community support and information centres located at Mornington, Hastings and Rosebud that can provide a range of support, referral and emergency relief services. 

Downloads and links:

Mornington Peninsula Housing Services Guide (PDF, 263KB)
Mornington Peninsula Food and other help booklet(PDF, 385KB)

Ask Izzy - The A to Z Directory of Homelessness Help
State Government website for help with housing decisions

Mornington Peninsula Child and Youth Directory
Register of rooming houses

Mornington Community Information and Support Centre
Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre
Western Port Community Support

 

Help with housing decisions

For people who need assistance to find a new home, the Mornington Peninsula Housing Services Guide is a great place to start.  It explains who to contact and what you should expect.

You might also wish to visit the State Government website that gives people help with housing decisions

For more information, please contact the Shire's Housing Justice and Advocacy Officer - telephone 5950 1099.   

Downloads and links:

State Government website for help with housing decisions
Mornington Peninsula Housing Services Guide (PDF, 263KB)

 

Help for young people

These links and downloads contain information on housing and support services for young people including: accommodation, mental health support, legal advice, sharing a house and more.

Downloads and links:  

Mornington Peninsula Child and Youth Directory
Youth Services - Council support services for youth
State Government youth central website
Share housing

Buying a home

If you are searching for a new home, the following information could be useful.  It might keep you safer, save you money with smaller bills or help you find a home that is adaptable to your changing needs. 

Downloads and links:  

Buying a home - Find out what to expect and check.
Consumer Affairs Victoria - Your rights and responsibilities, how to resolve disputes, what to check and where to find help.
Livable and adaptable housing - Design a home that can adapt to your changing needs.
Find the nearest bus stop/train station - Think about how you would get around without a car.
Home safety - Think about keeping yourself safe with fire prevention, smoke alarms and house numbering.

Building or extending a home

If you are planning to build a new home or extend your existing home, the following information could be useful.  It might save you time and money and help you make decisions that will improve the character of your neighbourhood.  It could also help you age in place and make your home more adaptable as your household changes.   

Consumer Affairs Victoria - Your rights and responsibilities, how to resolve disputes, what to check and where to find help.
Livable and adaptable housing - Design a home that can adapt to your changing needs.
4 Step Context Analysis Guide(PDF, 3MB) - Design a home that fits the character of the area.
Building Fact Files - Information about building permit processes.
Planning Fact Files - Information about planning permit processes and what is allowed.
Home safety - Think about keeping yourself safe with fire prevention, smoke alarms and house numbering.

Renting a home

If you are searching for a new home, dealing with a landlord or wanting to make your home safer the following information could be useful.  It might help you resolve disputes, keep you safer, save you money with smaller bills and help you age in place. 

Downloads and links:  

Home safety - Think about keeping yourself safe with fire prevention, smoke alarms and house numbering.
State Government website for help with housing decisions
Find the nearest bus stop/train station - Think about how you would get around without a car.
Consumer Affairs Victoria - Information about rights and responsibilities, how to resolve disputes and where to find help.

Rooming house developers and operators

If you are proposing to establish a rooming house and wish to investigate what is involved you might find the following links are useful.

Downloads and links:  

Rooming House Policy(PDF, 86KB) - Rooming houses, depending upon their nature, may require separate building, planning and health approvals.
Consumer Affairs Victoria - Information about rights and responsibilities, how to resolve disputes and where to find help.
Registered Accommodation Association of Victoria - A peak body for privately owned and operated rooming houses that promotes best practice, including guidelines sponsored by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Register of rooming houses

For more information, please contact the Shire's Housing Justice and Advocacy Officer - telephone 5950 1099.

Housing data and research

The census is the most accurate source of data about housing that drills down from the national to local level - the 2016 census data will be released in stages with the first stage expected in April 2017.  Other data about the state of the housing market, public housing waiting lists and the level of housing assistance provided by housing support services is also available on a more frequent basis.

Downloads and links:

Mornington Peninsula - ABS census data.
Department of Health and Human Services - state of the housing rental market and public housing waiting lists.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - national data on specialist homelessness services.
Department of Land, Water and Planning - housing land data.
Victorian Building Authority - building permit data.
Community Information and Support Victoria - the annual report showing emergency relief services.
Council of Homeless Persons - research and data on homelessness
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

Addressing housing stress 

The Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful place to live however people can face stress in meeting housing costs, whether they are renting or buying.  Sometimes this unfortunately results in homelessness or people being forced out of their communities to find shelter elsewhere.

Housing stress on the Mornington Peninsula is indicated by:

  • The number of homeless people - 277 at the 2011 census 
  • A relatively small private rental market – 17.7% compared to 23% in Greater Melbourne (2011 Census).
  • Declining affordability in the private rental market, partly due to increased competition for limited properties. 
  • Insufficient social housing (including public housing) – 2% compared to the Melbourne average of 3%.
  • A lack of temporary crisis accommodation .

Council is advocating for major action by the Federal and State Governments to improve the assistance that is currently available.

Housing stress on the Peninsula can also be lowered in many ways and your action to help with just one situation will make a big difference to those persons currently experiencing housing stress.  Please consider a few things that you could do to help (see links below):

  • Put a second dwelling or bungalow on your property (check with Council about whether this is possible in your area).
  • Share your home with another person.
  • Rent out your holiday home rather than leave it vacant.
  • Offer your property to a housing provider for temporary crisis accommodation.
  • Volunteer your services.
  • Make a donation to provide material aid for people at risk of homelessness.
  • Make a donation to a housing support service. 
  • Make a donation or bequest to a non-profit housing provider. 

For more information, please contact the Shire's Housing Justice and Advocacy Officer - telephone 5950 1099.

Links for donation and volunteer opportunities:

Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre
Western Port Community Support
Mornington Community Support and Information Centre
Backpacks for Beds 
Salvation Army
Fusion Australia
Plastic bag sleeping mats for the homeless
Anglicare
Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service Inc
WAYSS
Peninsula Health
Mentisassist
Frankston Peninsula Carers Inc
Community Lifestyle Accommodation Ltd
Women's Housing Limited
St Vincent de Paul
Royal District Nursing Service
General information about volunteering

Housing policy

The MPS Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 recognises that appropriate, affordable and secure housing provides a basis for life stability, while the (draft revised) Strategic Plan 2013-17 commits to facilitate good housing outcomes for all.

Council's Triple A Housing Policy was developed in 2002 in response to a growing awareness of housing related disadvantage in the community. It triggered other work on homelessness (Speaking Home Truths, 2008) and caravan parks (See-change, 2004).  Council later adopted the Social and Affordable Housing Policy in 2011 as a more targeted response, advocating to State and Federal governments and promoting social planning criteria and incentives to boost the supply of well-planned social and affordable housing. 

Council has also sought to balance its regulatory and social responsibilities through the Rooming House Policy to support operators to meet legislated criteria and promote positive outcomes for residents.

Downloads and links:

Federal Government Smart Cities Plan
Federal Government Housing support
State Government Strategy for Growth - Affordable housing
State Government Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing

Mornington Peninsula Council:

Triple A Housing Policy(PDF, 1MB)
Social and Affordable Housing Policy(PDF, 44KB)
Social and Affordable Housing Action Plan(PDF, 62KB)
Rooming House Policy(PDF, 86KB)
Housing Developments for Older People Good Practice Guide.pdf(PDF, 164KB)
Housing Developments Older People Policy.pdf(PDF, 104KB)
Speaking Home Truths - Homeless on the Mornington Peninsula 2008.pdf(PDF, 1MB)
Homelessness Policy and Action Plan.pdf(PDF, 348KB)
See-Change - caravan park living.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Housing comes in a variety of forms including single detached dwellings, units, apartments, aged care facilities, retirement villages, residential villages, caravan parks, rooming houses and supported residential services. As maybe expected there is a range of applicable legislation and from time to time it is under review. 

For details about current legislative and policy reviews direct reference should be made to the relevant State Government websites.

Review

Status

STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING Inquiry into the Owners Corporations Amendment (Short-Stay Accommodation) Bill 2016

The Second Reading of the Bill is deferred until the Committee has made its report. It is due to report on 11 May 2017.

Review of Residential Tenancies Act

Undergoing a comprehensive review and due for completion in 2018. See more detail under the State's Fairer Safer Housing initiative.

The Legal and Social Issues Committee of Parliament Inquiry into Retirement Housing

Due to report by 1 March 2017.

Victoria 30 year Infrastructure Strategy

Presented to Victoria by Infrastructure Victoria on 8 December 2016 and awaiting the Government’s response.

Supported Residential Services Review

Consultation complete and awaiting a final Government decision.

Plan Melbourne Refresh, metropolitan strategy

Consultation complete and awaiting a final Government decision.

The following links are not exhaustive.

Links:

Reviews
Fairer Safer Housing
Victoria's 30 year Infrastructure Strategy
Inquiry into Retirement Housing

Plan Melbourne Refresh

Key legislation
Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and regulations
Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 2010
Residential Tenancies (Rooming House Standards) Regulations 2012
Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008  
Retirement Villages Act 1986
Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010
Planning and Environment Act 1987 - controls the Victoria Planning Provisions and Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme
Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations

Housing advocacy

The Triple A Housing Committee was formed to link the Council, community and other levels of government and to oversee the Triple A Housing policy objectives, share information and provide advocacy to improve housing outcomes for the community.

It is supported in this work by the Peninsula Housing Network which is a forum for front line workers from all agencies to network and coordinate their actions with regard to identify housing needs and initiating local responses. 

Affordability and security of housing for older people is a critical issue on the Peninsula, and advocacy in this matter is also supported by the Positive Ageing Strategy and the Triple A Committee's collaborative work with the Peninsula Advisory Committee of Elders (PACE).

Housing advocacy work is also undertaken by a number of community groups. Notable among these for being directly representative is the Peninsula Residential Parks and Villages Group, formed in 2013 with the support of the Council, to represent and advocate on behalf of the over 900 permanent residents (many of them elderly) estimated to be living in residential parks and villages.