- On 16 December 2010 the minister released the issues paper, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia. The launch started a public consultation process, with the minister calling for all Australians to contribute their views on how to manage our changing population.
- The department received 380 submissions from individuals; state governments and their agencies; environmental, social and population non-government organisations; industry associations and businesses; academics; local governments, and regional and community groups. These submissions raised a range of views about our changing population and the environmental, social and economic needs that can determine future wellbeing.
- The minister also held six roundtables, bringing together key organisations and groups to discuss major viewpoints in thesustainable population debate.
A public consultation process was undertaken to enable the government to understand the diverse views on Australia’s population changes and their impacts.
- This consultation informed Australia’s sustainable population strategy Sustainable Australia—Sustainable Communities: A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia, which the minister released on 13 May 2011.
- At 30 June 2011 the National Rental Affordability Scheme had supported the delivery of 3 877 affordable rental dwellings, and around 19 000 scheduled for delivery by 30 June 2014.
- The first 749 reduced price lots/dwellings have been sold as a result of Housing Affordability Fund projects.
- The Building Better Regional Cities draft program guidelines were completed, and detailed consultation undertaken with key stakeholders.
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