Housing Diversity Strategy

The housing challenge is one faced by Hume and suburbs across Melbourne. As our population grows, demand is created not only for more housing, but greater diversity in housing options.

When we prepared our community strategy, Hume Horizons 2040, the community told us they wanted to manage this population growth and facilitate more housing choice. Currently, 39% of our households comprise of only one or two people but only 10% of our homes have 1 and 2 bedrooms. The rest are 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes. This means that if these smaller households want to live in our municipality and in their community, they often have no choice but to live in a larger home even if they don’t need one or want one.

Council is committed to ensuring that Hume is a place with a home for everyone. A draft Housing Diversity Strategy has been prepared to provide solutions to our community’s housing needs now and into the future. It sets out a plan to create greater housing diversity and direct new housing to the most appropriate locations.

Council endorsed the draft Housing Diversity Strategy for community consultation at its meeting on 12 August 2019.  The draft Strategy was available for community review and feedback throughout 2 September to 15 October 2019.  Thank you to all those who reviewed the Strategy; spoke to Council officers at community events in Shopping Centres and at public meetings; completed a survey; or made a submission.

 What are the next steps? 

Council is currently reviewing all submissions which will be considered as the final strategy is prepared for Council to consider for formal adoption early in 2020.  Submitters will be informed when a final strategy is being considered for adoption by Council.  If you’d like to receive updates on the release of the Housing Diversity Strategy, please register your details here.

 How can I find out more? 

A summary of the draft Housing Diversity Strategy is available in the Fact Sheet or use the online interactive property search tool.


Note: Every care has been taken to ensure the information provided by the draft Housing Diversity interactive tool is correct. However, Hume City Council does not accept any liability to any person or organisation for the information it provides. 

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Key Dates
 Draft Housing Diversity Strategy
12 Aug 2019


Community consultation
Submissions closed Tues 15 Oct 2019.
Updated Draft Housing Diversity Strategy (2020)