The Statutory Review of the Operation of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018 (the Review) was released on 28 October 2021. The Review assessed whether the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Act 2018 (NHFIC Act) is achieving its objectives and whether any amendments to the NHFIC Act should be considered. The Review made 25 recommendations to the Government, with a key recommendation that NHFIC be given an explicit mandate to ‘crowd in’ other financiers to catalyse the delivery of social and affordable housing on a greater scale.
The Government supports 21 of the Review recommendations in full or in principle. The Government’s response will enhance NHFIC’s ability to deliver improved housing outcomes across the spectrum. It builds on the success of the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator, which has become a vital financial intermediary between the social and affordable housing sector and private capital markets.
In line with the recommendations in the Review, the Government’s response will reposition NHFIC to leverage greater private sector involvement in the delivery of new social and affordable housing.
The Government’s response sets clear expectations for how NHFIC is to perform its statutory role and meet its objectives of improving housing outcomes for all Australians. With the strategic guidance of the NHFIC Board, this will ensure NHFIC builds upon its considerable early success.