The NSW Berejiklian government is advertising for seven new staff members to help with its promise to increase the supply of housing.
A director of housing delivery and six managers of housing delivery are now being sought.
The director will be responsible for “identifying and removing blockages to the supply and delivery of affordable housing, lead negotiation of commercial terms with developers and councils, and build strong relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders in order to influence and negotiate outcomes”.
The managers will assist the director with “the leadership, planning, coordination and delivery of housing affordability and strategic planning operations, with a focus on optimal performance delivery and program effectiveness to support the achievement of agency goals aligned to government objectives”.
The Urban Taskforce, which has been advocating for increased supply as the key strategy to improve housing affordability, welcomed the new positions, saying it was a good start to “tackling Sydney’s affordability crisis”.
“The Urban Taskforce have called for a NSW Commissioner for Housing Supply to unlock large housing projects caught in the NSW planning system so we are pleased to see these new roles being advertised,” chief executive Chris Johnson said.
He said the lobby group was concerned, however, that the positions may not have enough authority to impact across all government agencies.
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