April 2019

Federal Budget 2019 Media Release – 5 Bucks a Week Won’t Dent the Rent

2019-04-03T09:31:39+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Media Releases|

Adrian Pisarski National Shelter Spokesperson says,

‘The tax cuts offered by the government may add $5.00 to the budgets of people on incomes up to $708 per week. But $5 a week won’t dent the rent. Even $20 a week for incomes of $919 per week doesn’t help that much against often rising rents of $400 or $500 a week that many on those incomes face.’

The central themes of budget 2019 are tax cuts and infrastructure. Tax cuts don’t help

July 2017

Submission to PC Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services:

2019-01-29T14:38:04+00:00July 30th, 2017|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

In our response to the draft Productivity Commission's Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services Draft Report, National Shelter reflects the premise that social housing is broken, and argues for a systemic approach to reform taking in the whole of the Australian housing system including the growing private rental segment and changing patterns of home purchase and retention.

Web National Shelter Productivity Commission Review Submission

 

May 2017

May 2017 release of Rental Affordability Index – pensioners and working parents being priced out of rental

2019-01-24T14:40:30+00:00May 16th, 2017|Housing Supply, News, News|

Pensioners and working parents have been priced out of the rental market in all metropolitan areas across Australia, according to the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on 17 May 2017. Rental affordability dropped over the last quarter in all metropolitan areas, except Perth.

“The latest Rental Affordability Index is a wake up call - without swift coordinated action to tackle housing affordability, Australia will become a divided country, with pensioners, working parents and other low income groups locked out of

November 2015

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

2019-01-29T14:39:02+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

Media Release: 24 November 2015

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

National Shelter, Community Sector Bank and SGS Economics and Planning have partnered to launch Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index.

The Index reveals the depth and extremity of housing stress faced by renters in the current market. Both low income and moderate income households suffer poverty due to high rental costs.

Housing stress occurs when households pay 30% of income or more on rent. Low income households are required to pay around 65% of

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

2019-01-29T14:34:23+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

National Shelter, Community Sector Bank and SGS Economics and Planning have partnered to launch Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index.

The Index reveals the depth and extremity of housing stress faced by renters in the current market. Both low income and moderate income households suffer poverty due to high rental costs.

Housing stress occurs when households pay 30% of income or more on rent. Low income households are required to pay around 65% of income on rent to access a tenancy. This means

New Rental Affordability Index shows dire picture for Australian households

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

 

Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index reveals the depth and extremity of housing stress faced by renters in the current market. Both low income and moderate income households suffer poverty due to high rental costs. 

Housing stress occurs when households pay 30% of income or more on rent. Low income households are required to pay around 65% of income on rent to access a tenancy. This means that rents are extremely unaffordable. 

The Rental Affordability Index has been created by National Shelter,

September 2015

Mini summit must tackle housing affordability

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00September 30th, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Media Release 1 October 2015

 

Peak body National Shelter calls on the mini summit to tackle housing affordability including putting reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions, previously ruled out, back on the table.

Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski said “If Prime Minister Turnbull’s mini summit is intent on addressing reform then changing tax settings to reduce house price inflation must be among the issues to be addressed.”

We currently have a tax system which inflates the market by pitting investors against

August 2015

National Shelter submission to the Reform of the Federations Discussion Paper

2019-01-29T14:35:55+00:00August 6th, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

Australia faces a number of significant housing issues, including an unacceptable level of homelessness, high levels of housing stress amongst low income householdsand especially renters, and declining affordability of home purchase in major cities.

These various issues are closely interlinked and require coordinated intervention on a number of levels. Current government efforts are fragmented, split between various agencies at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels. This Submission to the Reform of the Federation White Paper Taskforce fragmentation is a greater issue than overlap or duplication, and

Capital gains tax discounts undermine affordability and must be reformed

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00August 6th, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

MEDIA RELEASE  

for immediate release 5 August 2015

 

Case for tax reform on housing grows 

Affordable housing peak body National Shelter has renewed its call for tax reform on housing, citing figures released by Greens leaders today.
 
Figures prepared for the Greens by the Parliamentary Budget Office show potential revenue savings of between $74b and $127b over ten years by reforming Capital Gains Tax Discounts introduced in 1999.
 
National Shelter has argued that the discounts, introduced by the Howard government,

June 2015

Tax reform essential for housing affordability

2019-01-29T14:31:04+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

National Shelter believes that Australia’s Future Tax System Review must form the starting point for further discussion of tax reform around housing and land dealings in order to tackle housing affordability.

There are currently a range of tax settings which distort the behaviour of home owners and investors in the Australian system which need to be addressed. These distortions encourage over-investment in large, more expensive properties for owner occupiers and to the upper end of the market for investors in rental properties. They create inflationary pressure