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

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

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

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

New Rental Affordability Index shows dire picture for Australian households

 

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,

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

Mini summit must tackle housing affordability

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

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

Capital gains tax discounts undermine affordability and must be reformed

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,

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

Tax reform essential for housing affordability

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

2019-05-21T13:35:25+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Submissions, Submissions|

National Shelter Submission to ALP Discussion Paper on Housing

National Shelter welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Australian Labor Party Discussion Paper on Housing Affordability. Our submission is based upon National Shelter’s role as Australia’s peak housing advocacy organisation, our Policy Platform, Meeting Australia’s Housing Challenges, developed over a number of years in consultation with our members across the country, as well as more recent consultations National Shelter conducted around the National Affordable Housing Agreement.

National Shelter has worked closely with Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Homelessness Australia, the National Association for

Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Housing and homelessness peak bodies out in the cold at Christmas: and a very poor new year to follow for anyone struggling to house themselves

It’s not going to be a good Christmas for housing and homelessness peak bodies including the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA), Homelessness Australia and National Shelter.

All three of these peak bodies received news at the beginning of this Christmas week that they would not be funded beyond 30 June 2015. 

But this news

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Time to commit to action on housing affordability

22 August 2013

The peak housing advocacy organisation for low income Australians, National Shelter, today expressed deep concern that neither major party has addressed the greatest cause of financial hardship for very many Australian households – the lack of affordable housing.

“We are half way through the election campaign, and despite repeated calls across the community, neither Labor nor the Coalition have offered any direct affordable housing policies”, said National Shelter Chair, Adam Farrar.“There have been two leaders’ debates; but a deafening

2019-01-24T13:42:35+00:00August 28th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Housing Supply Council puts spotlight on lack of housing supply

In a report released on 1 March 2013, the National Housing Supply Council has highlighted the impact of the shortage of low-cost housing on the more vulnerable in our population: households that are dependent on government incomes, households living at the lower end of the private rental market, and would-be homepurchasers with low and insecure incomes. The council stated:

A sustained shortfall in housing production relative to population growth (the main component of additional underlying demand) ‘trickles down’ through the distribution

2019-01-24T14:40:31+00:00March 5th, 2013|Housing Supply, News, News|