October 2012

Renters miss out again! — in Reserve Bank interest cuts

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00October 2nd, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 3 October 2012

National housing peak National Shelter says the greatest housing stress is experienced by renters who will not directly benefit from interest rate cuts.

Announcing its lowest cash rate since 2009, the Reserve Bank of Australia yesterday cut its interest rate by 0.25 per cent to 3.25 per cent.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that while first-home buyers and investors can breathe a sigh of relief, many renters will continue living in housing stress.

‘We welcome

August 2012

Report proves we need more affordable housing

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00August 13th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release —14 August 2012

National Shelter is concerned but not surprised at the latest ACOSS community sector survey report findings, and calls for more investment in affordable housing in response.

The report, released today, shows that what disadvantaged and low income Australians need most is housing:

  • Nearly 3 in 5 respondents listed housing among ‘high need' services of clients.
  • 81% say they cannot meet demand for their services.
  • 63% of respondents said waiting times for their service have increased.
  • There were 303,713 instances

May 2012

National Shelter backs call for housing supply bonds

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00May 31st, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 31 May 2012

National Shelter, the peak council for affordable housing policy, has backed calls for an Affordable Housing Bond to galvanise institutional investment.

According to National Shelter, an instrument to secure investments is the missing link in the affordable housing picture.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, supports the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) assessment of $7 billion annual investment required:

‘Despite heroic government investment recently, we are still losing social housing market share and governments

April 2012

Housing stays in Cabinet where it belongs

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00April 10th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release  — 2 March 2012  

Housing Peak National Shelter would like to welcome the Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP as the new Minister for Small Business and the Minister for Housing and Homelessness.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, welcomed the retention of a minister for housing in the Cabinet.

‘We are pleased that Housing and Homelessness has been retained in Cabinet as the issues require a high level government focus.’

‘It is encouraging to see that National Shelter’s long-held position, which

Julia’s reshuffle: keep housing minister in the Cabinet

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00April 9th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|


National Shelter media release — 28 February 2012 

Housing peak National Shelter urges Prime Minister Gillard to maintain a Cabinet minister with responsibility for all housing programs.

Last December, National Shelter welcomed the decision to appoint Robert McClelland, MP, as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness within the Cabinet.

However on the eve of a potential reshuffle, National Shelter stresses that the title of Housing Minister needs to stay in Cabinet — whoever takes on the portfolio.  

Chairperson

Changes in ministry: housing in Cabinet where it belongs

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00April 8th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 9 December 2011

Housing peak National Shelter would like to welcome the Honourable Robert McClelland, MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness within Cabinet.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, is pleased to see the Labor government take a front foot with housing in Cabinet.

‘It is encouraging to see that National Shelter’s long-held position, which is that housing belongs in the Cabinet, is being acted on by the federal government.’

National Shelter would also like to

The greatest poverty of all

2019-01-24T13:42:35+00:00April 5th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 17 October 2011

In light of Anti-Poverty Week, National Shelter is stressing investment in affordable housing is key to relieving poverty in Australia.

One in 10 Australian households is currently experiencing housing stress and, on any given night, over 105,000 people in Australia are homeless.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said that while Anti-Poverty Week focuses on a range of service areas, affordable housing needs to be a priority.

‘House prices and rents have risen well above inflation.

Regional affordable housing funding: what a relief!

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00April 4th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|


National Shelter media release — 12 October 2011

Housing peak National Shelter welcomes the affordable housing grants now available under the federal government’s Building Better Regional Cities program.

Local councils in 47 regional centres across Australia can now apply for federal funding (a total of $100 million) to support more affordable housing in their communities.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said the program is definitely moving in the right direction to relieving the housing pressures in regional areas.

‘Australia’s regional areas are struggling

Put a brake on the breaks: tax distortions are a structural barrier to affordable housing

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00April 3rd, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|


National Shelter media release — 4 October 2011

The property tax breaks featured in the most recent Australian Tax Office figures work against Australian households that need affordable housing.

National Shelter believes the $30 billion claimed by investors represents a structural problem which could be addressed at the tax forum in Canberra over the next two days.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, who will be attending the forum, says despite the massive tax breaks the market fails to produce sufficient affordable

Housing peak welcomes round 4 of National Rental Affordability Scheme

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00April 2nd, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 4 October 2011

 

National Shelter is pleased to hear the Gillard government has announced round 4 of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

The round includes delivery on over 200 projects to build more than 17,000 properties for low- to moderate-income households to rent below market rate.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said the Gillard Government has shown foresight in allocating NRAS contributions in forward spending.

‘It is critical that government invest in long-term solutions like NRAS to