Launch of national housing priorities calls for national housing strategy

National Shelter media release — 30 October 2012

On the eve of the National Housing Conference, National Shelter calls on the federal government to develop a National Housing Strategy.

This is based on the release of National Shelter’s 2012 housing priorities publication, ‘Meeting housing challenges’, today at the National Shelter Council Meeting.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, says the publication showcases just how overdue a housing strategy is.

‘More than one in 10 Australian households will experience

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00October 30th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

TAAS services saved by federal minister

National Shelter media release — 3 October 2012

National Shelter congratulates the federal government for providing 3.3 million dollars to enable the Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service to continue in Queensland.

In a statement today the Gillard Government announced they will provide emergency funding for the Queensland TAAS until June 2013.

The tenants’ services would otherwise have closed this month, after their funding had been cut by the state government in July.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, is pleased to see the federal

Renters miss out again! — in Reserve Bank interest cuts

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

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

Report proves we need more affordable housing

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

National Shelter backs call for housing supply bonds

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

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

Housing stays in Cabinet where it belongs

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

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

Julia’s reshuffle: keep housing minister in the Cabinet


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

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

Changes in ministry: housing in Cabinet where it belongs

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

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

The greatest poverty of all

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.

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

Regional affordable housing funding: what a relief!


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

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