May 2015

National Shelter Submission to ALP Discussion Paper on Housing

2019-01-29T14:36:42+00:00May 11th, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

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

December 2014

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

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

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

August 2013

Time to commit to action on housing affordability

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

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

March 2013

National Housing Supply Council puts spotlight on lack of housing supply

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

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

Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

2019-01-24T13:42:35+00:00March 1st, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 1 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the National Housing Supply Council’s report released today, revealing Australian’s unaffordable housing issue continues to grow.

The report, Housing supply and affordability issues 2012–13, used the 2011 Census data, examining Australian households’ housing consumption and how it has changed over the last decade.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that the report demonstrates that Australians are changing their housing choices due to the lack of affordable housing options.

‘This is a reminder

January 2013

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00January 15th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 8 January 2013

National Shelter has welcomed a KPMG report declaring the overwhelming benefits of social housing investment through the 2009 economic stimulus plan, as well as the economic boost to the building industry.

The $5.6 billion Social Housing Initiative was the single largest housing funding commitment in Australian history. The KPMG report showed that 19,700 new dwellings were constructed — exceeding targets by about 13 per cent, created about 9,000 full-time and 14,000 part-time jobs, and

November 2012

Roundtable to tackle Tasmania’s affordable housing crisis

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00November 21st, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 21 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter is calling for the state and federal governments to commit to affordable housing solutions in Tasmania, at a roundtable to be held in Hobart tomorrow, 22 November 2012.

The roundtable, convening to discuss the future of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), aims to hear the different perspectives of government and non-government experts.

18,000 Tasmanian households are in housing stress. For people on low incomes renting privately on pensions and

October 2012

Launch of national housing priorities calls for national housing strategy

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

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

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