Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

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

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

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

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

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

Roundtable to tackle Tasmania’s affordable housing crisis

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

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

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|

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|