July 2017

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

2019-01-29T14:38:04+00:00July 30th, 2017|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

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

 

February 2017

National Renters Survey with CHOICE and NATO

2019-01-29T12:23:02+00:00February 14th, 2017|Housing Supply, Publications|

Aussie renters facing insecurity and poor quality housing, with 50% reporting discrimination

Report EMBARGOED until Thursday 16 February 2017 

The Australian Rental Market Report Final Web

National Shelter has partnered with CHOICE and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations to call for governments to prioritise rental security and quality issues, alongside housing affordability, as a national study reveals widespread fear and discrimination faced by thousands of Australians.

“Governments across Australia are rightly focused on the issue of housing affordability. Affordability is extremely important to renters, but it

November 2016

Young mum to deliver petitions from 40,000 Australians calling on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform to avert looming crisis

2019-01-29T13:02:57+00:00November 8th, 2016|Meeting Housing Needs, Publications|

MEDIA RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016 

Young mum to deliver petitions from 40,000 Australians calling on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform to avert looming crisis 

A delegation led by a 24-year-old mother with a ten-year history of homelessness will deliver petitions comprising over 40,000 signatures from Australians who are concerned the Federal Government is not meeting its responsibilities to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Hayley Van Summeren, who started the petition at the last federal election,

November 2015

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

2019-01-29T14:39:02+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

Media Release: 24 November 2015

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

National Shelter, Community Sector Bank and SGS Economics and Planning have partnered to launch Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index.

The 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

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

2019-01-29T14:34:23+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

National Shelter, Community Sector Bank and SGS Economics and Planning have partnered to launch Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index.

The 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

September 2015

Equity, Efficiency and Employment: Setting Social Housing Rents

2019-01-29T13:03:03+00:00September 14th, 2015|Meeting Housing Needs, Publications|

Rent policy is one of the key aspects of the management of social housing. It determines the affordability of the housing for its tenants, as well as providing the main income stream for social housing providers.

Social housing rents are generally set as a proportion of the tenant’s income, with the general principle being that they pay 25% of income as rent. This policy area has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.

This report, written by Jon Eastgate for National Shelter

August 2015

National Shelter submission to the Reform of the Federations Discussion Paper

2019-01-29T14:35:55+00:00August 6th, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

Australia faces a number of significant housing issues, including an unacceptable level of homelessness, high levels of housing stress amongst low income householdsand especially renters, and declining affordability of home purchase in major cities.

These various issues are closely interlinked and require coordinated intervention on a number of levels. Current government efforts are fragmented, split between various agencies at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels. This Submission to the Reform of the Federation White Paper Taskforce fragmentation is a greater issue than overlap or duplication, and

June 2015

Tax reform essential for housing affordability

2019-01-29T14:31:04+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

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

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

February 2015

Peaks essential to consultation processes

2019-01-29T14:51:26+00:00February 10th, 2015|Meeting Housing Needs, Meeting Housing Needs, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

A Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia - Australia’s housing and homelessness peaks- called on the Abbott Government to make good on their promise to be more consultative by restoring funding to the peak bodies who provide a voice for vulnerable Australians.

Download - Peaks essential to consultation processes