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
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.
23 April 2013
In our submission on the Exposure Draft Social Security Legislation Amendment (Public Housing Tenants’ Support) Bill 2013, we express our lack of support for the introduction to the Housing Payment Deduction Scheme. While the scheme implements a recommendation of the Commonwealth Government’s white paper on homelessness, The road home, we think that it unnecessarily and unfairly targets a very small proportion of households. Additionally, National Shelter recommends that all levels of government fund further preventative and capacity-building measures
3 August 2012
In our submission on the Exposure Draft Homelessness Bill 2012, we called for a right to adequate housing under Australian law — we think that the relevant commitments made in the international conventions listed in the Exposure Draft Bill should be transformed into rights created by legislation that can by asserted by citizens under Australian law. Our submission also covered issues such as the recognition of the specific needs and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
In our submission on Australian Bureau of Statistics review of the Counting the homeless methodology, we recommended that the proposed Counting the homeless methodology should only be introduced at such time as the assumptions of the Australian Bureau of Statistics can be proven accurate and correct, and endorsed by the housing and homelessness sector and experts in the field. We called for the ABS to focus on improving their ability to capture information on significantly under-reported segments of the
The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport conducted a consultation process through the early part of 2010 to develop a national urban policy. The final policy document, Our cities, our future, was released in May 2011. National Shelter provided a detailed submission to this process (‘Our cities: building a productive, sustainable and liveable future – a response from National Shelter’), outlining some of the key housing aspects of urban development and particularly issues of affordability in housing.