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.
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
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
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