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
Australia faces four key housing challenges in 2012:
- making housing more affordable
- reforming the private rental market
- combatting homelessness, and
- revitalising social housing.
These critical issues are addressed in our new policy platform, 'Meeting housing challenges'. A draft long version is also available.
22 August 2012
Treasury is currently undertaking a five-year review of the National Affordable Housing Agreement — the agreement by the Council of Australian Governments governing housing assistance and homelessness funding that commenced in 2009. In order to prepare input for the Treasury review process, the National Affordable Housing Summit convened a roundtable meeting on August 22 to discuss priorities for a revised agreement, which was organised by our chairperson. This background paper prepared by consultant, Rebecca Richardson, for the roundtable
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.