Overall, we were disappointed at the absence of any housing measures while the funding for a royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability is welcomed. There were a few measures for domestic and family violence prevention which were also welcome.
Adrian Pisarski National Shelter Spokesperson says,
‘The tax cuts offered by the government may add $5.00 to the budgets of people on incomes up to $708 per week. But $5 a week won’t dent the rent. Even $20 a week for incomes of $919 per week doesn’t help that much against often rising rents of $400 or $500 a week that many on those incomes face.’
The central themes of budget 2019 are tax cuts and infrastructure. Tax cuts don’t help
There is a plethora of well-intentioned research and opinion aimed at solving Australia’s growing housing crisis, including Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. However, to be really effective, all of this must be considered in the context of a new national housing strategy. Only by taking that sort of holistic approach can we transform Australia’s housing system to be fit for the 21st Century.
The past 25 years have been characterized by underinvestment in social
This project aims to examine current inclusionary planning policies that deliver social and affordable housing supply across Australia. It will compare State/Territory and Local Government policies established across the country to identify the challenges and opportunities for inclusionary zoning. This document reflects our investigation to inform our consideration of policy objectives and advocacy.
The results and final report will be used to build a coalition of support around encouraging National leadership on inclusionary zoning, strategies and mechanisms
Fictional premise and factional omissions undermine Productivity Commission’s housing recommendations in choice in human services report
Fictional premise and factional omissions undermine Productivity Commission's housing recommendations in choice in human services report:
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.
May 2017 release of Rental Affordability Index – pensioners and working parents being priced out of rental
Pensioners and working parents have been priced out of the rental market in all metropolitan areas across Australia, according to the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on 17 May 2017. Rental affordability dropped over the last quarter in all metropolitan areas, except Perth.
“The latest Rental Affordability Index is a wake up call - without swift coordinated action to tackle housing affordability, Australia will become a divided country, with pensioners, working parents and other low income groups locked out of
Housing policy peak National Shelter has challenged the Federal Government to be bold in the face of pressure from vested interests and not squander the chance to reform the tax treatment of housing.
Responding to reports on a key speech the Treasurer Scott Morrison is due to make this morning, National Shelter spokesperson Adrian Pisarski said that there is no evidence that curbing the excessive generosity of tax concessions will raise rents.
“The Treasurer is right to focus on renters but derelict
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.
The report was released on 16 February 2017 and literally millions of people engaged with the story via Twitter, newsites, and broadcast media stories. The hashtag #RentInOz trended on Twitter. With one third of Australain households renting (up from 25% a decade ago) rental