National Shelter has released its Budget Submission for 2021/22; in it we welcome the Federal Government’s consolidation of housing responsibilities into a single Housing Minister - The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, and we look forward to an opportunity to meet the Minister to outline our submission in the near future and discuss the need for federal investment. The principal asks remain:
- Federal support for the SHARP proposal and the Housing Booster (affordable housing supply subsidy) project
- The need for tax reform, especially Capital Gains Tax
- New support to improve housing capacity for Indigenous Community Housing Organisations and a project to explore the implementation of a National Housing Pool for Indigenous Housing contained in a soon to be released report on Housing First People’s by Shelter WA.
Other asks include the need to review and improve Commonwealth Rent Assistance, provide new financial support to states like Victoria that have developed significant programs of their own, and to continue JobSeeker and other social security payments at higher levels.