National Shelter is a small organisation but with extensive reach and input. As a national peak body we are the tip of a broad base of expertise, information, organisations and networks which work cooperatively to contribute to a broad national effort.
Our network is partly federated where we have active state Shelter organisations in every jurisdiction in Australia except Victoria. In Victoria, we work with the Brotherhood of St Laurence as our principal supporter but also with the range of other bodies in this space.
The State Shelters are themselves peak bodies in each jurisdiction working on housing policy and advocacy, sector development, with homelessness services and community housing providers. Some specialise around particular issues and others have to be all-rounders as the only peaks in their state or territory for housing and homelessness.
We have national members as well covering tenant advocacy, homelessness, welfare services and community housing.
It all adds to a rich and diverse set of inputs around which we collaborate.