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Emma joined National Shelter in April 2022.

Emma is a passionate advocate for better housing outcomes, having worked for 25 years in roles in housing policy, research, social impact assessment, and planning in both non-government and non-government roles.

Emma has professional qualifications in urban and regional planning, and is also an Adjunct Industry Fellow at the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University.

Safety and Security
for People on Low

National Shelter is a non-government peak organisation that aims to improve housing access, affordability, appropriateness, safety and security for people on low incomes. Since 1976, National Shelter has worked towards this goal by influencing government policy and action, and by raising public awareness about housing issues. National Shelter’s aim is to work towards every Australian having access to housing that is:



People should not be left in poverty after they have met their housing costs



Everybody is entitled to housing that meets basic standards of decency and their own basic needs



People should not live under threat of loss of home and shelter


Access to housing should be free from discrimination

In the right place

Housing should be located close to transport, services and support networks, job opportunities, and social and leisure activities

Meet their lifecycle needs

People have different housing needs at different stages of their lives, and housing should be available to meet these changing needs

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