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July 2017

Submission to PC Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services:

2019-01-29T14:38:04+00:00July 30th, 2017|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

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.

Web National Shelter Productivity Commission Review Submission


May 2017

May 2017 release of Rental Affordability Index – pensioners and working parents being priced out of rental

2019-01-24T14:40:30+00:00May 16th, 2017|Housing Supply, News, News|

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

April 2017

Time for real leadership from Govt on housing ahead of budget 2017

2019-02-04T11:33:45+00:00April 10th, 2017|National Shelter Media Releases, Publications|

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

February 2017

Millions engage with #RentInOz report from Choice, National Shelter & NATO

2019-01-24T13:21:51+00:00February 20th, 2017|News|


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

August 2016

A Place to Call Home: a housing issues paper for people with disability

2019-01-24T14:48:53+00:00August 22nd, 2016|Meeting Housing Needs, News, News|

This paper is part of a partership between Queenslanders with Disability Network, Griffith University and National Shelter.

The project’s overall objective is to develop a position statement on housing and housing assistance that facilitates the independence, social and economic participation and full inclusion of people with disability in the mainstream community.

The project will inform a position statement which covers the housing options people with disability require to live independently in a place of their choosing and with whom they want and

November 2015

Rental Affordability Index launch makes waves

2019-01-24T13:21:54+00:00November 29th, 2015|News|


The 24 November 2015 release of National Shelter and Community Sector Bank’s Rental Affordability Index, powered by SGS Economics and Planning, make a real splash in the news. Below are links to just some of the stories. 

Studio 10 (Ch 10 morning show) watch here

9News: Some Aussie residents forced to spend almost two thirds of income on rent

Sydney Morning Herald: New National Shelter data shows renters suffer worst pain

ABC Online: Rental Affordability Index


Rental Affordability Index for Australia

2019-01-29T14:39:02+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Housing Supply, Publications, Submissions, Submissions|

Media Release: 24 November 2015

Rental Affordability Index for Australia

National Shelter, Community Sector Bank and SGS Economics and Planning have partnered to launch Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability Index.

The Index reveals the depth and extremity of housing stress faced by renters in the current market. Both low income and moderate income households suffer poverty due to high rental costs.

Housing stress occurs when households pay 30% of income or more on rent. Low income households are required to pay around 65% of