Our latest submission includes recommendations covering a meaningful increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance, housing taxation reform to restore the balance, increased investment in social and affordable housing, a well-resourced housing and homelessness sector, and an enhanced coordination role for the Commonwealth.
National Shelter welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Inquiry into housing affordability and supply in Australia. As discussed in the Submission, housing affordability and supply are affected by many factors including but not limited to the following: population size and growth rate, urban spread and density, planning regimes, developer control of land supply and release, and urban, regional, and rural infrastructure disparities.
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
National Shelter urges the government and all parties to commit to a national plan and strategy to address affordable housing in Australia and enable governments, the private and community sectors to work together to solve the current affordable housing crisis. The shortage of housing for low and moderateincome households acts as a brake on productivity and inhibits the economic and social participation of households without access to appropriate, well located, affordable, secure and accessible housing.
Read the full response here.
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.