April 2019

Federal Budget 2019 Media Release – 5 Bucks a Week Won’t Dent the Rent

2019-04-03T09:31:39+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Media Releases|

Adrian Pisarski National Shelter Spokesperson says,

‘The tax cuts offered by the government may add $5.00 to the budgets of people on incomes up to $708 per week. But $5 a week won’t dent the rent. Even $20 a week for incomes of $919 per week doesn’t help that much against often rising rents of $400 or $500 a week that many on those incomes face.’

The central themes of budget 2019 are tax cuts and infrastructure. Tax cuts don’t help

November 2015

New Rental Affordability Index shows dire picture for Australian households

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|


Australia’s first ever Rental Affordability 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 income on rent to access a tenancy. This means that rents are extremely unaffordable. 

The Rental Affordability Index has been created by National Shelter,

September 2015

Mini summit must tackle housing affordability

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00September 30th, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Media Release 1 October 2015


Peak body National Shelter calls on the mini summit to tackle housing affordability including putting reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions, previously ruled out, back on the table.

Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski said “If Prime Minister Turnbull’s mini summit is intent on addressing reform then changing tax settings to reduce house price inflation must be among the issues to be addressed.”

We currently have a tax system which inflates the market by pitting investors against

August 2015

Capital gains tax discounts undermine affordability and must be reformed

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00August 6th, 2015|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|


for immediate release 5 August 2015


Case for tax reform on housing grows 

Affordable housing peak body National Shelter has renewed its call for tax reform on housing, citing figures released by Greens leaders today.
Figures prepared for the Greens by the Parliamentary Budget Office show potential revenue savings of between $74b and $127b over ten years by reforming Capital Gains Tax Discounts introduced in 1999.
National Shelter has argued that the discounts, introduced by the Howard government,

December 2014

Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00December 23rd, 2014|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Housing and homelessness peak bodies out in the cold at Christmas: and a very poor new year to follow for anyone struggling to house themselves

It’s not going to be a good Christmas for housing and homelessness peak bodies including the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA), Homelessness Australia and National Shelter.

All three of these peak bodies received news at the beginning of this Christmas week that they would not be funded beyond 30 June 2015. 

But this news

August 2013

Time to commit to action on housing affordability

2019-01-24T13:42:35+00:00August 28th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

22 August 2013

The peak housing advocacy organisation for low income Australians, National Shelter, today expressed deep concern that neither major party has addressed the greatest cause of financial hardship for very many Australian households – the lack of affordable housing.

“We are half way through the election campaign, and despite repeated calls across the community, neither Labor nor the Coalition have offered any direct affordable housing policies”, said National Shelter Chair, Adam Farrar.“There have been two leaders’ debates; but a deafening

March 2013

Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

2019-01-24T13:42:35+00:00March 1st, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 1 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the National Housing Supply Council’s report released today, revealing Australian’s unaffordable housing issue continues to grow.

The report, Housing supply and affordability issues 2012–13, used the 2011 Census data, examining Australian households’ housing consumption and how it has changed over the last decade.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said that the report demonstrates that Australians are changing their housing choices due to the lack of affordable housing options.

‘This is a reminder

January 2013

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00January 15th, 2013|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 8 January 2013

National Shelter has welcomed a KPMG report declaring the overwhelming benefits of social housing investment through the 2009 economic stimulus plan, as well as the economic boost to the building industry.

The $5.6 billion Social Housing Initiative was the single largest housing funding commitment in Australian history. The KPMG report showed that 19,700 new dwellings were constructed — exceeding targets by about 13 per cent, created about 9,000 full-time and 14,000 part-time jobs, and

November 2012

Roundtable to tackle Tasmania’s affordable housing crisis

2019-01-24T13:42:34+00:00November 21st, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 21 November 2012

National housing peak National Shelter is calling for the state and federal governments to commit to affordable housing solutions in Tasmania, at a roundtable to be held in Hobart tomorrow, 22 November 2012.

The roundtable, convening to discuss the future of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), aims to hear the different perspectives of government and non-government experts.

18,000 Tasmanian households are in housing stress. For people on low incomes renting privately on pensions and

October 2012

Launch of national housing priorities calls for national housing strategy

2019-01-24T13:42:33+00:00October 30th, 2012|Housing Supply, Media Releases, News|

National Shelter media release — 30 October 2012

On the eve of the National Housing Conference, National Shelter calls on the federal government to develop a National Housing Strategy.

This is based on the release of National Shelter’s 2012 housing priorities publication, ‘Meeting housing challenges’, today at the National Shelter Council Meeting.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, says the publication showcases just how overdue a housing strategy is.

‘More than one in 10 Australian households will experience