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.
National Shelter congratulates the Victorian government on the announcement of a $5.1b social and affordable housing program! Read more in our media release.
According to National Shelter - Investment in much needed public and community housing has been overlooked in Budget 20/21 - an area of infrastructure investment that would have led quickly to jobs for tradespeople and houses for the growing lists of people who need them.
Australia’s peak housing and property groups have joined with the ACTU, ACOSS and Industry Super Australia to form a national alliance focused on increasing the provision of social and affordable housing across Australia. Investment in housing as part of a stimulus program as Australia navigates the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health pandemic is one critical way that governments can work with industry to help re-boot economic activity.
National Shelter hosted a forum highlighting the modelling behind our Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) proposal and linking that work to an ongoing international research consortium examining the role of housing as economic infrastructure to improve economic productivity with CHIA and Homelessness Australia.
Read more here.