New research by the ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership shows renters on low and modest incomes are in the grip of a housing pincer, especially in regional Australia, as surging rents and the Commonwealth’s neglect of social and affordable housing creates acute stress. Read the media release here, or the full report here.
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.
Peak housing body National Shelter has released its policy platform highlighting the need for a national housing plan to combat growing unaffordability in home ownership and renting. The platform is asking that the Government elevates the Housing Minister into Cabinet and establishes a new independent authority to develop the plan. Click here to read the full media release.
National Shelter is shining a light on Australians living in the dark shadows of the nation’s housing affordability crisis during National Homelessness week from 1-7 August. Over the past year most regional areas across the country have seen rental rises by at least 10 per cent, according to new research. Read the media release here.
National Shelter applauds the announcement by Opposition leader Anthony Albanese that Labor will establish an Australian Housing Future Fund to invest in social and affordable housing.
“Such a fund will create a pipeline of investment that can be built on to secure a steady growth in social and affordable housing.”
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.