Equity, Efficiency and Employment: Setting Social Housing Rents

Rent policy is one of the key aspects of the management of social housing. It determines the affordability of the housing for its tenants, as well as providing the main income stream for social housing providers.

Social housing rents are generally set as a proportion of the tenant’s income, with the general principle being that they pay 25% of income as rent. This policy area has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.

This report, written by Jon Eastgate for National Shelter

2019-05-21T13:34:40+10:00September 14th, 2015|Policy Papers|

Reform of the federation – housing, homelessness and the road to reform


National Shelter's Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski reflects on how the review of Federation may impact on how housing needs are addressed in Australia.

Late last year I posed a question - is the current funding and responsibility for housing and homelessness  shared by the Commonwealth Government and the States/Territories ideal?  

At the time I was looking forward to the reform of the Federation process as something which might facilitate an intelligent discussion about current housing and homelessness policy settings.  The National

2019-05-21T12:59:43+10:00March 15th, 2015|Policy Papers|

Financial impact of asset transfers from state/territory governments to community housing organisations

This report was written for National Shelter by Sphere consulting.  It explores the appetite and issues relating to stock transfer around the country.  It also provides a model showing the minimum level of asset transfer needed to optimise the leverage from such transfers.

Final Report Stock Transfers 0714


2019-05-21T13:36:40+10:00October 14th, 2014|Housing Supply, Policy Papers, Publications|

Key recommendation from National Shelter’s ATSI housing roundtables 2010–2012

June 2012

Three roundtables on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) housing have been facilitated by National Shelter between 2010 and 2012. National Shelter has recommended that the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs fund a project to build trust between ATSI housing organisations and all levels of government to create a productive working relationship, and to support ATSI housing organisations to become registered in the new national regulatory system.

Key Recommendations - 2010-2012


2019-05-21T13:40:03+10:00June 1st, 2012|Meeting Housing Needs, Policy Papers, Publications|

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing roundtable report 2012

25 May 2012

This roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) housing on 25 May 2012 was the third facilitated by National Shelter since 2010. Through the course of the three roundtables there have been a number of common themes, including:

  • Unmet housing need for ATSI people, including in urban areas;
  • A level of dissatisfaction and frustration around the processes to transition responsibility for ATSI housing organisations from the Commonwealth to the states and territories;
  • The need to invest in
2019-05-21T13:40:18+10:00May 25th, 2012|Meeting Housing Needs, Policy Papers, Publications|

Towards NAHA Mark II: the next National Affordable Housing Agreement

July 2011

Between March and June 2011, National Shelter held a series of round table discussions on the development of the next National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), the Council of Australian Governments agreement which covers funding for affordable housing and homelessness programs. 'Towards NAHA Mark II: National Shelter dialogue ahead of the nextNational Affordable Housing Agreement and associated NationalPartnership Agreements' is the report that emerged from this consultation process.



2019-05-21T13:40:48+10:00July 1st, 2011|Housing Supply, Policy Papers, Publications|

Australia’s future tax system: balancing our taxes to remove distortions in our housing system

June 2011

The Henry tax review, Australia’s Future Tax System Review, recommends fundamental shifts in the way land and renting and owning housing are treated by the taxation and social security systems. National Shelter prepared a report on housing issues in the Henry review in December 2010, and we developed our own response to this review in June 2011 following discussions with some of Australia’s foremost experts on taxation and housing.


2019-05-21T13:51:36+10:00June 1st, 2011|Housing Supply, Policy Papers, Publications|

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing roundtable report 2011

17 and 18 May 2011

Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and mainstream housing organisations and peak bodies met in Brisbane in July 2010, under the auspices of National Shelter, to discuss a range of housing issues facing ATSI peoples and to develop possible solutions. Following this roundtable we released a policy statement which calls for an urgent injection of resources to address the housing needs of ATSI peoples. A follow-up meeting in May 2011 reaffirmed the key messages

2019-05-21T13:41:12+10:00May 17th, 2011|Meeting Housing Needs, Policy Papers, Publications|

Marginal tenures – a national picture


February 2011

Boarding houses and caravan parks often serve as ‘housing of last resort’ for residents – many of the 75,000 Australians who live in them are highly disadvantaged and have complex needs. National Shelter's policy paper on marginal tenures and their residents surveys trends in supply, and analyses critical regulation issues such as tenancy protection, health and safety standards, and the licensing of operators. The report also presents a set of recommendations to provide a starting point for discussions with

2019-05-21T13:41:45+10:00February 1st, 2011|Meeting Housing Needs, Policy Papers, Publications|
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