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.
Australia faces a number of significant housing issues, including an unacceptable level of homelessness, high levels of housing stress amongst low income householdsand especially renters, and declining affordability of home purchase in major cities.
These various issues are closely interlinked and require coordinated intervention on a number of levels. Current government efforts are fragmented, split between various agencies at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels. This Submission to the Reform of the Federation White Paper Taskforce fragmentation is a greater issue than overlap or duplication, and