National Shelter calls on both major parties to extend their new bipartisanship on first home owner saver schemes to other more vital areas of housing policy.
National Shelter has called instead for the development of a National Housing Strategy, which examines all the components of our housing system, including reforms to tax, planning, the relative contributions of state and commonwealth governments, the role
The REIA and Property Council have joined forces, claiming the Labor Party’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax “will have negative impacts on mum-and-dad investors, home owners, renters, the construction industry, state governments and the economy,” in the words of REIA president Adrian Kelly.
They cite a “truck load” of reports that oppose the changes. Here’s why they are wrong.
Overall, we were disappointed at the absence of any housing measures while the funding for a royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability is welcomed. There were a few measures for domestic and family violence prevention which were also welcome.
There is a plethora of well-intentioned research and opinion aimed at solving Australia’s growing housing crisis, including Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. However, to be really effective, all of this must be considered in the context of a new national housing strategy. Only by taking that sort of holistic approach can we transform Australia’s housing system to be fit for the 21st Century.
The past 25 years have been characterized by underinvestment in social
This project aims to examine current inclusionary planning policies that deliver social and affordable housing supply across Australia. It will compare State/Territory and Local Government policies established across the country to identify the challenges and opportunities for inclusionary zoning. This document reflects our investigation to inform our consideration of policy objectives and advocacy.
The results and final report will be used to build a coalition of support around encouraging National leadership on inclusionary zoning, strategies and mechanisms
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.
May 2017 release of Rental Affordability Index – pensioners and working parents being priced out of rental
Pensioners and working parents have been priced out of the rental market in all metropolitan areas across Australia, according to the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI), released on 17 May 2017. Rental affordability dropped over the last quarter in all metropolitan areas, except Perth.
“The latest Rental Affordability Index is a wake up call - without swift coordinated action to tackle housing affordability, Australia will become a divided country, with pensioners, working parents and other low income groups locked out of
National Shelter has partnered with CHOICE and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations to call for governments to prioritise rental security and quality issues, alongside housing affordability, as a national study reveals widespread fear and discrimination faced by thousands of Australians.
The report was released on 16 February 2017 and literally millions of people engaged with the story via Twitter, newsites, and broadcast media stories. The hashtag #RentInOz trended on Twitter. With one third of Australain households renting (up from 25% a decade ago) rental
The 24 November 2015 release of National Shelter and Community Sector Bank’s Rental Affordability Index, powered by SGS Economics and Planning, make a real splash in the news. Below are links to just some of the stories.
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Sydney Morning Herald: New National Shelter data shows renters suffer worst pain
ABC Online: Rental Affordability Index
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,