Our latest submission includes recommendations covering a meaningful increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance, housing taxation reform to restore the balance, increased investment in social and affordable housing, a well-resourced housing and homelessness sector, and an enhanced coordination role for the Commonwealth.
Key housing affordability advocates have welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s commitment to expand the National Housing Infrastructure Facility to social and affordable housing.
Mr Albanese made the commitment in his closing address to the Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra this afternoon. The policy makes it possible for $575 million dollars in the national housing infrastructure facility to invest in affordable housing by attracting financing from super funds and other sources of private capital.
The Jobs and Skills Summit must consider the urgent need to expand social and affordable housing if it hopes to deal with core economic challenges such as productivity and labour mobility, according to key housing affordability advocates.
The joint call from Community Housing Industry Association, National Shelter, Homelessness Australia and Everybody’s Home comes as a raft of recent data and research demonstrates the economic toll of inadequate housing options for Australians on low and modest incomes.
National Shelter, the peak body representing the housing interests of low-income households, congratulates Anthony Albanese and Labor on their election win.
Ms Emma Greenhalgh, Chief Executive Officer of National Shelter said ‘We look forward to working with the incoming Albanese government to delivery it’s housing agenda. National Shelter and other housing and homelessness peaks have worked closely with Labor, through Jason Clare, while in opposition..."
Early in the campaign, National Shelter invited the major parties, minor parties, and C200 independent candidates to indicate how their policies or policies of their party support the National Shelter priorities.
Housing sector peaks representing low-income households and community housing providers have welcomed today's policy announcements by the Australian Labour Party as a timely recognition of the urgent need to tackle intensifying housing unaffordability.