According to National Shelter - Investment in much needed public and community housing has been overlooked in Budget 20/21 - an area of infrastructure investment that would have led quickly to jobs for tradespeople and houses for the growing lists of people who need them.
Australia’s peak housing and property groups have joined with the ACTU, ACOSS and Industry Super Australia to form a national alliance focused on increasing the provision of social and affordable housing across Australia. Investment in housing as part of a stimulus program as Australia navigates the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health pandemic is one critical way that governments can work with industry to help re-boot economic activity.
National Shelter hosted a forum highlighting the modelling behind our Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) proposal and linking that work to an ongoing international research consortium examining the role of housing as economic infrastructure to improve economic productivity with CHIA and Homelessness Australia.
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The National Organisation of Tenant Organisations (NATO), via the coordination of the Tenants Union of NSW (TUNSW), has been monitoring the roll out of the national moratorium on evictions. The National Cabinet passed the responsibility to states to implement the moratorium, which has seen a patchy range of measures differing in each state and implemented in some jurisdictions.
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At this difficult time the Government’s emergency measures to support businesses and workers will bring much-needed relief to many Australians. Equally, it’s imperative that we plan now for a government-driven stimulus program to kickstart our country’s post-crisis recovery. This will be vital in getting people back into jobs fast, and also in enhancing building company confidence to retain workers.
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The National Cabinet has declared a six-month moratorium on evictions from renting affecting both commercial and residential properties. This effectively moves the action to state governments who now need to enact legislation or rulings to cover the operation of their rental markets.