Welcome to Shelter NSW

Shelter NSW has been operating since 1975 as the State's peak housing policy and advocacy body. Our vision is A SECURE HOME FOR ALL.

We pursue our vision through critical engagement with policy and practice, and thought leadership. We provide systemic advocacy and advice on NSW housing policy and legislation to resolve housing inequality. And we seek to ensure that the voices of housing consumers are included in our policy responses.

Our approach involves engaging, collaborating and connecting with people and organisations across the housing system including government, the private and not-for-profit sectors and consumers.

Research plays a key role in our advocacy. We investigate the causes of inequality and injustice in housing and develop evidence-based solutions that aim to deliver a fairer housing system for all.

Latest news

7 February 2019

In November 2018 NSW Planning & Environment released for exhibition and consultation the concept State Significant Development Application (SSDA) and the State Significant Precinct (SSP) study prepared by UbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Metro.

6 February 2019

Shelter NSW has joined an alliance of eighteen community organisations as part of the Building Great Communities campaign to ask all political parties ahead of the NSW election to prioritise policies for a fairer NSW.

Homelessness increased 37% in NSW in the five years between the 2011 and 2016 Census. There are 60,000 households waiting for a social housing dwelling to become available - many will wait 10 years. One in two low income renters are struggling to afford the basics - a roof over their heads, food, bills; and overcrowding has jumped by 74%.

23 December 2018

In late 2018 Central Coast Council sought public comment on a draft Affordable and Alternative Housing Strategy.

The draft includes 28 recommendations to address the growing need for affordable and alternative housing options on the Central Coast.

21 December 2018

The Department of Planning and Environment has released its draft Community Participation Plan which describes their proposed approach to community engagement and sets out how and when the community can participate in the Department’s planning functions.

21 December 2018

The current limitations of SEPP 70’s coverage means councils that are not yet identified as being in need of affordable housing are discouraged from seeking inclusion. Councils with a genuine need for the Act’s inclusionary zoning provisions must undertake complex and costly analyses of affordable housing demand, and demonstrate how a contributions scheme would operate in their local context. However there is no guarantee of approval and inclusion in SEPP 70.

17 December 2018

Our last eBulletin for 2018 is a bumper issue;