Welcome to the website of Shelter NSW, the state’s peak advocate for housing justice. Shelter unites the voices of low-income tenants and non-profit organisations working on their behalf.

We conduct research and education on housing issues, and advocate to government to make the housing system work better for those on low incomes.

We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation and are not aligned to any political party or commercial organisation.

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We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.


Latest news

16 February 2017

The report of a national survey of tenants produced by Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenan Organisations (NATO) shows that tenants experience discrimination, are frequently forced to move, put up with poor maintenace and are afraid to complain for fear of eviction or being put on a tenancy data base.  While none of this is new, the report, Unsettled: Life in Australia's private rental market, which was launched on...

14 February 2017

A report in the Australian on Friday 10 Februray suggests that the Commonwealth is considering cutting the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA).  The NAHA provides the majority of the subsidies for public housing and funding for homelessnes services. In NSW this is worth $430 million in 2016-17.  NSW receives a further $72 million from the Commonwealth through two partnershiop agreements, and spends a further $428 million of state grants and $867 million of tenant rents and charges on housing and homelessness.

1 February 2017

Two Sydney Councils have recently proposed affordable housing initiatives that would require 'inclusionary housing' contributions for new developments.  This is currently possible under the Planning Act (sect 94F), but require SEPP 70 to be amended by the Minister to list the areas as having an affordable housing need and for an amendment to their Local Environment Plans (LEP) to implement a schemes to be approved.  For most of the past 15 years state governments have refused to list new areas; but it now seems that this could be changing. ...

30 January 2017

The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian has announced her new cabinet, appointing three ministers to cover housing policy. 

The previous Minister for Family & Community Services and for social housing, Brad Hazzard, has been elevated to become Minister for Health.  To replace him, Prue Goward, who previously held this portfolio, has returned to FACS and social housing.

30 January 2017

The new NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has made housing affordability one of her main priorities. Specifically, she has made access to home ownership a priority - there is nothing on renters.  The Premier said she wanted to make sure every average hard working person can aspire to own their own home.  So far, policy ideas that go beyond more supply have not emerged.

30 January 2017

The latest Demographia survey finds that Sydney is the second most unaffordable city of 400 cities in 9 countries - just behind Hong Kong.  While the methodology which compares median house price to the median income is not the best, and the policy prescription (more land release) aren't one's we'd share, the dimensions of the problem are made clear yet again.  Median Sydney prices are 12.1 times median incomes.