Welcome to Shelter NSW

Shelter NSW is the State’s peak housing advocacy and policy body. We are a not-for-profit organisation, working collaboratively with Government and the community to lead, influence and advocate for a fair and just housing system.

Born from the housing activism of the 1970’s, we continue to be the voice of consumers and those who are excluded and marginalised from the housing system. We work to ensure policies, practices and legislation recognises the dignity of all individuals through quality, secure and affordble housing.

Shelter NSW provides systemic advocacy across all aspects of the housing system. Our advice is grounded in evidence and research and is always independent.

Latest news

6 March 2018

Adam Farrar, our Principal Policy Officer gave evidence to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Land Release and Housing Supply on 5 March 2018. During the public hearing Adam was asked about the link between increasing supply and affordability.

5 March 2018

With housing affordability firmly on the public agenda we now need to move the debate beyond home ownership, to the solutions - solutions that will provide a home for all Australians. The campaign calls for urgent reforms across the housing continuum by re-balancing the tax settings; supporting larger scale investment in housing models such as community housing; improving renter’s rights to make it a genuine housing option offering real security; relieving chronic rental stress; and ending homelessness.

14 February 2018

Shelter NSW and the Tenants Union of NSW are pleased to announce regional consultation forums for residents, families, carers and advocates of people living in supported accommodation in Albury, Coffs Harbour, Orange and Newcastle.

The regional consultation forums are part of a program of consultation in February and March that include forums in Sydney, Penrith, Liverpool and Wollongong.

8 February 2018

Shelter NSW and the NSW Tenants Union want to hear from residents of supported group accommodation and their families about how their rights can be protected when supported group accommodation is transferred to non-government providers.

5 February 2018

A study by the University of Sydney's Urban Housing Lab concluded the closest local government area with an affordable median rental price for an entry level enrolled nurse is Cessnock in the Hunter Valley - 150 km from the nearest Sydney hospital. The study conducted for the Teachers Mutual Bank, Firefighters Mutual Bank and Police Bank, also found that many key workers are being forced to live in areas where housing may be more affordable but are lower priced because public transport is inadequate, forcing workers into long commutes.

5 February 2018

An analysis of data from the 2016 Census by the Sydney Morning Herald showed that the location of where workers and professionals lived reflected patterns of housing affordability. Services workers such as police, nurses and school teachers settle in outer Sydney suburbs where property is more affordable while higher paid professionals including lawyers and doctors cluster in neighbourhoods close to the central business district.