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

24 April 2019

FACS Design and Stewardship in partnership with the Mental Health Branch, NSW Health would like to invite you to participate in the review of the Housing and Mental Health Agreement (HMHA).


What is the Housing and Mental Health Agreement?

3 April 2019
Champions of Change, a history of Shelter NSW by Dr Tony Gilmour, is now an eBook. Download your copy here.
28 March 2019

97% of respondents to our National survey on inclusionary zoning agree that action must be taken to improve housing affordability across the country. Planners, academics, not for profits, developers and private citizens are on board with a mandatory, systemic approach to consistently including social and affordable housing for rent in new residential construction. Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning intervention that mandates a proportion of new residential developments to include social and affordable housing dwellings.

21 March 2019

We are pleased that the major parties and cross bench Members of Parliament, made new commitments or expressed their support for affordable housing and clean and affordable energy at last Thursday's Sydney Town Hall Assembly. The Assembly was jointly organised by the Sydney Alliance and Vinnies NSW and supported by Shelter NSW and the Everybody's Home campaign.

New social housing commitments include;

14 March 2019

Shelter NSW, the Sydney Alliance and Vinnies NSW welcome today’s $200 million social housing pledge from NSW Labor.

This is especially encouraging news today, ahead of tonight’s Assembly for Affordable Housing and Energy.
Read our joint press release with the Sydney Alliance and Vinnies NSW here.
13 March 2019

Our special election issue of Around the House, looks at the key housing issues for our State, what housing peaks are asking a future NSW Government to prioritise and how the housing policies of the main parties stack up against the task of fixing our housing system.

In this edition our feature articles include;