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 T
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The federal government appears to be moving closer to establishing a government backed-bond vehicle to give affordable housing providers access to cheaper debt for the construction of new homes. See article for more
This update provides information on the revenue and spending of NSW Government agencies that provide housing, housing assistance, homelessness services, fund not-for-profits to do this work, or fund advocacy and advice services related to housing and homelessness. It is drawn from their 2015-16 annual reports. Click here for the report.
Shelter NSW is pleased to once again present our flagship lecture series, Housing Economics for Non-Economists.
These lectures are a critical tool for policy makers, advocates in the non-profit housing sector, and anyone one else seeking an understanding of the key economic issues shaping housing.
Each Tuesday afternoon in March, attendees will hear from prominent academics on a range of important topics. Click here for more information
Shelter strongly supports a version of an income related rent in it's submission to the IPART review, on the basis that the affordability is the overwhelming need, together with security. These are the preconditions for any pathway to improved opportunities for tenants