The peak housing advocacy body, Shelter NSW, today urged the NSW Government to adopt the key recommendations of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), released today in the final report of its Review of rent models for social and affordable housing.
“Social housing in NSW and around Australia is currently unsustainable” said Shelter CEO, Karen Walsh.
With the NSW government announcing the transfer of another 18,000 public housing properties to the community housing sector in coming years, many tenants are asking what it will mean for them and their tenure in social housing.
Shelter has welcomed the key findings and main recommendations of the Independent Commission on Pricing and Regulation (IPART) draft report of its inquiry into social housing rents.
This report is the first stage of a joint project of Shelter NSW, Tenants' Union of NSW and the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW to develop a Compact for Renewal between agencies undertaking urban renewal and social housing tenants affected by renewal.
Today the Minister has announced the 5 sucessful parties that have been awarded SAHF Service Agreements. They are:
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
Following submissions and meetings with housing sector peaks, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, decided to put on hold the tabling of legislation that would have allowed bonds to be charged for public tenants. This will allow time for a further review. The issues the Minister wants to consider further are:
The Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is calling for submissions for its review of rents models for social and affordable housing.
IPART has been asked by the Premier to review:
- the approach used to set rents for social and affordable housing, and
- the criteria used to decide who receives this housing and other forms of housing assistance.
The Issues Paper provides information about what the review covers and how IPART will undertake it, and the specific questions on which it is seeking submissions from stakeholders.
The two main presentations from this week's seminar (31 October) are now availble on the web-site:
Alan Morris - Overview of the report, A Contemporary Forced Urban Removal: The Displacement of Public Housing Residents from Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Sirius Building by the New South Wales Government. Available here
This report examines the Australian literature on issues faced by tenants in public housing estate renewal programs. The bulk of the review was carried out in late 2013 and early 2014. This edition brings it up to late 2016. It uses publicly available information from approximately the past 10 years, drawing on academic, community and government sources to identify the key issues for tenants and how renewal projects respond to these issues. The report can be downloaded here.