In its response Shelter urged the Committee to consider the best mechanisms to ensure that the release of land translates efficiently, not only into aggregate housing supply, but into a significant proportion of low-cost (affordable) housing, and that this is affordable to both owners and renters.
The NSW housing market is not simply “generally becoming less affordable”, but has a profound undersupply of affordable rental housing, that far outstrips any current government responses, and has a devastating impact both structurally and individually. This suggests that any reasonable indication of an impact from STHL will require more than monitoring data reports from industry.
Shelter's submission on the Bill that seek to introduce an Automatic Reduction Deduction Scheme (ARDS) argues that such a scheme will cause significant hardship to many vulnerable households within our community. We also believe that there is no evidence to support a punitive approach and that there are alternative approaches available to manage and reduce rental arrears which can deliver better outcomes for tenants.
This submission responds to the ddraft IPART report. It particularly welcomes the headline findings and recommendatiobns in that draft. However, it notes that there are a number of the 27 recommendations that Shelter supports with qualifications and there are 8 recommendations that Shelter does not support.
This submission responds to the draft strategic plans released by the Greater Sydney Commission in November 2016, for comment by 31 March 2017. The plans will affect land use and development plans in greater Sydney over the next 4 decades.
Shelter's submission is a response to Planning legislation updates: summary of proposals (January 2017) and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 (draft Government bill).
The submission is made to the Inner West Council on the draft affordable housing policy that is on exhibition, and on which submissions have been invited. Shelter has been a strong supporter of local-government initiatives to promote and
provide affordable housing, to supplement the activities of state government which has primary responsibility for this matter. We think the Council has zoomed in on the 3 statutory mechanisms available to it in planning law, and we strongly support it doing so.
These mecahanisms are:
This submission addresses the history and circumstances within which the review is being undertaken. In doing so, it presents a somewhat different understanding of the factors that have led to the current constraints, and hence, possible solutions. In general, we argue that rent models and eligibility are often not the most suitable mechanisms to achieve the desired outcomes.
Housing affordability is an important component of overall housing wellbeing, and it is because the state government has fiscal (taxation and spending) powers that can influence what households and businesses do, that the State Budget is so important. This set of proposals highlights important measures we would like to see in the State Budget for 2017-18.
It also includes some nonfiscal proposals. This is because other state government agencies apart from NSW Treasury influence people’s housing circumstances.