Australians for Affordable Housing have today launched their goals and recommendations for reform.
Read the full report here.
Speaking at an affordable housing forum, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie called on Federal, State and local Governments to step up to the challenge of improving housing affordability in Australia, warning that we risk sentencing young people and those on low incomes to a life of insecure renting, or worse, if we fail to act now.
Read more here.
The annual Report on Government Services has been released, providing information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.
The Housing chapter (chapter 17) focused on the performance of governments in providing social housing, including public housing, State owned and managed indigenous housing, community housing and indigenous community housing.
All sections of the Report, including the Housing chapter, can be found via the Productivity Commission’s website here.
NSW Federation of Housing Associations have recently released a briefing paper to provide a summary of issues arising from the current Australian Government review of the Australian Federation. The briefing focuses on the Commonwealth Government’s Issue Paper on roles and responsibilities in housing and homelessness, released on 11 December 2014, as one of a number of issues papers developed to inform the Commonwealth Government’s White Paper on the Reform of the Federation.
The full briefing paper can be downloaded via the NSW Federation’s website here.
The Australian Council of Social Service today urged Australian Governments to take coordinated action to tackle the worsening housing supply crisis.
“New data shows that the housing supply crisis is getting worse and this is taking a heavy toll on first home buyers and low and moderate income renters who are under increasing financial stress,” said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO.
Read more here.
The Labor party’s commitment to affordable housing is being called into question as the Government has failed to confirm any ongoing future for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
Successful applicants for the ‘shovel ready’ round are being announced this week by the Minister for Housing. However neither Labor nor the Coalition has committed to a future for the program beyond the fifth and final round, applications for which closed in recent weeks. Continue reading »
This video was made to promote the ‘Problems with Property’ forum, to be held 26 August in Melbourne. Appearing are my fellow panellists for the forum, Karl Fitzgerald (Prosper) and Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia).
Check out the video and, if you’re in town, come by for the forum!
Housing costs are rising and the under-investment in affordable housing is impacting on families with young children, according to the election statement released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The document coincided with the release of electorates ranked by housing stress.
‘The polls are saying that housing is a priority issue for voters, if not the number one issue. That’s no surprise given the recent research that a fulltime wage is often not enough to afford housing. But the major parties have so far avoided offering solutions to the housing crisis.’ Continue reading »
Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the release of the Greens homelessness policies ahead of the Federal election, and have challenged the major parties to do likewise.
‘Whilst the election campaign may not have formally started, a date has been announced and voters are waiting to hear what the different parties have to offer. Labor and the Coalition cannot keep ducking when asked what they will do to solve the housing crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »
In March this year Australians for Affordable Housing released the report ‘Defaulting on the Australian Dream’ to highlight the impacts of the housing affordability crisis on many full-time workers.
Here’s footage of Joel Pringle, our Campaign Manager discussing the report on ABC NEWS 24.
The full report can be downloaded here.
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