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.
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 »
On Wednesday 6 March, the Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Mark Butler, launched the new Evolve Housing facility in Parramatta. In doing so, the Minister demonstrated the Government’s lack of commitment to address the housing crisis in coming years.
‘The Government needs to stop trumpeting old programs and spent money. The people of Western Sydney deserve to hear what Labor would offer if given another term of governing. There seems to be no plan for the future.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »
The State of Australian Cities report, released by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, on Tuesday 4 December 2012, highlights the extent to which Australians are being priced out of their cities. Failing to respond is to risk social dislocation and a deepening of the housing crisis.
“With this report we see more evidence of the severity of the national housing security and affordability crisis.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »
Australia’s state and federal governments need to go back to the drawing board on the National Affordable Housing Agreement with today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council report showing it is getting harder for many more households to put a roof over their heads. Continue reading »
Tonight’s budget is full of disappointment for households struggling to get into the housing market and those trying to keep a roof over their heads said Australians for Affordable Housing.
Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Federal and State Governments to immediately inject funding into the public housing system and develop a long term strategy, following the release of the Victorian auditor general’s report that labelled the systems situation as “critical”.
The Victorian auditor general’s report says the public housing sector is losing money, with costs 42 per cent higher than revenue. They report forecasts a $115.1 million funding black hole by 2015 and recommends the funding model be changed.
AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey said the report’s results were a wakeup call to the Federal and State Governments whose investment in the sector has declined significantly.
“The reality is, you cannot run a system without appropriate funding. The report’s finding that the system is in a “critical” state is not that surprising given the Federal Government’s spending in this area has declined by 41 per cent over the past 15 years.
“The Department of Human Services has failed to develop an over-arching strategic management plan to-date and must make this an immediate priority.
“This problem is not isolated to Victoria. We’ve seen recent reports of a $300 million backlog in public housing maintenance in NSW, with residents reporting incidents of water running down walls, holes in the roof and cracked ceilings.
“We need the Federal Government to commit to an Affordable Housing Growth Fund, with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year from the 2013-14 Budget to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years,” Ms Toohey said.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989 Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004 Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed
Community and Industry come together to demand this year’s Budget deliver for those in housing stress
Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) and the Property Council of Australia’s Residential Development Council have today called for a long term strategy to improve housing affordability at the launch of the Australians for Affordable Housing budget statement in Canberra.
The AAH plan calls for over 100,000 new affordable homes, an increase in rent assistance to relieve housing stress for up to 100,000 Australians, and an immediate stimulus payment of $2.5 billion in the 2012-13 Budget to boost the capacity of the social housing sector, pave the way for future reform and help to prevent a downturn in building activity.
“Housing stress figures commissioned from NATSEM by Australians for Affordable Housing show that rates of housing stress for renters are more than double those with a mortgage. Rental housing is where any plan to address affordability problems needs to start, said Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey.
“What we need to see from the new Housing Minister is a National Housing Plan to ensure all Australians can get housing they can afford, and the 2012-13 Budget is the right time for a down payment on that plan.”
The Australians for Affordable Housing Budget Statement includes:
- An initial down payment of $2.5 billion in the 2012-13 Budget to provide for 8,300 new homes for low income households
- An Affordable Housing Growth Fund, with an annual allocation of $2.5 billion a year from the 2013-14 Budget to provide 100,000 affordable homes over five years
- An immediate boost to Commonwealth Rent Assistance of between $16 to $25 per week to lift 100,000 private renters out of housing stress
“As housing industry commentators speculate on another interest rate cut today, we are calling for Government action to actually deliver the affordable homes people need. Renters are struggling most under the burden of housing stress, and interest rates make little difference to their housing costs.
“We understand that the Government has a commitment to a surplus in 2013, but one in ten households in housing stress are struggling to keep their daily budget in surplus. Easing that stress needs to be the Government’s number one priority.”
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004
Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed
AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey spoke with 2UE’s David Oldfield last week about whether there is a housing affordability crisis in Sydney.
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In the decade from 2001 to 2010 Australia grew by over 1 million households, but lost 5,308 social housing properties.
This is contributing to housing stress in the rental market, where one in four renters are in housing stress.
While the Federal Government’s Nation Building Stimulus gave a much-needed boost to social housing, this funding is set to run out next year. Continue reading »
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