Good housing doesn’t stop at the front door. It is important that housing is located in communities which are good places to live, within easy reach of transport, employment, education and essential services.
National Shelter has been active in promoting good policies for urban and regional development, and in drawing the connections between urban planning and housing affordability and quality.
The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport conducted a consultation process through the early part of 2010 to develop a national urban policy. The final policy document, Our cities, our future, was released in May 2011. National Shelter provided a detailed submission to this process, outlining some of the key housing aspects of urban development and particularly issues of affordability in housing.