Meeting housing needs

Peaks essential to consultation processes

A Joint statement from National Shelter, Community Housing Federation of Australia and Homelessness Australia - Australia’s housing and homelessness peaks- called on the Abbott Government to make good on their promise to be more consultative by restoring funding to the peak bodies who provide a voice for vulnerable Australians.

Submission on Housing Payment Deduction Scheme

23 April 2013

In our submission on the Exposure Draft Social Security Legislation Amendment (Public Housing Tenants’ Support) Bill 2013, we express our lack of support for the introduction to the Housing Payment Deduction Scheme. While the scheme implements a recommendation of the Commonwealth Government’s white paper on homelessness, The road home, we think that it unnecessarily and unfairly targets a very small proportion of households. Additionally, National Shelter recommends that all levels of government fund further preventative and capacity-building measures so that households are much less likely to have rental arrears.

Submission on Exposure Draft Homelessness Bill 2012

3 August 2012

In our submission on the Exposure Draft Homelessness Bill 2012, we called for a right to adequate housing under Australian law  — we think that the relevant commitments made in the international conventions listed in the Exposure Draft Bill should be transformed into rights created by legislation that can by asserted by citizens under Australian law. Our submission also covered issues such as the recognition of the specific needs and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness, a mechanism to ensure consultation with homeless people to improve policies and programs, increased acknowledgement of the need to enhance social inclusion as part of measures for responding to homelessness, and greater commitment to funding more affordable rental housing.

Submission on Australian Bureau of Statistics review of the 'Counting the homeless' methodology

June 2011

In our submission on Australian Bureau of Statistics review of the Counting the homeless methodology, we recommended that the proposed Counting the homeless methodology should only be introduced at such time as the assumptions of the Australian Bureau of Statistics can be proven accurate and correct, and endorsed by the housing and homelessness sector and experts in the field. We called for the ABS to focus on improving their ability to capture information on significantly under-reported segments of the homeless population — such as youth, women escaping domestic violence, couch surfers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in overcrowded conditions.

Submission on homelessness legislation

August 2009

This submission was to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth Inquiry into Homelessness Legislation.