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Housing peak welcomes round 4 of National Rental Affordability Scheme

National Shelter media release — 4 October 2011


National Shelter is pleased to hear the Gillard government has announced round 4 of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

The round includes delivery on over 200 projects to build more than 17,000 properties for low- to moderate-income households to rent below market rate.

Chairperson of National Shelter, Adrian Pisarski, said the Gillard Government has shown foresight in allocating NRAS contributions in forward spending.

‘It is critical that government invest in long-term solutions like NRAS to address the housing stress currently being experienced in Australia.’

‘The Gillard government has shown great commitment in developing and supporting NRAS and should now look at increasing the program in future.’

The division of round 4 of NRAS as follows:

  • New South Wales: more than 4700 properties
  • Queensland: more than 5600 properties
  • Victoria: more than 900 properties
  • Western Australia: up to 2300 properties to date
  • South Australia: more than 400 properties to date
  • Tasmania: more than 1000 properties
  • Northern Territory: more than 400 properties
  • ACT: more than 1500 properties.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme is about increasing supply of new affordable rental housing, reducing rental costs for low- and moderate-income households and encouraging investment and innovative affordable housing.

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email:

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email:



Big banks bash battlers

National Shelter media release — 13 September 2011


National Shelter is horrified that National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) properties may have been ‘blacklisted’ by the big banks (Sydney Morning Herald, 12 September 2011).

A federal–state program designed to boost housing for low-income earners, NRAS properties are reportedly barred from finance approval according to a list circulated to mortgage brokers in late 2010.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said this treatment of investors in affordable housing is unacceptable.

‘It is truly frightening to think a federal initiative that government and the community sector have worked so hard to create can be trampled by banks’ shortsightedness.’

National Shelter believes the big banks have not yet fully realised NRAS is a sustainable and successful business model adding choice for housing consumers.

‘We have an affordability crisis in Australia and the major financial institutions are making matters worse in an act of laziness which will affect generations to come.’

‘NRAS is an innovative and sustainable business model which has created, and will work to create more, affordable housing options for low-income households.’

‘NRAS is an opportunity, not a risk – it is time the big banks saw that’, Mr Pisarski said.

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email:

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email:

Survey crack in Labor’s halving homelessness dream

National Shelter media release — 15 August 2011

It is expected this year’s Census will show a dramatic decrease in Australia’s homelessness population, but community sector research reveals a different reality.

The latest Community Sector Survey by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) shows homelessness and housing service providers are busier than ever.

Key outcomes from the survey include :

  • 21% of all service providers experience the greatest increase in demand from the area of housing and homelessness
  • 22% of service providers turned away the highest numbers of people seeking housing and homelessness support
  • 34% of service providers profiled those seeking housing and homelessness support to be aged between 15–24.

Most concerning however, is that 87% of all service providers said housing and homelessness was the greatest area of high and unmet need.

National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said these results show that the federal government’s housing and homelessness are not keeping pace with cost of living pressures.

‘This research shows service providers are being stretched thinner and thinner — and are increasingly unable to provide support to those in need.’

‘A third of all people seeking homelessness and housing support are young people, showing that adequate housing is becoming an impossible dream for younger generations.’

National Shelter believes more support for long?term housing strategies and doubling the National Rental Affordability Scheme are key to reducing pressure on homelessness.

‘For the Gillard government to stay true to their word and halve homelessness by 2020, a substantial and sustained funding initiative is required.'

Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email:

Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: