Meeting housing needs

Key recommendation from National Shelter’s ATSI housing roundtables 2010–2012

June 2012

Three roundtables on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) housing have been facilitated by National Shelter between 2010 and 2012. National Shelter has recommended that the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs fund a project to build trust between ATSI housing organisations and all levels of government to create a productive working relationship, and to support ATSI housing organisations to become registered in the new national regulatory system.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing roundtable report 2012

25 May 2012

This roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) housing on 25 May 2012 was the third facilitated by National Shelter since 2010. Through the course of the three roundtables there have been a number of common themes, including:

  • Unmet housing need for ATSI people, including in urban areas;

  • A level of dissatisfaction and frustration around the processes to transition responsibility for ATSI housing organisations from the Commonwealth to the states and territories;

  • The need to invest in capacity-building to allow community-controlled housing organisations to overcome a period of funding neglect and take advantage of the opportunities open to other community housing providers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing roundtable report 2011

17 and 18 May 2011

Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and mainstream housing organisations and peak bodies met in Brisbane in July 2010, under the auspices of National Shelter, to discuss a range of housing issues facing ATSI peoples and to develop possible solutions. Following this roundtable we released a policy statement which calls for an urgent injection of resources to address the housing needs of ATSI peoples. A follow-up meeting in May 2011 reaffirmed the key messages in this statement and explored some of the issues in more depth. 

Marginal tenures – a national picture

 

February 2011

Boarding houses and caravan parks often serve as ‘housing of last resort’ for residents – many of the 75,000 Australians who live in them are highly disadvantaged and have complex needs. National Shelter's policy paper on marginal tenures and their residents surveys trends in supply, and analyses critical regulation issues such as tenancy protection, health and safety standards, and the licensing of operators. The report also presents a set of recommendations to provide a starting point for discussions with Commonwealth and state/territory governments about improving supply and the housing circumstances of residents.

A way forward for housing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia

August 2010

Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and mainstream housing organisations and peak bodies met in Brisbane in July 2010, under the auspices of National Shelter, to discuss a range of housing issues facing ATSI peoples and to develop possible solutions. Following this roundtable we released a policy statement which calls for an urgent injection of resources to address the housing needs of ATSI peoples.