Welcome to the website of Shelter NSW, the state’s peak advocate for housing justice. Shelter unites the voices of low-income tenants and non-profit organisations working on their behalf.
We conduct research and education on housing issues, and advocate to government to make the housing system work better for those on low incomes.
We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation and are not aligned to any political party or commercial organisation.
Become a member to support our work towards a fair and just housing system: to apply to be a member or subscriber, download our membership/subscription form.
We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.
The Urban Issues lecture series is only a month away - so it's time to get your registration in.
Following from the huge success of the series launched in 2014, Shelter is again presenting its Urban Issues lecture series. The series will provide an introduction to the urban and planning issues that have become increasingly important in shaping our housing system – for better or worse.
This series involves 3 separate lectures on 3 consecutive Tuesday afternoons (3.45 pm to 6.00 pm) on 29 September, 6 October & 13 October, 2015. Each session consisted of a one-hour lecture by a prominent expert on the topic, followed by questions and discussion. See more information here.
You can register on line here
Community organisations are expressing dismay at the draft Strata Title Bill that will make it far easier for developers to get agreement from 75% of strata owners to 'renew' existing schemes. The Bill has ignored the concerns of housing and older people's organisations about the displacement of low income households and the loss of low costs rental (and ownership) stock.
National Shelter has made its sumission on the Reform of the Federation discussion paper. Shelter has argued that the options proposed will not help to address the nation's deep housing affordability problems, or overcome the current policy fragmentation.
You can read the submission here.
The Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is now five years old, and the Minister is now required to review it. The Act has made a number of positive changes for tenants in New South Wales, but there are a number of important issues that are yet to be resolved.
This report by the Tenants' Union highlights the provisions that are working well, and ought to be retained, as well as those that require amendment to promote fairness, security and stability for tenants.
Shelter's Update on last month's State Budget give a comprehensive account of how the Budget affects housing and how housing fits in the budget strategy. It can be found here.