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.


What's new

New National Rental Affordability Index launched

National Shelter has launched a National Rental Affordability Index, in partnership with SGS Economics and Planning and Community Sector Banking. 

The index is unique and will be updated each quarter to provide an evidence-base for policy & advocacy work.  You can download the report from the National Shelter website.  A short video of a real life story from a person living in housing stress, can be seen here. You can also access an interactive map of affordability across the country - click here.

Forum - New directions for housing fairness

The forum will challenge the current direction on housing affordability policy and the government role - and it will launch Shelter's proposals for the 2016 state budget and beyond.  Building on some current small first steps, this proposes initiatives that could take us in a new direction – starting with the coming State budget.

Admission to the forum is free – but please register first.

See the forum flyer here for more information. You can register here or call Yana Myronenko (02) 9267 5733 ex 13 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The forum will be held on Wednesday December 9, 2:30 pm — 4.30 pm Training room 1,  377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney

Industry briefing held on new social housing redevelopment initiatives

Redevelopment proposals for the Ivanhoe Estate at Macquarie Park and six other sites in Sydney have been outlined at an industry briefing for private and NGO sectors, held on Nov 4. The Land & Housing Corporation (LAHC) intendes these to deliver"integrated, social, affordable and private housing redevelopment opportunities"  Over time, such 'Communities Plus' redevelopments are expected to increase the supply of social housing in NSW.  LAHC is about to commence market soundings.

Submissions called for review of Residential Tenancies Act

NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 to ensure it is working as intended.

A Discussion Paper has been releasedto help public discussion & give everyone in the rental market a chance to be involved in the law reform process. The closing date for submissions is 29 January 2016.

Discussion has already begun on the Tenants' Union blog, Brown Couch

You can have your say by completing the online submission form on the Fair Trading website.  Submissions can also be made by:

Statutory Review of Residential Tenancies Act 2010
Fair Trading Policy
PO Box 972

Shelter annual report on-line

Shelter's Annual Report for 2014-15 is now available on-line.  It reports on the year's activities and presents our oudited financial statements.  It can be read or downloaded here.

Our AGM is coming up too.  It will be held on Thursday, 19 November at 4.00 pm. Training Room 2, (ground floor) 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney

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