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.
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We do not provide emergency accommodation or other housing: if you need housing assistance, please see our 'Need help?' list of agencies.
On January 24, the NSW Government launched it's long-awaited social housing policy, Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW. Headlining the 3 part policy, the document promises to increase social housing by 6,000 units over 10 years through the redevelopment of public housing estates - including the announcement of the redevelopment of the Waterloo estate. Redevelopment by private sector developers will also replace 17,000 existing social housing dwellings. The other two parts of the policy are:
The full policy document can be downloaded here
National housing policy peak National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget.
National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski said urgent action is needed to ensure that all Australians are able to house themselves and their families.
“Lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia. Where Australian once had a owner occupier rate of 70 per cent it is now closer to 65 per cent, and declining,” Mr Pisarski said.
“Our Rental Affordability Index, launched late last year, showed that some families were being forced to spend as much as 65% of their income to secure rental housing, and far too many Australians are falling into homelessness.
In January,the Australian Government announced the establishment of an Affordable Housing Working Group for further work on housing affordability, following a request from Treasurers at the Council on Federal Financial Relations late last year. It will focus on improving the supply of affordable housing, through the introduction of “innovative, transformative and implementable financing models”. The Working Group is seeking submissions by 11 March. It has released an Issues Paper.
Shelter has lodged a submission on the Department of Planning & Environment's proposals to treat certain low-rise medium-denisty housing as a complying development. The submission can be downloaded here
The Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is taking place at a time when much more is being asked of the private rental market – particularly it’s responsiveness to the needs of low-income households.
The private rental sector has moved from its historical role as a transitional sector to a long term sector for a significant number of households. The NSW Government has recently released its’ 10 year strategy and framework for social housing, part of which aims to limit demand for social housing by providing more opportunities, support and incentives to lower income households to access to private rental market.
Shelter’s submission to NSW fair Trading on the review calls for amendments to the Act that focus on mitigating risks for tenants by addressing stability, security and suitability of housing – in the broader community interest. You can download the submission here.