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

Comprehensive Shelter State Budget analysis on-line

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.

NSW & Qld to lead work on housing affordability for First Ministers

Reforms to address affordable housing will be progressed by the NSW and Queensland premiers, following the first 'Leaders’ Retreat' on July 23. "Leaders will consider more developed options at their next meeting before the end of the year", according to the communique.

The Leaders of each state & territory and the Prime Minister discussed the challenges facing Australia, including fair and affordable access to housing.

Read more: NSW & Qld to lead work on housing affordability for First Ministers

Government’s Strata Schemes Redevelopment proposal to hurt vulnerable homeowners and renters

15 July 2015

Shelter NSW, the nongovernment advocacy peak for housing, has expressed disappointment in the Government’s draft Strata Schemes Development Bill, released today.

‘The Government has given only partial recognition to concern that fast-tracking redevelopment of strata schemes could lead to massive displacement of lower-income homeowners and renters’, Acting Executive Officer Craig Johnston said.

Read more: Government’s Strata Schemes Redevelopment proposal to hurt vulnerable homeowners and renters

New committee to advise Minister on social housing reform

The Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard, has established a  new Ministerial Advisory Committee, to advise him on  the reform of the social housing system. The six one-year appointees are:

  • Bruce Morgan (Chair) Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation
  • Jim Betts CEO, Infrastructure NSW
  • Michael Coutts-Trotter Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services
  • Sam Haddad Principal, SG Haddad Advisory
  • Carrie Hamilton Associate, Housing Action Network
  • Scott Perkins Director, Woolworths

See media release

State budget misses stamp duty winfall opportunity to help struggling renters

Shelter’s media release, responding to yesterday’s state budget, says that a fairer budget would have reinvested spiralling stamp duty into affordable housing for struggling renters.

While Shelter acknowledged and welcomed the election commitment to establish a billion dollar fund to support future investment in social and affordable housing, this is yet to be developed.  That alone will still only make a small contribution to filling the gap.

With this budget’s $2.1 billion surplus on the back of stamp duty from our unaffordable housing market, there was a chance to do more, and to do it quickly.  Once again, those that are doing it hardest are left waiting.  See the media release here

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