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

2015 Urban Issues lecture series dates set


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.


Government releases outcomes of consultation on social housing

On 25 May, the Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard, released 'What we heard', the summary of feedback from the consultations on social housing in NSW.  The report was launched at the Minister's Discussion Forum, chaired by past NSW premiers, Nick Greiner and Morris Iemma.  The forum agreed on the urgent need to make increased social and affordable housing supply central to the future of social housing.

Shelter Update on Commonwealth Budget 2015-16

Shelter NSW has produced an account of the housing related measures in the 12 May Commonwealth Budget.  While very little was unchanged or unknown, a new remote Indigenous housing strategy has been announced to coincide with the phase out of the current partnership agreement.  The Update is available here.

Senate Inquiry findings show urgent need for budget action on housing

Housing Policy Peak National Shelter has pointed to the findings of the Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Housing Affordability as clear evidence of the need for urgent budget action. 

The Inquiry found that far too many Australian households live in housing stress, struggle to find adequate accommodation, pay too much and face homelessness as a consequence.

See National Shelter press release. 

A key recommendation is that rental housing should be a top policy priority.

National Shelter call to action

National Shelter has issued a 'Call to Action' appealing to all supporters for donantions to allow it to continue its almost 40 years of advocating for the housing needs of low income Australian households.

Altrady it has received support from major charities.  Now it's appealing to all supporters around the country.

See the Appeal letter here (and note the account details at the bottom)

More Articles...

  1. Millers' Point co-op tenants get a reprieve
  2. Forum on delivery to give social & affordable housing high government priority
  3. Anglicare report shows rents out of reach for low income households

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