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

Two ways to facilitate affordable rental housing

Shelter has just published a new Update. Following on from Shelter's 10 key election issues, produced at the end of 2014, this short Shelter Update (download here) looks at 2 ways to facilitate affordable rental housing:

  • Value sharing of uplift from planning decisions, as a means of financing inclusionary housing;
  • Leveraging existing resources (including government contributions) to delivergrowth of affordable housing (including social housing).

The Update provides background and explanation to help readers engage in what is at last becoming a significant policy discussion.

Public Housing anti-social behaviour bill passes lower house

The Public Housing Anti-social Behaviour bill has been amended before passing lower house.  The amendments proposed by the Government reduces the risk of unfairness somewhat.  Labor have also proposed amendments that go further, but they'll rely on support from the cross benches in the upper house.  See the Tenants' Union's Brown Couch blog for more details on the amendments.

September issue of Around the House on-line now

This issue of Around the House provides an extensive discussion of one of the looming public policy issues - how will enough housing be found to make the NDIS a success in providing choice and indendence for people with disability?  7 writers have looked at this from a variety of perspectives.  The issue also reports on the Strata 'renewal' Bill, the 40th anniversary of Bonnie's .. and more.  It is available for download here.

New report by National Shelter shows rent reform proposals for social housing tenats will increase housing stress

 National Shelter has today released a report damning reform options under consideration by the Federal Government.  See the press release here.

The report, Equity, Efficiency and Employment: Setting Social Housing Rents, considers four current arguments for changing rent setting:

  • Fairness and Equity
  • Employment Incentives
  • Market signals
  • Inter-Governmental Relations

But it concludes that none of the alternatives proposed can be supported.  In particular, proposals to move public housing tenants to market rents supported by Commonwealth Rent Assistance would place public tenants in housing stress with insufficient disposable income after meeting massive rent increases.

Last chance to register for the Urban Issues Series

The Urban Issues lecture series is one week 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

More Articles...

  1. Strata 'renewal' submission & fact sheet available
  2. National Shelter submission to Reform of the Federation review
  3. TU report on 5 years of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010

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