Shelter NSW staff member Craig Johnston presents his analysis of the housing components of the 2012–13 NSW Budget. On the spending side, there is strong emphasis on financing economic infrastructure, as was also the case last year. And, again like last year’s Budget, there are a number of supply-side initiatives to promote construction of dwellings.
Shelter NSW staff member Craig Johnston has analysed the 2012-13 Commonwealth Budget for housing. It was very much a 'business as usual' Budget, in terms of assistance programs for Australians disadvantaged in housing markets. The Budget did not include proposals put forward by a number of non-profits, such as establishing a separate growth fund for affordable rental housing, increasing funding to the National Rental Affordability Scheme, and increasing the maximum rate of Rent Assistance by 30%.
Shelter NSW staff member Craig Johnston analysed the state Budget of 2011, commenting that its most significant aspect was that it was a deficit Budget as a result of new spending commitments by the newly-elected O'Farrell government. It also included some supply-side initiatives on housing affordability. There was no new funding of affordable housing: the state government subsidy to housing assistance programs was lower than what it was before the Economic Stimulus period.
A report by Jon Eastgate and Nicole Moore, working alongside project partners Shelter NSW, the Tenants Union of NSW (TU), the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and the NSW Aboriginal Tenants Advice Network, teased out the complex range of challenges facing Aboriginal community housing providers. The recommendations of Aboriginal community housing in NSW: where to from here? A review of the impact of current reforms and future directions included that the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council should work together to resolve conflicts between their regulatory systems, and that the AHO should resource the development of a peak support and advocacy body for the Aboriginal community housing sector.
In the lead-up to the state election in February 2011, Shelter NSW outlined its proposed solutions to 9 key housing problems facing New South Wales. Shelter Brief 46 comprises the Shelter NSW 2011 policy platform. A summary of this report is available.
New South Wales has the highest rate of rental stress of any state or territory, and the situation in Sydney is even worse: it is therefore vital that the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) operates to its maximum potential in this state. This factsheet outlines a call from the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), Shelter NSW and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations for the NSW Government to commit to the scheme.
In December 2010 Shelter NSW commissioned a detailed analysis of the financial implications of community housing organisations borrowing against their properties to finance growth. The paper by Emilio Ferrer (Shelter Brief 45) presents a number of options for ensuring the sustainability of these operations.
‘Access choice livability: issues for the NSW election 2011’ is a summary of the Shelter NSW 2011 policy platform (Access choice livability: housing directions 2011 (Shelter Brief 46).
Shelter NSW staff member Craig Johnston summarised the recommendations of the Henry tax review that are relevant to housing and land transactions.
In August 2010, Shelter NSW commissioned an examination of evidence for housing stress amongst households on moderate incomes, and the types of responses to this issue using Australian and international examples. Shelter Brief 43 was written by Laura Vitis, Vicki-Ann Ware and Hellene Gronda from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.