Shelter Update

In response to our recent Member survey, many of you indicated you would be keen to hear from us more frequently. This update represents my first attempt at what I will aim to provide as a monthly update for members on key housing data and policy releases (locally and nationally) as well as an update […]

Implementing Trauma-Informed Practice in ACT Specialist Homelessness Services Project

Based on a review of the research and engagement with the sector, this reportoutlines options and recommended next steps. We are now interested in testing theseconclusions and recommendations with the ACT specialist homelessness sector priorto providing final advice to ACT Government. Sector representatives are invited toprovide feedback on the ideas in this paper by contacting […]

Improving Residential Tenancies – Residential Tenancy Reforms – Submission October 2021

This submission responds to the ‘Residential Tenancies Reforms’ Consultation Paper which is theprimary document guiding the Your Say Consultation ‘Improving Residential Tenancies’. Our submission begins by affirming the importance and relevance of the seven domains of theRight to Adequate Housing to these important reform proposals, our submission will address thefour areas of reform proposed in […]

Policy Positions – National Shelter

There is a housing affordability crisis in Australia, yet there is no Commonwealth Government strategy to address the growing numbers of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. Homeownership is on the decline, fewer households are achieving mortgage-free homes before retirement, the private rental market cannot provide affordable homes for people living on low incomes, and […]

ACT Housing Strategy

In 2018, the Chief Minister and the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development released the ACT Housing Strategy. ACT Housing Strategy Implementation Plan The Housing Strategy is a living document that guides a ten-year implementation plan. You can download the latest iteration of the plan here: https://www.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/1265640/ACT-Housing-Strategy-2020-Implementation-Plan.pdf ACT Housing Strategy – Report Cards The Minister for Housing […]

ACT Shelter and AHURI release new housing research

In 2020, ACT Shelter – with financial support from 12 of our members – commissioned the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) to undertake a multi-stage research inquiry into the social and economic impact of homelessness and after housing poverty/rental stress in the ACT. The stage 1 report quantifies expressed demand/unmet need for social […]

2020/21 Annual Report

Our first major activity in 2020/21 was preparing a pre-budget submission to the Commonwealth Government. Our pitch, which we also made during Homelessness Week, held in the first week of August, was that direct investments in social and affordable housing are also investments in people, productivity, and public health. We also argued that such investment […]