In an announcement at the Labor party conference on Sunday 16th December, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised that a Labor Government will improve housing supply and provide long-term affordable housing for low and middle-income Australians through the construction of 250,000 new affordable rental homes over the next decade. At least 20,000 would be delivered in Labor’s first term (3 years). The model would be similar to NRAS (National Rental Affordability Scheme). Read the full eNews…
Shelter Tas is pleased to accept the Treasurer’s invitation to make a submission to the 2019-20 State Budget on behalf of our members and the housing and homelessness sector. This submission is informed by research and extensive consultation with our members across the social housing and homelessness sector.
Housing is essential social and economic infrastructure. It is the bedrock for people’s wellbeing, participation in work and community activities, and underpins the care of dependent children. No Tasmanian deserves to live in housing stress, poverty or homelessness.
Affordable, appropriate and secure housing directly impacts our community’s health, education and overall wellbeing. It underpins the growth of our economy by enabling people’s participation and productivity. However, increasing numbers of Tasmanian households are experiencing rental stress due to the combination of high rents and the lowest incomes in Australia. Incomes in Tasmania are 25% (over $300) less than the national average. The latest Rental Affordability Index, which compares rents to incomes, again confirms Hobart as the least affordable capital city in Australia. In Greater Hobart, rents are now becoming unaffordable for half of all rental households. Read the full submission here…
‘Tasmania’s Residential Tenancy Act: What’s new, what’s coming, and everything you need to know’ was offered in response to the success of previous RTA training presented by the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania in 2016. The purpose of the training was to educate workers new to the homelessness sector and to update the knowledge of more experienced practitioners, particularly due to changes to the RTA since the initial training.
Meredith Barton from the Tenants’ Union delivered the training as part of the Specialist Homelessness Services State-wide forum on 11th December 2018 in Launceston.
29 people attended the 2.5 hour training session. Of the 27 evaluation forms received, 93% of respondents rated the training day as good – excellent.
Go to the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania website to view helpful factsheets.
Michael Lennon is Chair of the Community Housing Industry Association and Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia. Michael delivered his presentation, ‘Addressing Tasmania’s Housing Crisis’ at our 2018 AGM.
Click here to view the slides from the presentation.
Shelter Tas, as the peak body for the housing and homelessness sector, continued and expanded its leadership role this year.
We provide an independent voice on housing rights, and a link between government and the community through consultation, research and policy advice. Our specialised knowledge and
expertise contributed to important community debates on the homelessness and housing crisis, the State Election and the continuation of the Tasmanian Affordable Housing Strategy and
Action Plan. We rely on our membership for the knowledge of the housing and homelessness sector that enhances our evidence based policy development.
Shelter Tas, the State’s Peak Body for Housing and Homelessness, and the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania welcome new national research on the experience of renters. Disrupted: the consumer experience of renting in Australia is released by CHOICE, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations.
This report comes hot on the heels of the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) released last week, which shows the dramatic increase in Tasmanian rents and the resulting impacts on people’s lives. 1 in 4 households are renting in Tasmania and 40% are staying in the market for over 10 years. Read more…
We all need a home we can count on. It’s very difficult to raise a family, go to work, be part of our local communities or maintain our health and wellbeing without a good place to call home. Across the nation, more and more people are renting their homes. There are now over 2.6 million households in Australia who rent. These Australians are raising families. They are sending their children to local schools. They are growing old and retiring.
Disrupted – the second report commissioned by CHOICE, National Shelter, and The National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) – delves into the issues facing Australians who rent. It reveals three problems that people who rent are facing across the nation, with many:
● living in poor quality homes afraid to request repairs;
● on insecure tenancies; and
● struggling with rental affordability and cost of living pressures.
Click here to read the media release from Shelter Tas and the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.
Click here to read the media release from CHOICE, National Shelter and NATO.