Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services – Productivity Commission Preliminary Findings Report

High-quality human services, such as health and education, underpin economic and social participation. Access to high-quality human services contributes to the wellbeing of individuals and the welfare of the community as a whole. Community welfare is enhanced by the social cohesion and equity benefits of people having access to a minimum level of human services, regardless of their means or …

Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2016-2019 – City of Hobart

This Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2016 – 2019 provides the City of Hobart with a framework for the organisation to make informed and strategically beneficial decisions in relation to housing and homelessness. This framework operates as a reference for identifying strategic opportunities and planning organisational activities to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people of Hobart. It clearly outlines the …

Shelter Tas Submission to the HCC Housing and Homelessness Strategy

Shelter Tas applauds the City of Hobart’s initiative in developing the Draft Housing and Homelessness Strategy, 2016-19 (the Draft Strategy) and through it, its ongoing commitment to promoting social inclusion for the citizens of Hobart. We recognise the significant influence that Council’s policies and actions have on facilitating social inclusion and access for residents to appropriate and affordable housing in …

Community housing sector submission to the Productivity Commission, Human Services: identifying sectors for reform

Australia’s social housing system has been behind the curve in introducing competition and user choice, both in comparison to other human services such as disability support but also by international standards. The sector has suffered from fractured relations between the Commonwealth and States, and a lack of leadership by either. As a result, social housing has become a place where …

Shelter Tas submission to the Productivity Commission, Human Services: identifying sectors for reform

All Tasmanians depend on affordable, appropriate, safe and secure housing to sustain health and well-being and to enable social and economic participation; however, the Tasmanian community faces a shortage of affordable housing. Housing stress impacts on a quarter of the State’s low income households.1 According to 2011 Census data, 14,618 households are in housing stress. Read the full submission…

Budget Estimates Questions and Responses, June 2016

We welcome the commitment of an additional $60m over three years to support Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy, 2015-2025. Is this funding on top of previous funds allocated in the 2015-16 Budget for capital and recurrent funding to implement the Strategy? The $20 million allocated in the budget for FY 16/17 is additional to the $11.2 million for Housing – New …

Rental Affordability Index

Shelter Australia, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning have formed a partnership to develop and release the Rental Affordability Index (RAI). The RAI is intended to complement the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) developed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Housing Industry Association (HIA). It is an easy to understand indicator of rental affordability applied to geographic areas …

Letter to the Editor – June 15th 2016 (The Mercury)

  Letter to the Editor – June 15th 2016 Shelter Tas is concerned at recent comments by Terry Ryder that Hobart is affordable and his suggestion that “people just had to be prepared to make sacrifices.” (Taxes blamed for house price crisis, June 10th). While housing in Tasmania is cheaper than on the mainland, incomes are also lower, making our …

Tas Government Budget Initiatives and Priorities (Factsheets)

The Tasmanian Government is providing an additional $60 million over three years in this year’s budget to support Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-2025 and its commitments under the Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015-2019. A total investment of $178.6 million in 2016-17 will improve housing affordability and help those most vulnerable to housing stress and homelessness. In 2016-17, 624 new houses …