State Planning Provisions Review – Scoping Issues, Shelter Tas Submission

Shelter Tas welcomes the opportunity to respond to the State Planning Provisions Review scoping paper. This is an opportunity to make an important difference to Tasmania’s planning rules. Good planning is essential to ensure that all Tasmanians can find the homes they need, including facilitating an adequate supply of social and affordable homes. With the current twenty-year Tasmanian Housing Strategy …

Shelter Tas Talking Point article – It’s time to end homelessness in Tasmania

Too many Tasmanians are facing the cold realities of housing hardship and homelessness this winter. The first week in August each year is national Homelessness Week, which aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and end it for good. This is more than just another week on the calendar, as we know that people are living with housing hardship …

Shelter Tas submission to the Consultation on the Draft Housing Tasmania Bill 2022

The draft Housing Tasmania Bill 2022 will establish a new statutory authority, currently named Housing Tasmania, which will be an entity in the Public Non-Financial Corporate Sector. This is a significant change for the Tasmanian housing and homelessness sector as the new agency will become the funding body for the majority of our members, including the specialist homelessness services and …

Monitoring the Impact of Short-Term Rentals on Tasmanian Housing Markets – Baseline Report

This independently funded report was commissioned by Shelter Tas and produced by Emeritus Professor Peter Phibbs. The baseline report is the first in a 3 year project, and future reports continuing this research will deliver a series of ongoing ‘real time’ snapshot reports of Tasmania’s short-term rental market and their impact on the overall Tasmanian housing markets. Read ‘Monitoring the …

Renters need safe and secure long-term solutions (Mercury Talking Point article)

It is always distressing to see people who are at risk of losing their stable rental homes. Too many Tasmanians are facing this trauma, with some recent examples highlighted due to the expiry of the National Rental Affordability Scheme. The Mercury and others have showcased the experiences of tenants who are losing their home of ten years. A program dedicated …

Shelter Tas Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Women’s Strategy, April 2022

Shelter Tas is Tasmania’s peak body for housing and homelessness services. Our members include all the Women’s Shelters, Specialist Homelessness Services and Community Housing Providers in Tasmania. We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback to the final stage of the development of the Tasmanian Women’s Strategy 2022-27 (the Strategy), noting that we provided a substantial submission in November 2021, arguing …

Shelter Tas submission to the Productivity Commission Review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, March 2022

Shelter Tas appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the Productivity Commission Review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). We support the submissions from national peak bodies National Shelter and the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), and our submission provides data from Tasmania, focusing on the critical shortage of affordable rental housing in Tasmania. In particular, we join the …

Policy Platform and Budget Submission, 2022-23

Tasmania’s Housing System faces systemic and structural challenges. House prices and rental costs are growing much faster than people’s incomes, with the worst impacts on those who can least afford higher prices. According to CoreLogic’s November 2021 report, Tasmania’s wages have seen the lowest increase in the country over the last 20 years, and house purchase prices have seen the …