Everyone has a right to a safe, secure and affordable place to call home
Many people on low to moderate incomes in Western Australia live in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, impacting on their ability to meet other essential basic living costs. Despite a recent drop in rental prices, rents remain unaffordable for many people on low incomes. The cost of saving a deposit and buying a house is out of reach for many with the cost of purchase around 7 times the average annual income.
Shelter WA believes that it is unacceptable that homelessness remains persistent across our State, with more than 9,000 people experiencing homelessness every night, and another 7,000 people living in insecure housing, one step away from homelessness. Homelessness does not discriminate. Whilst Aboriginal people, seniors and young people, and people fleeing family and domestic violence are more likely to be homeless, it touches people of all ages, genders, cultures and regions.
Ending homelessness and addressing WA's housing affordability issues can be achieved. With the right policy settings and collective goodwill we can have a society where everybody has a safe and secure place to call home.
Shelter WA provides a strong, recognised voice that advocates for affordable, appropriate and accessible housing for all. We work with our members and partners to achieve this goal.
Briefing on Strata Reform Regulations
Come and hear from Landgate’s Strata Reform Team on the latest draft regulations for:
• Leasehold schemes
• Seller Disclosure
• Staged subdivision
• Dispute resolution
The aim of these reforms are to deliver greater housing diversity, affordability and choice, and make more efficient use of land and services for Western Australians.
These reforms will see the introduction of two new forms of strata ownership to WA - Leasehold and Community schemes.
Leasehold schemes will provide greater options for the delivery of affordable housing trough a new type of strata giving freehold land owners an opportunity to develop land. This is of particular benefit to organisations such as churches and universities who need to retain ownership of their land and make it available for development. Community schemes will provide for greater co-ordination of development, at scale with a framework to ensure the best possible outcomes for mixed use development, specifically addressing issues around different uses and sharing of facilities.
Also under the reforms there are new termination processes for tenants.
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Have Your Say
Did you know the Local Government Act is being reviewed?
Local Government plays a critical role in delivering an effective housing system through the Local Government Act and other instruments such as their Town Planning Schemes, local laws and administration of the Public Health Act.
The review of the Local Government Act is proposing significant reforms to community engagement, elections and the ways Local Government raise revenue including rates and the establishment of beneficial enterprises. Shelter WA, working closely with the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA WA), will put forward a submission into the review of the Local Government Act covering all aspects that impact on social and affordable housing and homelessness.
CHIA WA and Shelter WA are conducting a joint survey on the potential impact on the community sector if rate exemptions were abolished. We’re after examples, case studies and financial costings of how the current rates exemptions supports providers to deliver affordable and social housing in WA.
Agencies only need to complete one survey.
Please complete the survey by clicking on this link and send any additional information and responses to Lisa Kazalac, Consultant Policy and Advocacy by Friday, 25 January 2019 to email@example.com.
If you’d like to make a submission yourself directly to the review please go to the Departments website: www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/lgareview.
We look forward to your response which will inform our submission.
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.
Looking for accommodation?
Shelter WA is not a provider of accommodation. If you are seeking emergency accommodation, please call Entrypoint Perth on (08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.
For information on available housing supports across Western Australia, please visit our online support services directory, Housing Options & Resources.
Shelter WA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.