More Work to be Done to Address Affordable Housing and Homelessness

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has released an interim report highlighting the progress made towards COAG’s key commitments across the National Agreements and National Partnership Agreements.

Of particular interest to Shelter WA is the reporting on the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). The outlook for the NAHA is discouraging, with only one of the four benchmarks on track.

In particular the percentage of low-income renters in rental stress rose nationally between 2007-2008 and 2011-12, compared with the benchmark of a 10% reduction. There was also an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness between 2006 and 2011. There has been a slight reduction in the proportion of Indigenous households living in overcrowded situations, which is encouraging as this is a particular concern for WA.

The chart below provides a summary of the NAHA Benchmarks.

The NPAH interim results are more promising, but still show a significant shortfall in service delivery compared to demand. The first milestone has been completed by each state, however the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data shows a growth in clients with unmet needs for accommodation services. 

The above images are taken directly from the Council of Australian Governments: Report on Performance 2015.

The full report can be downloaded here.