Shelter WA's research, policy development and advocacy, undertaken in collaboration with members and key partners, has been successful in driving affordable housing and homelessness issues in Western Australia. Examples include:
Securing Commonwealth investment in affordable housing and homelessness services and programs
- Advocated and secured Commonwealth investment in social housing and homelessness services. The 2017/18 Commonwealth budget includes a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) replacing NAHA and NPAH. This new Agreement provides funding certainty for three years for homelessness services. The budget also establishes a National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to operate the affordable housing bond aggregator which was a key Shelter WA policy position that has been adopted.
Engagement Forums to drive policy, research and advocacy
- Sector engagement to develop Shelter WA's policy priorities over the next three years.
- State election campaign and forum focussing on affordable housing and homelessness issues; Forum about the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing; Co-convened a public forum about NDIS and housing; workshop about housing and mental health issues. Held an Inter-sector Breakfast bringing together industry, government, research institutions and the non government sector to look at affordable housing solutions for WA. Ongoing engagement through co-chairing the Housing Advisory Round-table (HART) and Shelter WA Advisory Committee on Homelessness.
Influencing State and National Debates about Affordable Housing
- Undertook research and consultation and wrote submissions to key Commonwealth inquiries including: the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform; the Council on Federal Financial Relations; and the Australian Government Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper. Key State submissions included: a Pre-Budget Submission in advance of the WA State Budget 2017-18; Department of Commerce Boarders and Lodgers Review; Housing Authority Seniors Housing Strategy Discussion Paper and State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes.
Shelter WA Research Reports & Other Publications
- Seniors Housing Strategy Project - 2016
- Preventing and Responding to Homelessness in the City of Joondalup - 2015
- Peel Secure Housing & Employment Support Project - 2015
- Preventing Homelessness Among Seniors - 2015
- Shelter WA Advocacy Snapshot - 2015