Policy, Research & Advocacy

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




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