National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review

The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) commenced on Sunday, 1 July 2018 and provides around $1.6 billion each year to states and territories to improve access to secure and affordable housing across the housing spectrum.

NHHA funding includes $129 million set aside for homelessness services in 2020-21 which is required to be matched by states and territories. Bilateral Agreements under the NHHA expire at the end of 2022-23 with further funding subject to negotiation.

The Review

On Monday, 13 December 2021 the Productivity Commission announced its intention to review the NHHA agreement and have provided Terms of Reference. An issues paper will be released in December 2021.

The intent of the review is to consider:

• the effectiveness and appropriateness of the objectives, outcomes and outputs of the NHHA
• the extent to which the NHHA is meeting its objectives to improve access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing, prevent and address homelessness and support social and economic participation
• evidence of the NHHA contributing to achieving the NHHA outcomes and options to improve progress towards meeting these outcomes
• the adequacy and quality of the data and information reported under the NHHA to provide transparency and accountability in respect of housing and homelessness spending and identify options to improve the adequacy and quality and timeliness of data reported under the NHHA
• the effectiveness of the performance monitoring and reporting framework of the NHHA for measuring the outcomes achieved and ensuring transparency and accountability
• options to maximise the outcomes that can be achieved with the NHHA funding
• the suitability of the housing priority policy areas, national homelessness priority cohorts, and homelessness priority policy areas identified by the NHHA, and the extent they have been addressed
• the effectiveness of the NHHA data improvement outputs for achieving an improved, nationally consistent data set
• determine if the conditions to be eligible for funding under the NHHA are sufficient to achieve NHHA outcomes
• the extent to which the NHHA is meeting the obligations of governments under Australia’s Disability Strategy

Submissions

Submissions are due by Monday, 21 February 2022 and the Review’s final report is expected to be released by Thursday, 30 June 2022.

Shelter WA are looking to commission research to strengthen the knowledge base around the funding of homelessness services across Western Australia, including sources of funding for current specialist and non-specialist services and an estimation of unmet need.

This information, as well as advice from our members and findings from other research and reports, will be used to inform a submission to the Productivity Commission’s review early in the new year.