Shelter WA in Canberra

A push for for increased investment in social and affordable housing and homelessness services


Shelter WA went to Canberra to advocate for increased investment in social and affordable housing and homelessness services, with a particular focus on the needs of the Aboriginal community housing sector.

The visit provided an opportunity for a pre-briefing to the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians and the Hon. Luke Howarth MP, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services.

National Shelter pre-budget submission

These meetings provided a chance to outline investment opportunities to the Ministers from the National Shelter pre-budget submission and to advise them of an upcoming report on Aboriginal Housing and Health.

Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie was joined by National Shelter EO Adrian Pisarski, NT Shelter’s CEO Peter McMillan, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Authority representative Ivan Simon as well as Shelter WA Board Member and Chair of Noongar Mia Mia Gordon Cole and Shane Hamilton from PwC Indigenous Consulting.

National Housing and Homelessness Agreement

While in Canberra the group also met with staff from the office of the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP the Assistant Treasurer to discuss the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, including the critical need for the Commonwealth supplementary payment to continue throughout the Agreement’s term. Meetings were also held with senior staff in the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Department of Social Security to discuss social and affordable housing policy and investment.

A meeting with the Hon. Jason Clare MP the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness was held to understand Labor Housing policy.

New report on Aboriginal Housing and Health

The soon to be released Aboriginal Housing and Health report reviews housing policy and programs over the last twenty-five years and their intersection with health policy, to recommend housing policy solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for Indigenous people. It put forwards a case for a new ecological approach to housing and health investment exploring a new wealth creation framework, with Aboriginal people at the centre of their own housing future.

The report is led by Professor Kerry Arabena, Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Housing and Homelessness Strategy Steering Committee and Shane Hamilton from PwC Indigenous Consulting.

This work is a partnership between Shelter WA, National Shelter and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Authority supported by the Federal Department of Health.

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