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Contribute to housing and homelessness advocacy

Shelter WA is in the process of revising our policy priorities outlook for 2016-2019, and would like to generate discussion among stakeholders about policy areas to focus on this year.  Our policy priorities outlook needs to respond to a changing economic and political landscape so we can maximise our capacity to influence the provision of accessible, affordable, appropriate and secure housing and the elimination of homelessness for all West Australians.

You can read the entire 2016 Policy Priorities Stakeholder Consultation Paper here. 

These priorities will guide our advocacy agenda in an important year, and Shelter WA will be seeking to work closely with our stakeholders to be influential in State and Federal elections, as well as harnessing sector engagement in the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy.  In addition, this policy priorities outlook will underpin our advocacy in meetings with government and parliamentarians, and will inform our submissions and media commentary.

In a survey at the end of 2015, stakeholders indicated they would like Shelter WA to focus its advocacy on the following areas:

  • Funding for crisis and transitional accommodation
  • Growth of the community housing sector
  • Roles and responsibilities of State and Federal governments in housing and homelessness
  • Improved housing opportunities for Aboriginal peoples
  • Planning regulations that impact housing affordability
  • Affordability in regional WA
  • Institutional investment in the private rental sector
  • Tax settings that impact housing affordability

Do you agree with the priority areas above?  If not, what other areas of housing policy do you believe Shelter WA should focus on?

Are there specific advocacy issues you think Shelter WA should focus on, given the constrained economic environment and upcoming State and Federal elections?




1 Comment

  1. Shelter WA would encourage your comments and feedback on our policy priorities 2016-2019.  The next twelve months are significant with both a State and Federal election looming.  This provides us with the opportunity to advocate for improved housing outcomes for people and very low to moderate incomes, and for increased support to address and prevent homelessness.  I look forward to going through the feedback from all our stakeholders