National Council Meeting

National Shelter Council Meeting | March 7 & 8 Sydney.

It’s timely representatives of each State and Territory Shelter Association would meet ahead of this year’s federal election. With stories about negative gearing appearing daily and with an election due in May, policy dominated first day discussions.

This was an opportunity for the National Council to fine tune National Shelter’s pre-election policy platform and consider activities state and territory Shelters could undertake to ensure social and affordable housing and homelessness are prominent.

Senator Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, addressed the National Council meeting by outlining Labor’s plans to facilitate the supply of 250,000 new affordable and social homes. Senator Cameron emphasised Labor considers housing to be a form of critical infrastructure reflecting a position long held by National Shelter.

Members of National Council discussed ALP pre-election policy positions with Senator Cameron.

Topics included:

• The need for a national housing Minister and National strategy
• Labor’s policy to harness the community housing sector to increase affordable housing supply
• Taxation reform
• The role of state and local governments
• How superannuation funds could drive investment into affordable housing supply, and;
• The role land use planning plays to increase affordable supply.

A housing roundtable was held in the afternoon where Council agreed upon steps and resourcing to develop a National Housing Strategy. Participants heard from representatives from the Tenants' Union who highlighted multiple reasons why tenancy reform must be included in a National Housing Strategy, as well as need for strengthened tenant engagement and advocacy engagement.

“With the federal election campaign warming up this was a great opportunity for Shelter WA to contribute to the National Shelter pre-election strategy, and to put WA issues squarely on the map," Shelter WA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Mackenzie said. “It is great to part of a strong national network which harnesses the skills and expertise from across Australia to contribute to our national policy positions.”

For information on the National Shelter policy platform please click here.

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