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The WA Housing Hub is designed to be an interactive online platform to foster the sharing of information, generate discussion and promote collaboration across the housing community.

This section provides a summary of the latest news, events and policy updates relating to the WA affordable housing and homelessness sectors. If your organisation would like to share articles, reports, new housing and support service updates and information please contact us through info@wahousinghub.org.au. Shelter WA also sends out a fortnightly electronic newsletter available to everyone through the 'sign up' button at the bottom of this page.

Service Priority Review Final Report Released

The final report for the Service Priority Review was released on 6 December. Shelter WA responded to this review, providing a submission and presenting evidence to the review team about system reform opportunities.

Shelter WA is encouraged by the high level recommendations set out in the final report, including improving engagement with the community, regulatory approaches that are outcomes-focused, and the strengthening data sharing across government, among others.

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Shelter WA recommendations taken up by Automatic Rent Deduction Inquiry

The Inquiry into the ‘Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017’, related to Automatic Rent Deductions for social housing tenants, was tabled on 6 December 2017.

While the Senate Standing Committee has recommended the passing of the Bill, with dissenting reports from Labor and the Greens, and against the support of Shelter WA, we are pleased that some key recommendations from our submission have been included as recommendations.

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Sukkar announces Australian Government guarantee on bonds for affordable housing

On Friday, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar presented at the National Housing Conference in Sydney to announced a government guarantee on bonds for affordable housing development.

“The announcement went largely unreported, but it was significant. The guarantee is a crucial piece of the affordable housing policy architecture, complementing the “bond aggregator” (or intermediary) mechanism announced in the budget. Treasurer Scott Morrison and Treasury officials have been working on this intermediary, a National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), over the past 18 months.”

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