2017 Federal Budget responses

Budget 2017-18 Fact Sheets
Federal Government

Infographic: Budget 2017 at a glance
The Conversation – Jenni Henderson & Wes Mountain

Homelessness will continue to rise under unfair Budget
Homelessness Australia

Budget 2017: government still tinkering with housing affordability
The Conversation – Richard Holden

Another lost opportunity for housing affordability

Budget needs a sharper policy scalpel to help first home buyers
The Conversation – Rachel Ong

Budget’s housing affordability measures welcomed
CHIA – CEO Peta Winzar

Is this the budget that forgot renters?
The Conversation – Emma Power

Making Super Available To Buy A House Is A Terrible Idea
Manager of policy at the McKell Institute- Edward Cavanough

Bond aggregator helps build a more virtuous circle of housing investment
The Conversation – Julie Lawson

Federal budget 2017 lacks the silver bullet needed to slay Australia’s housing vampire
ABC – Michael Janda

PwC Australia Partner, Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Amy Brown explains how the Federal Budget 2017-18 will affect our housing market and the affordability in a quick video explainer here and for the fuller text breakdown, click here

Federal budget 2017: Will Scott Morrison deliver more housing for Australia’s poorest?
ABC – Norman Hermant

Have your say

What can be done to improve housing affordability?
The New South Wales Government recognises housing affordability as one of the most important issues for the future of the state. To help address this issue, institute for active policy Global Access Partners (GAP) is hosting an online consultation on Open Forum to give the community an opportunity to voice their opinions and suggest possible solutions.

We invite your comments on the following:
Q: What can be done to improve housing affordability?

The housing affordability consultation is open to the general public including homeowners, future homebuyers, tenants, developers, real estate agents, lawyers and academics who have experience and understanding of the issues facing those seeking to purchase property. Larger organisations and key stakeholder bodies are also invited to contribute.

Please submit your comment here. Contributions close Thursday 8 June, 2017 at midday AEST.


ChildStory is on track for implementation throughout NSW in 2017.
The ChildStory IT system will be introduced to the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) districts and state-wide services, including the Child Protection Helpline, over a five-week period in October–November 2017. E-reporting for mandatory reporters will also become functional through the Reporter Community at this time.
ChildStory’s Partner Community will be introduced to non-government child protection service providers, police, and the health and education sectors in early 2018. It will replace the Contracting Portal for all service providers with some additional functionality for out-of-home care service providers and targeted services (Brighter Futures, Youth Hope, Intensive Family Preservation and Intensive Family Based Services).
Other functionality to come on board in early 2018 includes:
•    a mobile application for FACS caseworkers
•    interactivity for young people through YOU
•    interactivity for family and carers through the Caring Community.
The timing is later than previously predicted but this will ensure the system is the best it can be, including rigorous testing, before caseworkers start using it. The child protection work we do is critical to the lives of children at risk of significant harm, so we need to make sure any new system is robust before we implement it.
At the same time as the ChildStory IT system is being built, we will continue our awareness briefings with FACS staff, non-government service providers and other government agencies. These briefings will become a series of ChildStory training experiences in the run up to implementation.
There will be dedicated support services for ChildStory from implementation.
More information is available here

Upcoming Events

Unaffordable Sydney: a crisis housing situation (FREE)
SGS, National Shelter, Community Sector Banking
Tue. 16 May 2017. 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
377 Sussex Street, Sydney

Community Housing Transfers – what’s it all about? 
A joint Tenants Union NSW and Shelter NSW Forum
Want to register? Click on the approriate link below.
•    Coffs Harbour (22 May)
•    Sydney (14 June)
Who should attend? We strongly encourage public housing tenants, community housing providers (and potential providers), government agencies involved in the transfer, and those with an interest in consulation and social housing policy to attend.
Cost: $30 (social housing tenants are free of charge)

New housing checklist to help older people into right homes

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, today announced the University of Newcastle will receive $25,000 from the NSW Government to help older people choose suitable housing.
The funds will enable the University of Newcastle to develop an easy-to-use housing decision checklist. The list will help seniors identify housing features that foster better health and wellbeing, while also maintaining greater community connections for older people.
“The checklist will be piloted and evaluated with older people living in the Newcastle area,” Mrs Davies said.
The grant is part of the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities Grants program, which will provide $4 million over four years for innovative, locally driven projects that make communities more inclusive for older people.
Organisations with ideas that foster a more liveable community for older people are encouraged to apply for the next round of Liveable Communities Grants.

Applications open on the FACS website mid-2017. For more information visit facs.nsw.gov.au.

First tranche of social and affordable housing fund homes ready for tenants

The first homes delivered as part of the first phase of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) scheme are now ready for tenants to move in, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced today.
In March Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Ms Goward announced the five successful providers to deliver homes and wraparound support services in metropolitan and regional NSW under the first phase of the fund.
This first tranche of homes consists of 33 dwellings owned by Uniting for people aged over 55 without children at home. These homes are in 18 different local government areas across NSW, and will be made available to tenants who will be drawn from the NSW Housing Register.
“This is an important first step and milestone towards providing more social and affordable homes for vulnerable people and families across NSW while also enabling increased independence, which is a key focus of the SAHF,” Ms Goward said.
“It will be a wonderful moment when the first tenants move in over the coming weeks and they will be the first of many under this great initiative.”
Uniting has committed to providing 300 homes for people aged over 55 without children at home under the SAHF scheme.
The SAHF is one of the key priorities of the Future Directions social housing reforms, and will deliver an additional 2,200 social and affordable homes in metropolitan and regional NSW over the next four years.
The SAHF fund was set-up with $1.1 billion in seed capital from the NSW Government. The Government’s investment arm, TCorp, is investing the money to provide a stable income stream for up to 25 years to boost social and affordable housing across the state.

Reports Released

Faith and Belief in Australia
McCrindle – May 2017

2017 Rental Affordability Snapshot
Anglicare Australia – April 2017

Ready for growth? Inquiry into Australia’s affordable housing industry capacity
AHURI – April 2017

Sydney’s growing economy – Who is being left behind?
SGS Economics & Planning – May 2017

A place for everyone: Tackling Sydney’s affordable housing crisis
PwC Australia – March 2017

NSW Economic Update – Autumn 2017 – Statistical Indicators 02/17
NSW Parliamentary Research Service – Chris Angus – April 2017

Review of rent models for social and affordable housing
IPART – April 2017

Renewing Australia’s Promise – Report Card 2016
Foundation for Young Australians – 2016

Interesting Reading

I apologise for the length of this section, but there were so many good articles on housing affordability in the last quarter. Let me know here if you would like me to send out a monthly digest of articles that may be useful to you.

Understanding Inclusionary zoning

Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull
The Conversation – Alan Duncan & Rebecca Cassells

Disadvantaged should rate higher than rich and powerful
The Age – Ross Gittins

Can someone please get this to the Treasurer before Tuesday?
LinkedIn – Amy Brown

When it comes to housing affordability debates, everything old is new again
The Conversation – Rae Dufty-Jones

Four ways an Australian housing bubble could burst
The Conversation – Jenni Henderson & Wes Mountain

The five charts that prove there is a housing affordability crisis
SMH – Jessica Irvine and Matt Wade

We need a fairer plan for Sydney’s housing affordability problem
SMH – Nick Greiner

‘I’m not doing this any more': the rush to escape Sydney’s mad house prices
Guardian – Elle Hunt

Budget 2017: Don’t bet the house on Scott Morrison doing anything on housing affordability
ABC news – Ian Verrender

City of Sydney’s proposal to force developers to contribute to affordable housing
SMH – Lisa Visentin

Why older Australians don’t downsize and the limits to what the government can do about it
The Conversation – Brendan Coates & John Daly

Community resistance is impacting the supply of affordable housing, experts say
Domain – Kate Burke

Can Institutional Funding be Channelled into Rental Housing?
CityFuturesBlog – Chris Martin

Multi-family: Salta to create Melbourne’s first high-rise rental tower
Financial Review – Larry Schlesinger

Government urged to prioritise housing affordability for low-income Australians
The Guardian – Christopher Knaus

Rising population won’t prevent 7 per cent housing slump, says Citi
SMH – Matthew Dunckley

When a suburb’s turn for gentrification comes …
The Conversation – Sidh Sintusingha

Developers need incentives to build affordable housing, industry says
SMH – Lisa Visentin

Affordable housing is not just about the purchase price
The Conversation – Mark Gibbs

The green, amber and red of housing affordability policies
SMH – Matt Wade & Jessica Irvine

For renters, making housing more affordable is just the start
The Conversation – Emma Power

We’ve had a major housing crisis before – and this is how they fixed it
SMH – Rae Dufty-Jones

Housing: Affordable rentals at all-time low, Anglicare report finds
ABC – Nick Grimm

Housing affordability: thoughts for the Federal Treasurer from someone who cares
PwC – Amy Brown

5 ways we could make buying a house more doable
ABC – Michael Collett

Housing affordability: international insights on achieving affordability with quality density
University of Sydney – Professor Richard Peiser

Homelessness body warns of ‘disaster’ if Morrison scraps housing agreement
The Guardian – Calla Wahlquist

Greater Sydney Speaks!

Sydney Alliance

Churches Housing Inc. has joined with another 120 faith, union and community organisations under the Sydney Alliance to deliver a submission regarding the Draft District Plans, to the Greater Sydney Commission.

Please take a moment to read the submission here. The diversity of signatories at the end of the submission is substantial and powerful.

Please stay tuned to this page for further opportunities to influence the Greater Sydney Commission and the NSW Minister for Housing.