Homeless NSW South Coast woman calls for more action on housing crisis after Premier visits region

Robyn Goodsell has always believed the public housing system is “broken”, especially after experiencing homelessness herself.     Key points: Robyn Goodsell, 54, is living in a tent after working her whole life Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher says he’s “sick of” election promises Cr Hatcher met with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet last Friday to discuss housing issues Now, after dedicating decades … Read more

Meriton email leak: Woman’s rent increases $12k overnight

A Sydney influencer has revealed how her rent increased by an eye-watering sum overnight, after a “shady” email from apartment giant Meriton was leaked. Milly Rose Bannister was commenting on an internal email which surfaced online last week in which the country’s biggest apartment developer instructed employees to take advantage of the current market to … Read more

Is there a role for ‘meanwhile use’ in responding to the NSW housing crisis?

As the housing crisis grows in New South Wales, experts say thousands of vacant homes awaiting development could be transitioned into “meanwhile use” accommodation. Key points: A state parliamentary inquiry has recommended the government consider developing a frame work for “meanwhile use” in its response to the housing crisis “Meanwhile use” is an innovative housing model that utilises a vacant … Read more

Australia’s rental crisis to worsen with 6600 affordable homes lost

Australians are already being hit with unsustainable rent increases and a lack of homes on the market, but there are warnings the rental crisis is set to deepen as 6600 homes across the country will no longer be part of a rental affordability scheme. There are fears more Aussies could be pushed into homelessness as … Read more

Social housing tenant forced to stay in home where she can’t use bathroom, as sector cries out for funding

Shelly Mussig moved back into her house last month. She didn’t want to. Key points: Social housing tenants are waiting years for repairs or having disability modification requests rejected Huge waitlists mean tenants cannot easily find more suitable homes Providers say limited funding makes it difficult to maintain old housing stock The back door is … Read more

Labor’s first budget back in government will make income inequality worse, and the stage 3 tax cuts are mainly to blame

The financial benefits of the Albanese government’s major tax and welfare policies will flow overwhelmingly to Australia’s richest households, making income inequality worse. Key points: High income couples with children will get $9,763 a year Lowest income couples with children will only get $194 The stage 3 tax cuts are driving the unequal financial benefits Those are the … Read more

Federal budget to include plan to build 1 million homes by end of the decade, as Labor seeks to mitigate housing crisis

A plan to build 1 million new homes by the end of the decade as part of a historic deal between the federal government, states, private investors and the construction sector, will be revealed in tonight’s federal budget as Labor seeks to mitigate the nation’s housing crisis. Key points: Treasurer Jim Chalmers hands down his first … Read more

National Rental Affordability Scheme’s end prompting homelessness fears for single mother

Melanie Richardson’s fear that she might end up living in a car with her two autistic children in central Queensland is never far from mind. Key points: The final properties subsidised by the federal NRAS program exit the scheme in 2026 The program launched in 2008 but was axed by the former Liberal government during 2014 … Read more

More affordable housing coming for regional Victoria as government commits $219 million to new builds

Hundreds of new affordable properties will be built in regional Victoria to help address the growing demand for social housing. Key points: The $219 million in grants will deliver 683 new affordable social houses in regional Victoria More than 64,304 households are on Victoria’s social housing waiting list The opposition calls it “a drop in … Read more

Hobart’s suburbs facing significant demand for social housing as some applicants fear they’re ‘lost in the system’

Hobart’s outer northern and southern suburbs are experiencing significant demand for social and public housing — far outstripping supply — including hundreds of applications for family-size houses. Key points: Housing Connect data shows significant demand for three and four-bedroom social housing in Glenorchy and other northern suburbs of Hobart One social housing applicant said she had been … Read more