Do you think government needs to take more action to provide safe, secure and affordable housing? Do you want to take action on housing issues affecting older people? Do you have ideas about how housing services could better assist older people? Are you worried about the housing situation of the future? Call 03 9654 7389 - Interpreters available
The Federal Election is coming up! It's a great opportunity to call on the Government to invest in more housing and services for older people. Take action by emailing, writing, sharing your stories, meeting your MPs - and getting ready to vote to change the system.
HAAG is demanding more safe, affordable and appropriate housing, more services and supports for older people, and to address ageism and gender inequality. Read our full list of demands
Download election campaign materials:
Federal Election Policy Platform - HAAG's election demands in a simple to understand format.
Election Scorecard - print this and hand out to your friends and family, at train stations or even at polling booths!
Letter to candidates requesting a meeting - speaking to your candidates face to face is a great way to raise awareness of the issues, and we can help! Use this letter, and if your request for a meeting is granted, let us know and we will assist you to prepare. This handy toolkit can also help you to prepare
The 'At Risk' forums in 2020 and 2021 were a clarion call for political action.
As we heard from Tanya Plibersek MP at the At Risk Forum in 2021:
Now is the time to take action
HAAG is involved in many projects that seek to improve older peoples housing outcomes through better access, increased options and improved services. See all our projects and get involved
HAAG facilitate various meetings where groups of like-minded members work together to form policy submissions, recommendations and inform services working with older people. The lobbying of HAAG working groups has successfully created changes in government policy. Join a working group!
Members are the backbone of all the work HAAG does. By becoming a member you'll receive regular updates on how to get involved, and be invited to be part of decision making, working groups, and campaigns. Membership is FREE, and its the best way to support and get involved with HAAG. Join HAAG here
We have been working to highlight the impact of inadequate housing for older people on the health crisis we are facing during the COVID19 pandemic. Housing is a health issue! Read our Covid19 Policy Brief
We often make submissions to Government inquiries and reviews, for example, Parliamentary Inquiries and reviews of legislation. Our submissions are always based on members stories, client data and case studies, and are often developed with our working groups, so by sharing your story or becoming a working group member you can really help! Read our latest submissions
Find your local member and let them know what you think about the homelessness crisis
Victorian State Members - search here
Federal members - search here
The Victorian government is selling off 9 public housing sites and transfer the management of the public housing properties to private enterprise. This would increase the pool of public housing stock by just 1100 properties and would come at the cost of 9 parcels of prime land that can never again be used for public development. Where will the rest of the public housing we need be built when this land is gone?
On top of the sell-off, the proposal is to transfer the management of the public housing stock to the private sector. We have seen this privatisation slowly happen over the last 16 years. We know that it doesn’t work. Get involved in the campaign to Save Public Housing.
Are shocked by the revelations unscrupulous retirement housing operators exposed on Four Corners? Sadly, the issues raised are not new, but there is a way forward, and we need your help. Take action on Retirement Housing
Residential Tenancies Act Reforms
We did it! The rental reforms bill passed thanks to your lobbying!
A huge thank you to members of HAAG's Retirement Accommodation Action Group group, members of the HAAG Committee of Management and the Wantirna Caravan Park Action Group who wrote letters and called MPs and literally helped get the bill through parliament.
During the debate on the RTA Amendment Bill, HAAG and Wantirna Residents Action Group got a mention by Upper House MP Rachel Carling-Jenkings, who had the deciding vote on the matter. See below for the Hansard quote:
"Dr CARLING-JENKINS (Western Metropolitan) (15:21)
I want to set out that I appreciate the letter I received from the Wantirna Residents Action Group, who have, in their words, ‘endured emotional, financial and physical stress’ after the closure of the Wantirna Park caravan park. They urged me to support the bill so the owners of homes in remaining residential caravan parks in Victoria do not suffer the same fate as the residents of Wantirna Park.
Then I found a really interesting submission to me from the Housing for the Aged Action Group that I found very informative. I obviously know a lot more about the disability area, but the aged action group was very informative. They said: Over-55s are the fastest growing segment of the Victorian rental market, and these changes —referring to the changes in the bill and in particular to improving security of tenure by removing no-reason notices to vacate and introducing rights to install grab rails and other disability modifications —will help ensure pensioners are able to age in place, preventing premature entry to residential aged care.
I thank them for their submission".
Keep up to date with the latest on the reforms on the Make Renting Fair website.
For background information on the issue, you can read our media release here.
HAAG values any media opportunity that raises awareness of housing issues. We have featured on national TV, have positions on local radio and have featured in various newspapers. We have also produced our own films. HAAG Clients and members are supported to tell their stories when media opportunities arise.
Housing for the Aged Action Group is a not for profit community group dedicated to improving housing outcomes for older people. As the only organisation of its kind in Australia and with over 30 years experience taking action, HAAG is the voice on housing for older people.
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