New South Wales government handed down the State budget today. It was encouraging to see the additional investment to address rough sleeping in NSW with $57 million for Together Home program. However, it was disappointing to see the lack of investment on housing support for older people.
We are encouraged by the $2.9 billion investment to fast-track housing delivery by the Queensland government in yesterday’s state budget. This includes $1 billion set aside for Housing Investment Fund, a long-term fund that will drive new supply to support current and future housing need.
We are currently doing a mix of working from home and face-to-face work. We are an “essential service” however the Ross House building is still closed to the public, and we have adjusted our service according to changing government guidelines. See this post for more details.
HAAG has been advocating for universal housing design principles to be included in building standards for many years. On 30 April, we were excited to learn that the building ministers listened, and made the landmark decision to improve housing accessibility for decades to come.
HAAG released a report today comparing the experiences of tenants who live in public housing with those who live in community housing, finding that there are significant differences for tenants in exercising their rights. The report compares the regulatory frameworks of housing owned and managed by the State Government, with housing managed by not-for-profit community housing providers.