Our new outpost in NSW, meetings in Queensland, and plans for the next At Risk forum.

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.

In response to the latest COVID restrictions, HAAG has signed this joint letter with the Renters and Housing Union in support of assistance for older renters, casual workers and homeless people.

In our pre-budget submission we call on the Federal Government to increase the availability of safe, affordable and appropriate housing for older people at risk of and/or experiencing homelessness, invest in service systems to support older people before they reach crisis, invest in support for older people with a lived experience to have a voice in aged care, and invest in support for existing Assistance with Care and Housing (ACH) providers to transition to the care finder model, through the Primary Health Networks.

Read the pre-budget submission

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.