Housing and homelessness policy in Australia comes at a critical juncture. Housing stress has reached historic highs, there is a severe shortage of social housing and a growing number of low-income households are excluded from the private rental market. In this context, the federal government is developing a new National Housing and Care Agreement (NHHA) that will replace existing national agreements, which make funds available to state and territorial governments for housing and homelessness programs. We support the development of a new agreement that will provide the coordination, resources and political leaders we urgently need to tackle carelessness and homelessness in housing. However, we do not believe that the current bill forms the basis for this coordinated and coherent national approach. The proposed legal framework involves a number of risks and gaps and requires substantial revisions. Topics included the National Agreement on Housing and Homelessness; complete the Equality Pay Order (ERO); data on international students who have access to homeless services; social housing; coverage of homelessness during the pandemic; empty dwellings; The first housing policy; the Safe Places Program and the provision of grants. Under the NHHA, state and territory governments are responsible for setting priorities and the nature and location of funded services. National and territorial governments also take decisions regarding social and community housing, including the construction, allocation and renovation of housing. Under the NHHA, to secure funding, state and territory governments must have publicly accessible housing and homelessness strategies and help improve data collection and reporting.
Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that the new legislation will improve accountability or transparency when it comes to the use of taxpayers` money. Since the NHHA is being developed, it requires little more from state and territory governments than to develop an annual housing plan and an annual homelessness plan to provide better data and reports on housing-related activities. The Committee on Community Affairs estimates that the 2020-21 hearings took place on the 29th by Senator Hon Anne Ruston, Minister of Social Affairs, on homelessness and affordable housing and the role played by the Commonwealth in assisting states and territories in the response to homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, the Commonwealth government abolished the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and replaced it with the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), citing inequity in addressing homelessness and increasing the affordability of housing. Starting in 2018-19, the Commonwealth will provide state and territory governments with an estimated $1,536 million (exclusive to GST), with the Commonwealth`s 2019-20 financial contribution being consistently indexed and indexed annually. The agreement expires on 30 The written agreement of the Commonwealth and the States is replaced by the written agreement of the Commonwealth and the States for an additional period of five years. NHFIC will manage the affordable housing bond aggregator to provide lower-cost, longer-term financing to multi-unit housing providers. The bill also fails to guarantee the adequacy and security of funding, and funding risks being suspended if the tight deadline for negotiating agreements with state and territory governments is not met. .