Housing

Everybody should have access to adequate, appropriate and affordable housing. Government housing policies and programs should be based on the principle that housing assistance must be provided equitably to people in different forms of housing (home owners, private renters, public renters). 

 Read CPSA's full housing policy here


Pensioner homes safe?

SOME groups have been championing policies that could see pensioners being forced to leave their home or take out a costly reverse mortgage. The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence called for homes to be included in the pensioner asset test. This would mean that people with highly valued homes would receive a lower rate of the pension or wouldn't receive the pension at all.

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Opposition unimpressed by public housing stimulus

UNSURPRISINGLY, THE Opposition has criticised the Rudd Labor Government’s plans to boost public housing stock as part of its $42 billion stimulus package.

In February, the Rudd Government announced funding to increase the number of public housing units by approximately 20,000 and improve the condition of current stock as well.

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What a shemozzle: collecting community housing rents

by Andrew Boulton, Older Persons Tenants' Service

IN EARLY July 2008 Older Persons Tenants’ Service (OPTS) was contacted by Ms M. an elderly tenant of a community housing provider. She had received notification that the NSW Government was changing rent assessments for tenants in Community Housing because there is an income inequity between Housing NSW tenants (formerly Department of Housing) and tenants of community housing as community housing tenants are eligible for Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).

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Boost to public housing renovations

IN A BOOST to the public housing sector, the NSW Government has ordered 10 years' worth of renovations and upgrades to public housing to be conducted over the next two years.

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Affordable Housing still not cheap

Middle income earners could find more affordable housing under a new scheme agreed to in Parliament before Christmas.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAF) aims to provide 50,000 new rental dwellings over the next four years.

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