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APPRENTICESHIPS CONTINUE TO FALL UNDER THE COALITION

APPRENTICESHIPS CONTINUE TO FALL UNDER THE COALITION
6 Dec 2018

The number of people undertaking an apprenticeship in Australia continues to freefall under the Coalition.

In the last financial year, there was a further 1 per cent decline in people undertaking an Australian apprenticeship, or 2755 fewer apprentices and trainees.

GOVERNMENT’S VET REVIEW DEADLINES ARE FARCICAL

GOVERNMENT’S VET REVIEW DEADLINES ARE FARCICAL
30 Nov 2018

The Government must explain how it expects interested parties to provide comprehensive submissions over the Christmas break to the first review of vocational education and training (VET) in more than 40 years.

GOVERNMENT’S VET REVIEW TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

GOVERNMENT’S VET REVIEW TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
29 Nov 2018

The Government’s announcement last night that it will conduct a review into Australia’s flailing vocational education and training (VET) system is a panicked response to a crisis of the Liberals’ own making.

GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLAIN WHY IT’S HIDING FROM SKILLS SCRUTINY

GOVERNMENT MUST EXPLAIN WHY IT’S HIDING FROM SKILLS SCRUTINY
21 Nov 2018

The Morrison Government must explain why it is hiding from an international assessment of numeracy and literacy skills held by Australian adults.

Labor has received advice that the Government has withdrawn Australia from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills.

LABOR PLAN TO BOOST TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS IN NORTHERN NSW

LABOR PLAN TO BOOST TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS IN NORTHERN NSW
21 Nov 2018

Young workers in Northern NSW will have new opportunities to build a career through Labor’s policy to revitalise TAFE and ensure that one in 10 jobs on federally-funded major infrastructure projects is filled by an Australian apprentice.

INDUSTRY NATIONAL HOUSING PLAN HIGLIGHTS COALITION INACTION

INDUSTRY NATIONAL HOUSING PLAN HIGLIGHTS COALITION INACTION
20 Nov 2018

Today’s launch of the Community Housing Industry Association’s national housing affordability plan highlights how little the Coalition has achieved on affordable housing.

COALITION’S ‘BUSH WAGE’ HAS GROUP TRAININING INDUSTRY ON EDGE

COALITION’S ‘BUSH WAGE’ HAS GROUP TRAININING INDUSTRY ON EDGE
2 Nov 2018

Skills Minister Michaelia Cash needs to reassure the group training industry and its employer partners that her ‘bush wage’ scheme will not cripple the group training sector.

PAULINE HANSON IN CHARGE OF COALTION SKILLS POLICY

PAULINE HANSON IN CHARGE OF COALTION SKILLS POLICY
1 Nov 2018

One Nation claiming credit for the Coalition’s so called ‘bush wage’ today just shows how beholden the Morrison Government is to the right wing fringe of Australian politics.

‘BUSH WAGE’ WON’T MAKE UP FOR 140,000 LOST APPRENTICESHIPS

‘BUSH WAGE’ WON’T MAKE UP FOR 140,000 LOST APPRENTICESHIPS
31 Oct 2018

The Coalition’s $60 million ‘bush wage’ announced in The Australian today is an ill-conceived Band-Aid on a vocational education system in crisis from the Liberal’s $3 billion cuts to the sector.

GOVERNMENT’S NDIS UNDERSPEND NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF

GOVERNMENT’S NDIS UNDERSPEND NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF
26 Sep 2018

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) underspend of $2.5 billion is not an achievement, but an admission that there are serious shortcomings in the Government’s roll out of the NDIS.

LABOR WELCOMES FEE WAIVER FOR DODGY STUDENT DEBTS

LABOR WELCOMES FEE WAIVER FOR DODGY STUDENT DEBTS
21 Sep 2018

Labor welcomes the Government’s decision to waive the debts of thousands of students ripped off by dodgy vocational education training providers.

VICTORIAN APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE PROPER RECOGNITION

VICTORIAN APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE PROPER RECOGNITION
19 Sep 2018

The Victorian Labor Government’s re-introduction of Trade Papers for apprentices who successfully complete their formal training is a positive step toward rebuilding our trade training system.

AIG REPORT CONFIRMS LIBERALS FUELLING SKILLS CRISIS

 AIG REPORT CONFIRMS LIBERALS FUELLING  SKILLS CRISIS
13 Sep 2018

A new Australian Industry Group report on chronic skills shortages confirms the Liberals are presiding over a skills crisis which is adversely impacting on Australian businesses and the economy.

CASH NEEDS TO FIX VET CRISIS WHEN SHE RETURNS FROM HANOI

CASH NEEDS TO FIX VET CRISIS WHEN SHE RETURNS FROM HANOI
12 Sep 2018

Michaelia Cash must turn her attention to Australia’s vocational education and training crisis when she returns from the ASEAN economic forum in Hanoi.

VALE LAURIE CARMICHAEL – VISIONARY TRADE UNION LEADER

VALE LAURIE CARMICHAEL – VISIONARY TRADE UNION LEADER
18 Aug 2018

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of trade unionist, visionary social reformer and giant of the Australian labour movement, Laurie Carmichael.

ROBODEBT ‘PAUSE’ DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH

ROBODEBT ‘PAUSE’ DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH
16 Aug 2018

The Turnbull Government has conceded that their expansion of Robodebt to the most vulnerable Australians was ill-considered and seriously risky.

TURNBULL WON’T FIX HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS CRISIS

TURNBULL WON’T FIX HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS CRISIS
6 Aug 2018

Labor Senator Doug Cameron will tell today’s National Homelessness Conference at the MCG that homelessness and housing affordability has reached crisis point across the nation.

DODGY PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS FLOURISH UNDER TURNBULL

DODGY PRIVATE TRAINING PROVIDERS FLOURISH UNDER TURNBULL
6 Aug 2018

News today that the Commonwealth Ombudsman has received 5,193 complaints about dodgy private training providers in just nine months should be a wake-up call for the Turnbull Government.

HOME OWNERSHIP GOING BACKWARDS UNDER TURNBULL

HOME OWNERSHIP GOING BACKWARDS UNDER TURNBULL
1 Aug 2018

Three new reports released this week have highlighted the Turnbull Government’s abject failures on housing affordability, home ownership and homelessness.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS TO ADDRESS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS TO ADDRESS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
1 Aug 2018

Today’s release of Mission Australia’s 2017 Youth Survey results is a reminder of the Turnbull Government’s failure to address housing affordability and homelessness for young people.

INQUIRY INTO EXPLOITATION OF CLEANERS IN DEVONPORT TODAY

INQUIRY INTO EXPLOITATION OF CLEANERS IN DEVONPORT TODAY
25 Jul 2018

A Senate inquiry into some of Tasmania’s lowest paid workers being systemically ripped off will convene in Devonport today.

INQUIRY INTO EXPLOITATION OF CLEANERS IN CABOOLTURE TODAY

INQUIRY INTO EXPLOITATION OF CLEANERS IN CABOOLTURE TODAY
19 Jul 2018

The Senate inquiry into the exploitation of contract cleaners working for large Australian retail chains will convene in Caboolture today.

LABOR’S $1.5 MILLION TO BUILD HOSPITAL TRAINING WARD AT CABOOLTURE TAFE

LABOR’S $1.5 MILLION TO BUILD HOSPITAL TRAINING WARD AT CABOOLTURE TAFE
10 Jul 2018

Labor will invest $1.5 million to build a brand new hospital training ward at Caboolture TAFE to skill up the nurses and health workers of tomorrow.

TURNBULL IGNORES EVIDENCE FOR TAX REFORM

TURNBULL IGNORES EVIDENCE FOR TAX REFORM
5 Jul 2018

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s latest findings on the interaction between tax policy and the housing market has provided yet more evidence that well designed tax reforms can make a significant contribution to improving housing affordability.

TWO YEARS SINCE THE ELECTION, TWO YEARS OF EDUCATION CUTS

TWO YEARS SINCE THE ELECTION, TWO YEARS OF EDUCATION CUTS
4 Jul 2018

Today marks two years since the last federal election, and two more years of Malcolm Turnbull’s devastating cuts to schools, TAFE, and unis.

BIRMINGHAM SKILLS DEAL WITH SOUTH AUSTRALIA NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

BIRMINGHAM SKILLS DEAL WITH SOUTH AUSTRALIA NOTHING TO CELEBRATE
8 Jun 2018

Simon Birmingham has announced that the South Australian government has signed onto the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) and describes it as ‘a landmark day’.

BIRMINGHAM’S LITANY OF TAFE CUTS, WASTE AND MISMANAGEMENT REVEALED AT ESTIMATES

BIRMINGHAM’S LITANY OF TAFE CUTS, WASTE AND MISMANAGEMENT REVEALED AT ESTIMATES
7 Jun 2018

Budget Estimates have revealed a litany of Liberal failures in vocational education and training, reaffirming their neglect of TAFE and the entire skills and training system.

ANOTHER BIRMINGHAM FAILURE ON APPRENTICESHIPS I.T. SYSTEM

ANOTHER BIRMINGHAM FAILURE ON APPRENTICESHIPS I.T. SYSTEM
18 May 2018

Simon Birmingham has to come clean and accept responsibility for the failure of the Australian Apprenticeships Management System (AAMS).

BUSINESS SLAMS TURNBULL’S INACTION ON APPRENTICES DECLINE

BUSINESS SLAMS TURNBULL’S INACTION ON APPRENTICES DECLINE
20 Apr 2018

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are right to be ramping up the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull on skills funding ahead of the 2019 Budget.

SLOMO JEOPARDISES NEW HOUSING INVESTMENT

SLOMO JEOPARDISES NEW HOUSING INVESTMENT
26 Mar 2018

SloMo has once again failed to deliver meaningful change for millions of Australians locked out of the property market.

LATEST APPRENTICE FIGURES SHOW CONTINUING DECLINE

LATEST APPRENTICE FIGURES SHOW CONTINUING DECLINE
14 Mar 2018

Apprentice and trainee numbers continue to fall under the Turnbull government, with no national agreement in place to arrest the precipitous decline.

FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN PLAN TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS AND ROUGH SLEEPING

FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN PLAN TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS AND ROUGH SLEEPING
15 Jan 2018

Federal Labor welcomes the announcement today of the Victorian Government’s new Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan.

MORE HOT AIR IN MYEFO BUT NO ACTION ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

MORE HOT AIR IN MYEFO BUT NO ACTION ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
19 Dec 2017

The 2017 MYEFO statement reveals the lack of Turnbull Government commitment and policy development in the housing and homelessness sector.

MYEFO DOES NOTHING FOR APPRENTICEHIPS AND PUTS AT RISK NAVAL SHIPBUILDING SKILLS

MYEFO DOES NOTHING FOR APPRENTICEHIPS AND PUTS AT RISK NAVAL SHIPBUILDING SKILLS
19 Dec 2017

The 2017 MYEFO statement does nothing to arrest the decline in skills and apprenticeships seen under the Turnbull government and Assistant Minister Karen Andrews.

ANOTHER YEAR OF LIBERAL FAILURE IN SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

ANOTHER YEAR OF LIBERAL FAILURE IN SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
15 Dec 2017

The Turnbull government, with Assistant Minister Karen Andrews at the helm, continues to provide no leadership in skills and apprenticeships, an area crucial to the nation’s future prosperity.

NEW FIGURES SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

NEW FIGURES SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
14 Dec 2017

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) figures for 2016-2017 on specialist homelessness services provide further evidence of the failure of the Turnbull government’s housing and homelessness policies.

INQUIRY INTO BUSINESS MISCONDUCT IN NATIONAL RENTAL AFFORDABILITY SCHEME

INQUIRY INTO BUSINESS MISCONDUCT IN NATIONAL RENTAL AFFORDABILITY SCHEME
14 Dec 2017

Labor notes the independent inquiry announced into business practices that threaten the integrity of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

INDIGENOUS HOMELESSNESS FIGURES SHAME THE NATION

INDIGENOUS HOMELESSNESS FIGURES SHAME THE NATION
14 Dec 2017


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report on Specialist Homelessness Services 2016-17 found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘continue to be over-represented in both the national homeless population and as users of specialist homelessness services’.

DECLINE IN APPRENTICE NUMBERS HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURES

DECLINE IN APPRENTICE NUMBERS HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURES
11 Dec 2017

Latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show a further decline in apprentice and trainee numbers, once again highlighting the failure of the Turnbull government to take vocational education seriously.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO SOLUTIONS TO RENTAL AFFORDABILITY CRISIS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO SOLUTIONS TO RENTAL AFFORDABILITY CRISIS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS
29 Nov 2017

New Rental Affordability Index figures show that rents for low income households across all metropolitan areas in the nation remain unaffordable. The report, from National Shelter, finds for low income households ‘the situation remains untenable’.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
29 Nov 2017

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards.

FALL IN WORLD RANKINGS SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILING ON APPRENTICESHIPS

FALL IN WORLD RANKINGS SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILING ON APPRENTICESHIPS
28 Nov 2017

Australia is losing its international reputation as a producer of skilled and talented workers due to the neglect and cuts of the Turnbull Coalition Government.

ANU HOUSING SUPPLY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE

ANU HOUSING SUPPLY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE
20 Nov 2017

Today’s ANU report on housing has found that simply adding more supply will not address the housing affordability crisis, putting the lie to Malcolm Turnbull’s oft-repeated claim that increasing supply alone will solve the housing crisis.

OVERDUE PROTECTIONS FOR NRAS INVESTORS WELCOME

OVERDUE PROTECTIONS FOR NRAS INVESTORS WELCOME
20 Nov 2017

Labor welcomes new National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) Regulations which provide protections for NRAS investors against a very small number of NRAS approved participants whose suspect business practices are proving costly to investors and threaten the integrity of NRAS.

LABOR WELCOMES BUSINESS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA ENGAGEMENT IN SKILLS AND TRAINING

LABOR WELCOMES BUSINESS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA ENGAGEMENT IN SKILLS AND TRAINING
12 Oct 2017

Labor welcomes today’s policy contribution to the debate around skills and training by the Business Council of Australia.

BOOSTING TRAINING NEEDS INVESTMENT FROM BUSINESS AS WELL AS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

BOOSTING TRAINING NEEDS INVESTMENT FROM BUSINESS AS WELL AS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
11 Oct 2017

New research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) emphasises the need for businesses to invest in training, alongside government support for vocational education and skills.

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SKILLS KAREN ANDREWS M.I.I. - MISSING IN INDIA - FOR SKILLS WEEK

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SKILLS KAREN ANDREWS M.I.I. - MISSING IN INDIA - FOR SKILLS WEEK
1 Sep 2017

Assistant Minister for Skills, Karen Andrews MP, has spent National Skills Week 2017 in India. She has posted on Facebook that she wants to help India become the skills capital of the world.

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ABOUT THE SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ABOUT THE SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND
24 Aug 2017

The Turnbull government needs to come clean about funding for the Skilling Australians Fund.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST GUARANTEE SHAKY SKILLS FUNDING

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST GUARANTEE SHAKY SKILLS FUNDING
10 Aug 2017

Further doubt has been cast on the Turnbull Government’s already shaky funding for the Skilling Australians Fund after new research by the Australian Population Research Institute shows a reduction in the number of skilled migration visas – the sole funding stream for the Skilling Australians Fund.

TIME FOR TUDGE TO COME CLEAN ON ROBO-DEBT AS DHS ADMITS ‘MISTAKES’

TIME FOR TUDGE TO COME CLEAN ON ROBO-DEBT AS DHS ADMITS ‘MISTAKES’
14 Jul 2017

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge needs to stop hiding behind bureaucrats, apologise to people wrongly targeted and give the public assurances that the bungled robo-debt program will be halted until the government can guarantee its flaws are addressed.


TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM
6 Jul 2017

Once again the government is bungling its technology supplier contracts and making life harder for people that rely on government services.

VET REVIEW MUST BOOST QUALITY TRAINING

VET REVIEW MUST BOOST QUALITY TRAINING
13 Jun 2017

The Government’s announcement of a review of VET regulation is long overdue – and Labor is calling on Malcolm Turnbull to ensure it leads to real improvements in the sector.

APPRENTICE NUMBERS DROP YET AGAIN – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO HALT THE DECLINE

APPRENTICE NUMBERS DROP YET AGAIN – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO HALT THE DECLINE
8 Jun 2017

Latest quarterly figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show once again that apprentice numbers have fallen on the Turnbull Government’s watch.

GOVERNMENT ADMITS $6 MILLION SPEND BUT NO NEW APPRENTICES

GOVERNMENT ADMITS $6 MILLION SPEND BUT NO NEW APPRENTICES
1 Jun 2017

The government has confirmed in Senate Estimates[1] they are spending $6 million on three Alternative Apprenticeship Model trials that will not deliver a single qualified tradesperson.

CONFUSION REIGNS - GOVERNMENT IN KNOTS OVER HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

CONFUSION REIGNS - GOVERNMENT IN KNOTS OVER HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
1 Jun 2017

A Budget estimates hearing today has exposed the confusion that characterises the Turnbull government’s approach to housing affordability.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICES

LABOR’S PLAN FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICES
12 May 2017

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the quality schools, universities, TAFE and apprentice programs people need to prepare them for the jobs of the future.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE HOUSING DICE ARE LOADED

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE HOUSING DICE ARE LOADED
12 May 2017

It was the late, great Leonard Cohen who sang, “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.”

And so it is with the housing affordability package announced in the Budget.
Before the Budget, on April 23, Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar told SkyNews:

CUTS TO TAFE & APPRENTICESHIPS = FAILURE ON JOBS

CUTS TO TAFE & APPRENTICESHIPS = FAILURE ON JOBS
10 May 2017

Instead of investing in local jobs and skills, Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair Budget has cut funding to TAFE, vocational education and apprenticeships yet again.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAKING EXCUSES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAKING EXCUSES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
3 May 2017

Another day, another excuse from the Turnbull Government on housing affordability. Today’s excuse is that a concessional loan facility for State infrastructure projects will solve the housing affordability crisis.

OLDER WOMEN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS NEED HELP NOT TURNBULL'S CUTS

OLDER WOMEN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS NEED HELP NOT TURNBULL'S CUTS
1 May 2017

Today's report in the Daily Telegraph of increasing numbers of older women facing homelessness demonstrates the effects of the Abbott and Turnbull government cuts to homelessness funding.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SITS IDLY BY WHILE APPRENTICE RIP-OFFS CONTINUE

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SITS IDLY BY WHILE APPRENTICE RIP-OFFS CONTINUE
27 Apr 2017

While Labor welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached between the South Australian Department of State Development and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to ensure apprentices aren’t subjected to wage rip-offs, ad hoc MOUs are no substitute for concerted Federal government action to prevent exploitation of vulnerable, young apprentices.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY & JOBS

LABOR’S PLAN FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY & JOBS
21 Apr 2017

Today Labor is announcing our next tranche of housing affordability reforms that will improve housing affordability, create jobs, increase financial stability and reduce homelessness.

LABOR'S ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - BROAD AGREEMENT ON NEED FOR REFORM

LABOR'S ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - BROAD AGREEMENT ON NEED FOR REFORM
12 Apr 2017

Labor's roundtable meeting on housing and homelessness held in Sydney has emphasised the need for reform on a range of fronts to address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MALCOLM

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MALCOLM
24 Mar 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has dealt another cruel blow to young Australian first home buyers who might have been hoping that the Federal Government would take some action to help them get into the housing market.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DIVIDED AND CONFUSED ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DIVIDED AND CONFUSED ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
22 Mar 2017

The Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Michael Sukkar has again ruled out negative gearing reform at a breakfast hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects this morning.

VICTORIAN HOUSING INTITIATIVES EXPOSE TURNBULL’S HOUSING POLICY VACCUUM

VICTORIAN HOUSING INTITIATIVES EXPOSE TURNBULL’S HOUSING POLICY VACCUUM
6 Mar 2017

Today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a comprehensive set of housing policy initiatives is welcomed by Federal Labor.

FUTURE OF NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT STILL IN DOUBT

FUTURE OF NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT STILL IN DOUBT
2 Mar 2017

Treasury officials appearing at Senate Estimates have been unable to allay fears that $1.3 billion a year in funding under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) is under threat in the May budget.

PENALTY RATE CUT WILL MAKE HOUSING STRESS WORSE

PENALTY RATE CUT WILL MAKE HOUSING STRESS WORSE
24 Feb 2017

By cutting penalty rates of the working poor the Fair Work Commission (FWC), supported by the Prime Minister and over 60 Coalition MPs, has made rental stress worse.

SYDNEY CITY HOMELESSNESS FIGURES JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

SYDNEY CITY HOMELESSNESS FIGURES JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
24 Feb 2017

The 433 people counted sleeping rough in the City of Sydney this week are just the tip of the iceberg.

DIPPING INTO SUPERANNUATION FOR HOUSING DEPOSIT A ‘THOROUGHLY BAD IDEA’

DIPPING INTO SUPERANNUATION FOR HOUSING DEPOSIT A ‘THOROUGHLY BAD  IDEA’
22 Feb 2017

A proposal, reportedly being considered for Treasurer Scott Morrison’s housing package that would allow first home buyers to dip into their super to put together a deposit is a ‘thoroughly bad idea’.

LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES

LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES
20 Feb 2017

Labor is appalled by reports that the Liberals are planning to axe the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes $110 million in federal funding for women's refuges.

HOUSING AGREEMENT RETREAT SHOWS MORRISON IS A DILETTANTE

HOUSING AGREEMENT RETREAT SHOWS MORRISON IS A DILETTANTE
20 Feb 2017

After saying ten days ago that the Turnbull Government would dump the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), putting its $250 million homelessness funding component under threat, Treasurer Scott Morrison has had to beat a hasty retreat.

RBA ECONOMIST RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT SECURITY OF TENURE FOR RENTERS

RBA ECONOMIST RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT SECURITY OF TENURE FOR RENTERS
17 Feb 2017

Comments from Reserve Bank of Australia head of economics Dr Luci Ellis that suggest renters need more security of tenure are a welcome addition to the housing debate.

LABOR LEADING ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

LABOR LEADING ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
13 Feb 2017

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Leader of the Opposition announcing Federal Labor’s plan to improve housing affordability for aspirational Australians.

TURNBULL MUST ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOMELESS SERVICES

TURNBULL MUST ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOMELESS SERVICES
9 Dec 2016

The Turnbull Government, after a long period of indecision, must restore cuts and extend funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) at tomorrow’s COAG meeting. NPAH is due to expire in June 2017.

HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE
9 Dec 2016

Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS

HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS
24 Nov 2016

An Australian Housing and Urban Research Unit (AHURI) research paper has found that homelessness services cannot meet current demand, and that future funding certainty is crucial if they are to continue providing services.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN
4 Nov 2016

Today’s annual meeting of Federal and State Housing Ministers in Sydney adds to the record of failure of the Turnbull government in tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis and a growing homelessness epidemic.

Mission Australia Winter Sleepout

Mission Australia Winter Sleepout
13 Sep 2016

On any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.

Of those 105,000 people without a home, over 6,000 are sleeping rough anywhere they can find shelter and safety.