Over the past financial year, people’s basic right to have safe, secure housing has continued to be one of the major recurring themes for our advocacy work.
To this end, the Society has continued its Build Homes, Build Hope campaign calling for 5,000 new social housing dwellings to be built every year for the next decade.
We have lent our support and participation to campaigns backing Everybody’s Home, Healthy Homes for Renters, Raising the Rate for Good, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and 150 Days of Action for People Seeking Asylum.
Our submissions to Government have also been a highly effective advocacy tool.
Our submission on the NSW property tax proposal helped prompt Treasury to establish a working group with the Society and five other organisations to help shape a hardship scheme for people who may struggle to pay the planned tax.
The Society made submissions to government on subjects including homelessness, the high rate of incarceration of First Nations Peoples, and coercive control in domestic violence.
We also participated in a number of research projects that will be used to fuel future advocacy endeavours.
These range from a partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW to examine the State Government’s existing commitments to develop social housing to work with the Australian Catholic University, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and Lord Somers Camp and Power House to examine the experience of people seeking financial assistance during the pandemic.