ACOSS Submission | May 2008
Response to the National Rental Affordability Scheme
- technical discussion paper
ACOSS, May 2008
Submission on the NRAS Technical Paper, May 2008
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is the peak council of the community
services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by
poverty, disadvantage and inequality.
Consistent with this mission, we are concerned to ensure that low income and
disadvantaged people are able to access safe, secure, appropriate and affordable housing.
As the peak representative body for the community and welfare services sector, we also
seek to protect and enhance the viability and sustainability of the community sector. In the
context of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), this means that we are
concerned to ensure that the participation of non-profit community housing providers is
encouraged and that these providers are not disadvantaged by the operation of the
ACOSS is a member of the Housing Summit Group and broadly endorses the Group’s Joint
Response to the NRAS Technical Paper. We welcomed the Government’s announcement
of the NRAS Scheme and are pleased that an expansion of the Scheme is proposed
beyond the initial 50,000 dwellings. We have also welcomed the other housing initiatives
announced by the Government including the Housing Affordability Fund, the Housing
Supply Research Council and the commitment to construct an additional 600 houses for
those experiencing homelessness.
ACOSS has taken the opportunity to prepare an independent submission to provide more
detailed input on certain aspects of the Scheme, particularly in relation to low income
access to NRAS dwellings. In this submission, we raise issues under the following
Allocation of incentives;
Setting rent levels; and
Regulation of tenancy managers.
ACOSS released research last year which showed that an estimated 2,210,000 p