Housing Policy Review and Position Statement on Housing

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is seeking your feedback on its Housing Policy Review and draft Position Statement on Housing. QCOSS represents the interests of Queenslanders experiencing or at risk of experiencing poverty and disadvantage, for whom housing affordability and homelessness are critical issues. QCOSS’s interest in housing stems from our cost-of-living advocacy and the key role that housing plays in underpinning wellbeing.

The QCOSS Housing Policy Review explores the background context to housing policy, comparing and integrating policy frameworks of government, peak bodies and expert researchers into a QCOSS housing policy framework. This framework is a comprehensive response to the decline in housing affordability, that structures the draft QCOSS Position Statement on Housing, which was developed in cooperation with Q Shelter and Tenants Queensland. This Position Statement will be used to facilitate ongoing engagement and advocacy on housing issues.

Please forward this survey on to any other colleagues who may be interested. The survey will close Wednesday 30 May 2018.

Part A: About you and your organisation

* 1. Please identify yourself and your organisation

* 2. Do you consent to being contacted by QCOSS?

* 3. Organisation type

* 4. What is your personal or professional experience with housing or homelessness?

Part B: The Housing System

* 5. What are key benefits of having access to stable, affordable and suitable housing ?

* 6. What actions and approaches do you see as working well in the housing system in Queensland and Australia?

* 7. What actions and approaches do you see as not working well in the housing system in Queensland and Australia?

* 8. What would you like to see changed in the housing system?

Part C: Draft QCOSS Position Statement on Housing

QCOSS has released a draft Position Statement on Housing which states:

“Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) believes that everyone has a right to housing. Yet not all Queenslanders have access to stable, affordable and suitable housing.
  • Housing provides more than physical shelter, it allows for safety, security, privacy, identity and social inclusion.
  • Access to affordable housing is the foundation on which Queenslanders build socially engaged and economically productive lives.
  • Stable housing positively influences the welfare of households, including health and wellbeing, education, employment, economic and social participation outcomes.
  • There are diverse, positive housing stories, experiences and solutions in Queensland communities.
  • Housing must be prioritised as shelter, before speculative investment. Treating housing as a commodity has distorted the housing market and policy priorities, negatively impacting on housing affordability.”

* 9. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with these Statements

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
Everyone has a right to housing.
Yet not all Queenslanders have access to stable, affordable and suitable housing.
Housing provides more than physical shelter, it allows for safety, security, privacy, identity and social inclusion.
Access to affordable housing is the foundation on which Queenslanders build socially engaged and economically productive lives.
Stable housing positively influences the welfare of households, including health and wellbeing, education, employment, economic and social participation outcomes.
There are diverse, positive housing stories, experiences and solutions in Queensland communities.
Housing must be prioritised as shelter, before speculative investment. Treating housing as a commodity has distorted the housing market and policy priorities, negatively impacting on housing affordability.

* 10. Please elaborate on reasons for your answers above:

Part D: QCOSS Housing Policy Framework
QCOSS has developed a framework for improving for housing system outcomes across 8 domains:

1.       Establish Housing Leadership
2.       Reform Tax Incentives
3.       Increase Incomes
4.       Reform and Invest in Social and Affordable Housing
5.       Improve Land Planning
6.       Protect Renters
7.       Reform Homelessness Programs
8.       Innovate Specialist Housing

QCOSS has developed draft Recommended Actions to improve outcomes for the housing system across the eight Domains in the above framework:
  1. Establish Housing Leadership - Federal: Federal Housing Minister, Department, Strategy, Statutory Body. State: Queensland Housing Strategy, Ministerial Housing Council, and the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance.
  2. Reform Tax Incentives - Federal: Transition to limited negative gearing / CGT discounts, and divert savings to supply of social housing. State: Transition stamp duty to a land tax.
  3. Increase Incomes – Federal and State: Implement policies to increase employment and wages. Federal: Increase income support such as Newstart and Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
  4. Reform and Invest in Social and Affordable Housing - Federal: Fund capital and operating expenses of social and affordable housing. Relaunch NRAS. State: Support community housing viability.
  5. Improve Land Planning - State and Local: Plan adequate infrastructure / transport, and access to economic / social opportunities. Implement inclusionary zoning and mixed tenure. Implement targeted shared equity schemes.
  6. Protect Renters - State: Improve legal protections for tenants in private rental including: fairer tenancies, prompt return of bonds, more secure tenure, prevent eviction without grounds, implement minimum standards, limit rent increases and fund advocacy.
  7. Reform Homelessness Programs - State: Properly fund homelessness services, transition them to ‘Housing First’.
  8. Innovate Specialist Housing - Federal: Properly fund disability housing, remote indigenous housing, DFV shelters, mental health and other forms of supported and emergency accommodation. State: Relax regulatory barriers to diverse, alternative, community-based housing solutions, such as tiny houses, co-ops, and share-housing.

* 11. Please read these Recommended Actions and indicate whether you agree or disagree with them, (note you can make comments about specific actions in next question below)

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
Establish Housing Leadership - Federal: Federal Housing Minister, Department, Strategy, Statutory Body. State: Queensland Housing Strategy, Ministerial Housing Council, and the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance.
Reform Tax Incentives - Federal: Transition to limited negative gearing / CGT discounts, and divert savings to supply of social housing. State: Transition stamp duty to a land tax.
Increase Incomes – Federal and State: Implement policies to increase employment and wages. Federal: Increase income support such as Newstart and Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
Reform & Invest in Social and Affordable Housing - Federal: Fund capital and operating expenses of social and affordable housing. Relaunch NRAS. State: Support community housing viability.
Improve Land Planning - State and Local: Plan adequate infrastructure / transport, and access to economic / social opportunities. Implement inclusionary zoning and mixed tenure. Implement targeted shared equity schemes.
Protect Renters - State: Improve legal protections for tenants in private rental including: fairer tenancies, prompt return of bonds, more secure tenure, prevent eviction without grounds, implement minimum standards, limit rent increases and fund advocacy.
Reform Homelessness Programs - State: Properly fund homelessness services, transition them to ‘Housing First’.
Innovate Specialist Housing - Federal: Properly fund disability housing, remote indigenous housing, DFV shelters, mental health and other forms of supported and emergency accommodation. State: Relax regulatory barriers to diverse, alternative, community-based housing solutions, such as tiny houses, co-ops, and share-housing.
Part E: QCOSS Recommended Actions

* 12. Do you have any suggestions about the overall structure of this framework? (Note there are more detailed questions about each domain below.)

* 13. Do you have comments about specific Housing Recommended Actions?

* 14. Do you have any other specific suggestions for Housing Recommended Actions that will improve outcomes for the housing system?

* 15. Do you have some key messages about the housing system that you would like to share?

* 16. Do you have a relevant housing story that illustrates those messages?

* 17. Do you have any other comments to make on QCOSS Housing Review, Framework, Position Statement or about the housing system?

Thank you. We appreciate your time in participating in this survey. QCOSS will analyse the results of this survey as part of finalising its Position Statement on Housing. If you have consented to us contacting you we will send you the final QCOSS Position Statement on Housing.

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