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‘Active participants in the home building sector have a role to play in the solutions’

Mario Biasin, Monday, 7th June 2021 -  Mario Biasin, co-founder of Australia’s largest builder Metricon Homes, reflects on the importance of a home in giving people a sense of belonging and considers how the construction sector could contribute to alleviating housing distress.

Opinion

Reconciliation Week is everybody’s business

Andrew Cairns, Thursday, 27th May 2021 -  Organisations must think beyond cultural competence as a compliance exercise and more of a moral obligation, writes Haven Home Safe CEO Andrew Cairns, reflecting on the need to make the mainstream housing and homelessness system culturally safe.

The forgotten group put in the ‘too-hard basket’ during Australia’s vaccine rollout

Luke Michael, Monday, 24th May 2021 -  Homelessness groups say rough sleepers are being forgotten during the vaccine rollout, with a lack of national coordination or strategy making it difficult to protect this vulnerable cohort                              

Opinion

Preventing a rebound in youth homelessness after COVID-19

Contributor, Wednesday, 19th May 2021 -  Initiatives to protect homeless young people during the pandemic were effective, but we need a long-term strategy that delivers better support and helps prevent homelessness, write Dr Jess Heerde, Professor George Patton, Associate Professor Rohan Bo

$400M to deliver social and affordable housing across Melbourne

Nikki Stefanoff, Monday, 17th May 2021 -  Victorians will soon have a range of new housing options delivered via a ground-breaking partnership approach to social and affordable housing 

Homelessness services welcome pre-budget funding commitment

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th May 2021 -  The federal government is continuing $56.7 million in funding that was at risk of being scrapped 

Opinion

Accessibility becomes the new standard

Di Winkler, Wednesday, 5th May 2021 -  Australia’s building ministers have decided to include accessible design features in the National Construction Code. Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin look at what that means.

Vulnerable renters left behind in growing affordability crisis

Luke Michael, Thursday, 29th April 2021 -  New research reveals rental affordability in Australia is getting worse

Opinion

Only accessible housing will meet the needs of an ageing population

Di Winkler, Wednesday, 28th April 2021 -  This Friday, Australia’s Building Ministers will choose whether accessibility standards will be voluntary or mandatory in the 2022 National Construction Code. Di Winkler and Peter Mulherin explain why mandatory standards will future-proof Australia

Housing all Australians

The need for clear rules on accessible housing

Ben Gauntlett, Monday, 26th April 2021 -  It is not enough that governments give someone a roof over their head and ignore their other needs. Housing must be adequate and appropriately designed for a person’s circumstances,  writes Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett.
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