The Right to Home

Vinnies NSW is seeking to get the NSW and Commonwealth governments to deliver more affordable housing.

We have developed a series of comprehensive recommendations for Commonwealth, State and local governments in our Right to Home Campaign and our petition to take to parliament has already gained close to 16,000 signatures. 

Everyone in NSW should have a home which they can afford without experiencing housing stress (spending 30 per cent or more of one’s income on rent).

What is wrong with rents and house prices?

The rules that govern the housing market have made it a very lucrative business for investors but many people in the community just can’t buy a property and struggle to keep up with high rents. Many are forced to move far from jobs, family and support. While there is a housing construction boom in NSW, very few of the new units are affordable.

Commonwealth, State and Local governments need to act

The current crisis situation is not insurmountable. All levels of government can act to make sure that the construction boom delivers affordable housing, not just multi-million dollar investment properties.

At least 15 per cent affordable housing

The NSW Government should change the planning laws so that at least 15 per cent of new residential developments are set aside for affordable housing. City planners call this inclusionary zoning.


We are launching a petition this week to urge the NSW Government to deliver affordable housing.

If we can get 10,000 signatures and deliver all the signatures to Parliament House then the issue will be debated in Parliament. That is why it is essential that all signatures are signed on our official petition form.

Click here for a copy of the petition. Print it, sign it and circulate it among your friends, family and colleagues. Then post it back to us at PO Box 5 PETERSHAM NSW 2049 so that your signature can be included.

We all have the right to a home. Let your voice be heard.

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Housing crisis - Vinnies NSW advocates for affordable housing targets 

The Society in NSW has been very active promoting social justice, particularly around housing affordability.

We engage with governments and the private sector, advocating for:

• The construction of at least 25,000 new social housing units (run by government or community housing associations) in 10 years in NSW.
• Changes to state planning rules to require that at least 15 per cent of new residential developments be set aside for affordable housing.

In NSW the lack of affordable housing has reached crisis proportions. Our frontline staff, members and volunteers are witnessing firsthand the profound impacts that the lack of adequate affordable housing across NSW is having on people’s lives.

The shortage is making it impossible for many Australians – childcare workers, nurses, teachers, baristas – to find homes close to where they work. Workers have longer and more expensive commutes, travelling from as far as Lithgow to their jobs in Sydney.

There is a growing consensus among experts and community organisations that changes to the planning system and affordable housing targets are necessary to deliver housing for all.

Affordable Housing Forum

Held in June 2016 at Parliament House, it provided a platform for the major parties to lay out their positions on a target and join in the conversation about finding solutions.

All political parties were invited to send a representative.

Speakers included: 

  • Associate Professor Kurt Iveson, Urban Geography, University of Sydney
  • Reverend Bill Crews, Exodus Foundation
  • Hon. Michael Daley, Member for Maroubra, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Deputy Leader NSW Opposition
  • Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain, The Greens
  • Paul Green, MLC, Christian Democratic Party
  • Cr Linda Scott, City of Sydney 
  • Claire Johnstone, Sydney Youth representative, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
  • Peter McNamara, Vice President for Social Justice, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
  • Denis Walsh, President, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
  • MC: Paul Murray, Sky News.

Media Release: Target for affordable housing is still not on the table - 17 July 2016


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