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Residential Parks Act Amendments

Shelter SA was pleased to contribute to amendments to the Residential Parks Act 2007, which commenced on 12 August 2019. These reforms aim to strike a balance between protecting the rights of residents and the investment in their homes, and the interests of park owners to support the growth of their parks.

The changes to the legislation provide stronger protections for residents who rent a site but own their dwelling. The changes to the legislation also provide greater protections for long-term park residents who have lived in the park for 5 years or more. These new laws also help to facilitate better communication and information sharing between park owners and residents through new disclosure documents and a cooling-off period for new site residents.

Please read the Consumer and Business Services article on Residential Parks Reform for a summary of the changes and see Renting in Residential Parks for updated information, forms and guides.

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Our 360 Review (5/5)

Earlier on this year a consultant undertook a review of Shelter SA’s governance and operations. The Board and Executive Director of Shelter SA wanted to gain a broad cross-section of stakeholder input into the performance and effectiveness of the organisation. The Executive Director proposed an innovative method based on the 360-degree concept traditionally utilised for individual staff performance.

Of the total number of stakeholders interviewed, 62% strongly agreed or agreed that Shelter SA has been successful in influencing policy or funding decisions.

Stakeholders raised the following points about the role of peak bodies and our performance:
  • Peaks are often best at preventing bad policy decisions, which is hard to measure.
  • Shelter SA does a great job with the resources available. It is innovative in its approach, inclusive and accessible.
  • Shelter SA punches well above its weight.
  • It is the passion behind Shelter SA’s strategic advocacy that sets it apart.
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Rental Stress and Housing Affordability

Rental stress for low-income households has almost doubled since 2007. Home ownership is on the decline while the number of people with mortgages has increased.

Only 4.5% of homes are affordable for households with gross incomes of up to $960 per week and only 21.1% of homes are affordable for households with gross incomes of $1600 per week.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to experience discrimination in the private rental market, are half as likely to own a home, four times as likely to live in social housing, and six times as likely to be experiencing homeless than non-Aboriginal people.

The information above was published in the SA Housing and Homelessness Strategic Intent – Taskforce Report.
 
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