National Affordable Housing Agreement

Keeping it as it was is not enough to cover, let alone increase, the costs of current services. Naha is an agreement of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that began on 1 January 2009 and launches a comprehensive government approach to addressing the issue of affordable housing. The second and probably the biggest set of changes concerns accountability. These include an expanded list of performance indicators, a standardised approach to data measurement and an independent formal review of the agreement by the Productivity Committee, to be implemented within four years. While there are positive orientations in the new agreement, the funding gap remains a problem. Although the Commonwealth is not increasing its funding, it hopes that states and territories will increase theirs. The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) began on 1 July 2018 and makes approximately $1.5 billion available to states and territories each year to improve Australians` access to safe and affordable housing across the range of housing. Another political agreement on housing came into effect this month between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments. The National Housing and Homelessness Agreement is the latest in a series of such 73-year-old intergovernmental pacts to ensure affordable housing for low-income Australians and fund services for the homeless. The agreement started on 1 January 2009 and has not yet been concluded. The Australian government makes indexed resources available to states and territories (in 2015-16, the Australian government made $1.3 billion available to naha) so they can spend them to achieve housing and homelessness outcomes.

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