The NHHA includes $125 million earmarked for homeless services in 2019-20. States and territories will adapt this funding. While state and territory governments are primarily responsible for housing and homelessness, the Commonwealth provides funding for housing assistance and homelessness services. These include Commonwealth Rent Assistance to help authorised Australians with their rental costs and the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), which began on 1 July 2018. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that the new legislation will improve accountability or transparency when it comes to the use of taxpayers` money. Since the NHHA is being developed, it requires little more from state and territory governments than to develop an annual housing plan and an annual homelessness plan to provide better data and reports on housing-related activities. Housing strategies should address NHHA priority areas for action that are relevant to the state or territory. Among the housing priorities are: the NHHA cites community housing as one of its six priority areas as a positive sign for the sector. Starting in 2018-19, the Commonwealth will provide state and territory governments with an estimated $1,536 million (exclusive to GST), with the Commonwealth`s 2019-20 financial contribution being consistently indexed and indexed annually. The agreement expires on 30 The written agreement of the Commonwealth and the States is replaced by the written agreement of the Commonwealth and the States for an additional period of five years. The introduction of the bill to the Senate Economic Committee required greater accountability for the use of Commonwealth funds under the agreement and an observable improvement in the supply of social and affordable housing.
The NHHA`s overall goal is to improve housing opportunities for low-income people and fund services for the homeless. It is a multilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories, supported by separate bilateral agreements with each jurisdiction. . . .