Disclaimer: Bills Digests are ready to support the work of the Australian Parliament. They are produced as part of a lack of time and resources and must be available in a timely manner for debate in the rooms. The views expressed in Bills Digests do not reflect the official position of the Library of Australian Parliament, nor do they constitute professional legal advice. Bills Digests reflect the relevant legislation in the introduction and not the subsequent changes or developments. Other sources should be consulted to determine the official status of the law. Members and senators are circulating when they propose amendments to the act. Details of the results of proposed changes can be found in votes and procedures (House of Representatives) or in Newspapers (Senate). .M Butler (Minister of Housing and Homelessness), $159 million for National Homelessness Agreements, March 18, 2013 press release. Australia`s public housing stock has been steadily shrinking in recent years.
 While this decrease has been offset to some extent by an increase in the supply of public housing, the total social housing stock is not increasing at a sufficient rate to meet demand.  As of June 30, 2017, 189,404 applicants were on the waiting list for social housing across Australia.  Section 14 of the Federal Financial Relations Act sets out the terms under which national payments for housing services are made to states and territories. As noted above, these payments support NAHA. Point 3 of Schedule 1 of the bill nullifies Section 14 and removes these payments. – corresponds to Commonwealth funds for homeless services (see item 1.39); As noted above, if passed, the bill would cancel the current funding regime on June 30, 2018, whether or not new primary and complementary agreements have been concluded with states and territories. Until these agreements are reached, states and territories would not receive funding for housing and homelessness services. According to ACOSS, the agreement is intended to “put pressure on the negotiating parties to agree to ensure continued funding.”  However, ACOSS is concerned that the short period of time could lead to less effective agreements. The purpose of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Bill 2017 (the bill) is to amend the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009 to repeal the current national payment for housing services and replace it with new funding agreements that subordinate payments to states and territories to the existence of primary agreements , supplements and accommodation.