Boarding House Evaluation Act Project
In October 2012, the Parliament of New South Wales (NSW) passed the Boarding Houses Act 2012 (NSW), as a central part of its bid to strengthen and regulate boarding houses in NSW. The Act divides boarding houses into two categories: general and assisted. General boarding houses are defined as premises that offer beds for a fee or reward providing there are five or more residents. Assisted boarding houses are boarding premises that provide beds in exchange for a fee or reward for persons with additional needs.
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre is a partner in a five year study with the University of Western Sydney that will:
The report’s findings are based on data collected from the following:
Knowledge of the Boarding Houses Act
While awareness of the Act is slowly growing, the boarding house residents surveyed and/or interviewed displayed limited knowledge of their rights and responsibilities or where to access information. Consideration may be given to increasing access to information and hard copy material.
Compliance and enforcement of the Boarding Houses Act
While the Act is clear in apportioning responsibility for enforcement, there is still some misunderstanding among the different tiers of government around enforcement.
Data collection for 2015 has just commenced