Rental housing

Research report

13 Dec 2017

Housing affordability has far-reaching impacts on Australia’s economy and the wellbeing of the population. The dramatic increase in house prices experienced in Australia in recent years has not been accompanied by a similar level of wage growth. Consequently, home purchase and renting, particularly in capital...

Discussion paper

6 Nov 2017

Housing affordability concerns the ability of singles, couples and families to buy or rent dwellings within reasonable distances to employment and study opportunities, and basic amenities. Those dwellings are first and foremost our homes, the foundation of our lives and our families – a...


30 Oct 2017

On 10 August 2016, the Ombudsman announced an investigation into the way the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) manages and pursues maintenance debts against public housing tenants. The investigation was prompted by a complaint from a tenant advocacy service alleging that...


11 Oct 2017

Research Summary

This project examined state government-led innovations in affordable housing through analysis of two state-level strategies and two state-level programs. The research shows effective strategies and programs rely on strong political leadership; adopt a whole-of-housing industry approach to consultation and implementation; communicate...


28 Sep 2017

The overall poor efficiency of Victoria’s housing stock means that many homes that are in otherwise good condition are nevertheless likely to be inefficient. On average, rental properties are worse in terms of efficiency, with much lower rates of basic measures such as insulation in...

Audio program

5 Sep 2017

As the proportion of renters continues to rise around the country, there's growing acceptance that for many, the great Australian dream of owning a home will be out of reach.

Last week, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia called for governments to recognise...


28 Aug 2017

Apartment living is the preferred choice of many people. Apartments are often more affordable and may have lower running costs than other types of housing. For many people renting an apartment can be an effective choice to provide for a variety of lifestyles. This Guide...


4 Aug 2017

On Monday, news broke that Australian super funds had invested more than $1 billion into the United States’ rental housing system. The reaction was swift and understandably negative: Why are Australians helping create affordable homes in the United States when we are ourselves in the...

Research report

25 Jul 2017

Research Summary

The study forecast future expenditure on housing assistance programs; the additional outlays on ISPs due to asset test concessions to home owners; and the aggregate value of home owner tax subsidies. These three housing subsidy components are estimated to increase from...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2017

There has been a rapid growth in short-term holiday letting (STHL) both nationally and in NSW over recent years particularly since the emergence of online booking services and the development of the sharing economy. The NSW Government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the regulation...

Research report

10 May 2017

In August 2012, as part of a review of the Official Statistics System, the New Zealand Cabinet agreed that work should be undertaken towards the creation of a Tier 1 official statistic on housing affordability, so as to understand the state of housing affordability in...


10 May 2017

Using household-level data from the Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), The Housing Affordability Measure is a new approach to measuring housing affordability. This measure provides a picture of shifts in affordability, broken down by region and territorial authority (and by ward in Auckland)....

Research report

1 May 2017

National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning have formed a partnership to develop and release the Rental Affordability Index (RAI). The RAI is intended to complement the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) developed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Housing Industry Association...

Research report

27 Apr 2017

About 400,000 Australian households live in social housing, which covers public housing, community housing, Indigenous community housing, and Indigenous housing provided by governments.

The sector has many issues, including:

• In public housing, many dwellings fail adequacy standards, and numerous tenants are dissatisfied...

Research report

27 Apr 2017

The findings of the 2017 Rental Affordability Snapshot show that for people on low incomes housing options in the private rental market are extremely limited, and that the chances of finding a place that could be called home are even worse. Combined with the lack...

Research report

28 Mar 2017

This study investigated the creation of successful non-profit housing providers through public housing transfers in the UK, for both the housing providers and government policies.

The study established that different capacities need to be developed at different stages, including during the policy design process,...

Video interview

23 Mar 2017

ABC TV interviewed Carrie Hamilton, from the Housing Action Network in Sydney, about the model. Carrie is one of the authors of the AHURI research, Enhancing affordable rental housing investment via an intermediary and guarantee , that developed the bond aggregator model from established Swiss...

Journal article

21 Mar 2017

In liberal market Anglophone nations, where private rental housing is typically lightly regulated, little is known about the household-level drivers of recent private rental sector growth. In Australia, where long-term private renting (10 years plus) has doubled since the 1990s, growing numbers are thus exposed...

Research report

28 Feb 2017

The purpose of this research was to estimate the impact on the New Zealand government's fiscal costs and revenues of transitioning households along the housing continuum; from social renting towards owner-occupancy.

This report details our estimations comparing the fiscal impact to the New Zealand...

Case study

15 Feb 2017

This case study explores HomeGround Real Estate, an innovative model of delivering affordable housing pioneered by HomeGround Services (now Launch Housing) in Victoria.

While most affordable housing initiatives focus on increasing stock of new social housing, HomeGround Real Estate represents an intervention in a...