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Housing policy

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11 Oct 2017

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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...

Policy report

26 Sep 2017

Housing affordability is defined and measured in a variety of ways. For ASBEC, affordability means enabling people to make a housing choice that suits their needs within their available budget – regardless of whether it involves renting, ownership or having options as they age.

Housing is...

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Report

18 Sep 2017

The City of Sydney (CoS), relative to other local governments, has made some progress in the area of affordable housing. However, the affordable housing it has helped provide in the LGA remains well short of the desired target. 

This paper investigates the strategies used by the CoS to...

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Policy report

14 Sep 2017

We know that a shortage of shovel ready land and embedded charges and planning costs can add 30% to the cost of a new home. These costs are attributed to inadequate land supply, embedded land costs, rising developer and infrastructure charges and poor planning and zoning.

These costs have...

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Video program

12 Sep 2017

This New Zealand documentary from Bryan Bruce investigates the reasons house prices have soared while the home ownership rate is falling. The result is there are people sleeping in cars and "rental refugees" in Whangarei.

In considering causes, Bruce reflects "My dad was a postman and my...

Other video

06 Sep 2017

Evan Siddall, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CEO, delivers his message for the National Housing Conference 2017 in Sydney, Australia at the International Conference Centre on 29 November - 1 December 2017.

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Audio program

05 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...

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Report

04 Sep 2017

Social housing is a vital service underpinning the social good of NSW. But, as widely recognised, the social housing system is beset by challenges that limit its social benefits. For example, tenant rents must be low to make social housing affordable for those who need it. But low rents are not...

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Policy report

01 Sep 2017

The first independent and not for profit gathering aimed at solving Auckland’s housing crisis was held on 1 August 2017. Its underlying foundations were developed by housing strategist Leonie Freeman in 2016 in the paper “A Comprehensive Solution to Solve Auckland’s Housing Crisis”. The full...

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Policy report

14 Aug 2017

Introduction

A recurring question in New Zealand’s housing policy debate is: how many social houses do we need? This is a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ question, because to answer it we need to first consider some other questions. Questions such as: what is an...

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

Do we have a housing crisis in New Zealand that is in need of a ‘policy fix’? It depends on where you are and who you are. Imagine, for instance, that you bought a house in Auckland in March 2007 and wanted to sell in March 2017, a decade later. Provided you chose to leave Auckland, you would...

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Survey

Research report

10 Aug 2017

This report provides an overview of national-level, state and territory findings, as well as comparisons across public housing, state-owned and managed Indigenous housing, and community housing tenants. The report shows that the majority of tenants are satisfied with the services provided by...

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Research report

08 Aug 2017

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This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in...

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Article

04 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 midst of a...

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Research report

02 Aug 2017

Key findings

  • This research delivers, for the first time in Australia, a consistent and replicable methodology for housing need assessment that can be used to inform resource allocation and simulate the impact of policy decisions on housing outcomes.
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Research report

25 Jul 2017

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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...

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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...

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Article

17 Jul 2017

Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. With housing affordability stress also intensifying, the moment for a push on empty property taxes looks to have arrived.

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Commentary

04 Jul 2017

The Victorian government’s recently released housing strategy allows for the transfer of the state’s public housing stock to the community housing sector. In a recent Conversation article, Kate Shaw raises an important question – “Why should the state wriggle out of public housing?” – and...

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