Housing policy

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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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

Research Summary

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

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...

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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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Research report

28 Jun 2017

Research Summary

This research Inquiry presented evidence on how housing policies might promote labour force participation and economic growth through four channels—housing supply responsiveness, labour mobility, employment decisions and consumption. It highlights...

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Video lecture/presentation

27 Jun 2017

Issues which the lecture addresses
Our comparative focus is four mid-tier global cities within three neo-liberal countries that rely primarily on the private sector for their housing stock: Canada, the US and Australia. All four cities – Vancouver, Toronto, Portland, and...

Article

23 Jun 2017

Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household...

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Research report

22 Jun 2017

Research Summary

This study investigated appropriate frameworks to better understand the way in which housing policy mechanisms contribute to economic productivity and growth. It reviewed the literature, key Federal Government policy statements and reports released over...

Article

20 Jun 2017

The Victorian government’s 2017 housing policy contains a bulk transfer of public housing to housing associations. Housing Minister Martin Foley’s explanation is that “the state is a terrible housing manager”.

A similar rationale underlies the handing of public housing estates to private...

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Audio podcast

13 Jun 2017

A conversation with Australian Perspectives Fellow Brendan Coates and Associate Trent Wiltshire. Sydney is ground zero for Australia’s booming housing market. And NSW is the latest government to released a plan to tackle growing public anxiety over housing affordability. But will the plan make a...

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Strategy

09 Jun 2017

The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 is the state government's 10-year framework, driving key reforms and targeted investment across the housing continuum.

It redefines how the Queensland Government will deliver housing to support urban renewal, generate new jobs, provide affordable...

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Policy

01 Jun 2017

The NSW Government has developed a new package of measures designed to improve housing affordability across NSW.

These policies take into account the difficulty that first home buyers face in entering the market, the state’s growing population and the need to ensure that development...

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Commentary

31 May 2017

Society is judged on how it looks after its most vulnerable citizens. This includes those who cannot look after themselves - children and older people, people living with mental health issues, and citizens who face multiple challenges to full participation in society.

As the peak body for...

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Strategy

30 May 2017

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide (first prepared in 2010) describes our plan for how Adelaide should grow to become more liveable, competitive and sustainable. The policies and strategies included in the 2010 Plan have resulted in a number of actions – both ‘on the ground’ and within...

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Report

29 May 2017

Shelter SA has been working on a project over the past year focussed on the operation of for-profit rooming houses. This is the first methodical study of the rooming house sector in South Australia since 2003.

The Shelter SA project was instigated in response to clear findings in the...

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