Housing subsidies

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...


24 Nov 2017

This report is part of an AHURI Inquiry into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes and addresses the question: What are the actual, potential and perceived opportunities and risks of social impact investment (SII) for housing and homelessness policy in Australia? It examines...

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...

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 the past decade; analysed the mechanisms through...

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

20 Apr 2017

The key to the affordable housing industry’s future is that governments, in consultation with affordable housing providers, establish a clear industry vision with defined policy objectives, and specify medium-term growth strategies and targets to realise that vision.

Whether involving new finance or the redirection...

Video lecture/presentation

11 Apr 2017

The Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, addressed the issue of housing affordability in a lecture hosted by AHURI at the State Library in Melbourne on Monday 10 April 2017.

Transcript :

Captions available.

This video was edited to provide the...

Research report

2 Mar 2017

This research examined various possible links between housing related variables and employment, such as:

housing assistance (such as rent assistance or social housing) can blunt incentive to work and depress employment rates soaring real house prices have inflated housing wealth levels, especially for older...


30 Jan 2017

AHURI research into a bond aggregator model for affordable housing was central to the Affordable Housing Working Group (AHWG) report to Australian Federal, State and Territory Treasurers meeting during the Council on Federal Financial Relations.

As a result, the Council recommended establishing an expert...

Research report

7 Dec 2016

This report is the first output from Phase 3 of Transforming Housing. Its purpose is to establish the framework for action over the ensuing three years.

The purpose of this report is to propose a series of clear and measurable responses to the burgeoning...

Video lecture/presentation

5 Sep 2016

Dr Ian Winter introduces the one-day conference, at the iconic Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 19 October 2016, investigating the future of housing assistance in Australia.

Research report

30 Aug 2016

This report considers the findings from an evidence-based policy inquiry into individualised forms of housing assistance which assessed whether their implementation could lead to improved services and better outcomes for low-income and vulnerable households. It sets out future policy options arising from the research and...

Research report

23 Nov 2015

There has been considerable innovation in social policy in many developed countries since the mid-1990s, with a move towards more individualised packages of support for people who require assistance due to older age, disabilities, health issues and a range of other vulnerabilities. The aims of...

Journal article

15 Jun 2015

Private Rental Brokerage Programs (PRBPs) are a seemingly well-used and reasonably well-known housing assistance measure in the housing and homelessness sectors. The existence of such programs - which pull together a range of key financial and non-financial supports for eligible private renters to assist them...

Research report

18 May 2015

This Positioning Paper is the first output of a project that aims to forecast future housing subsidies that will accompany projected demographic changes and the challenges these trends may pose for the fiscal sustainability of housing policy. Population ageing is a key demographic trend that...

Research report

15 Oct 2014

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs.


Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of Australians. It provides a platform for a range of...

Research report

8 Nov 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in 2012-13.


Having a safe place to live is important to all Australians. Stable and secure housing contributes to a range of essential benefits including shelter,...

Research report

5 Dec 2012

This report examines housing assistance in the government, not-for-profit and private sector segments in Australia in 2011-12.

It examines allocation and waiting lists for social housing, overcrowding and housing affordability, and demonstrates that while the number of social housing dwellings has increased...

Research report

1 Jun 2012

The Australian and Northern Territory (NT) governments are undertaking large scale reforms to public housing in remote Indigenous communities in the NT. In addition to substantial investment in housing and related infrastructure, these changes include reforms to land tenure designed to underpin investment in housing...


30 Jun 2011

Housing plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of Australians and, in doing so, promotes positive health, education, employment and security for individuals (FaCSIA 2007). Population growth and the reduction in the average household size have led to an increased demand for housing...