Private Rental Housing

Supported by Swinburne University's Centre for Urban Transitions, this collection contains government, academic and other sector reports as well as media discussion about the financing, development and supply of rental housing, tenant access and rental property management in Australia.

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Private Rental Housing

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...

Research report

30 May 2016

Private rental brokerage programs (PRBPs) are a key pillar of support for disadvantaged people accessing and sustaining private rental. This is in addition to more formal private rental assistance programs delivered by state and territory governments; and Commonwealth financial assistance in the form of Commonwealth...

Research report

23 Dec 2015

The private rental sector has grown significantly and is now home to more than 1.8 million Australian households. This growth has been linked to higher demand from households who are taking longer to save for a house deposit, as well as more strictly rationed public...


4 Aug 2015

It’s almost impossible to go a day in Sydney without having at least one conversation about property prices. The city is consumed with property prices, with news of record sales figures on our screens and in the newspapers almost every night. But even though we’re...


15 Jul 2015

The Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) is seeking submissions on, amongst other things, the use of cheques in an evolving payments system where the use of cheques, in general, is declining with electronic payments being preferred for many, but not all, transactions. The REIA notes...

Research report

10 Jun 2015

The research sought to measure whether lower income households are able to access housing which is ‘affordable’ based on weekly rent of no more than 30 per cent of gross household income and ‘available’ referring to the extent to which affordable dwellings are in fact...

Discussion paper

29 May 2015

Institutional investors currently play a negligible role in the private rental market in Australia. Their lack of involvement in the private rental sector has been described as a structural weakness in the Australian rental market, and is at variance with institutional investment in residential property...

Research report

3 Mar 2015

Efforts to engage institutional investment in rental housing provision were badly damaged by the 2014 termination of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS); yet lessons can be learned from the NRAS initiative and these should inform a successor program.

Building on our...


15 Feb 2015

The Commission’s Issue Paper deals with the review of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (the MRA) and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (the TTMRA).

REIA’s response focusses on real estate professionals and addresses the Commission’s terms of reference to recommend ways to further improve the...

Discussion paper

8 Dec 2014

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy, the recently released Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda (IICA) brings together and builds on the Government’s economic reform efforts to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities. The IICA provides a framework for boosting Australian...

Research report

7 Dec 2014

Examines the supply of, and demand for, private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011 and compared this with the situation in 2006.

Executive summary Aim of the study Almost one in four Australian households rent their housing in the private...

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

30 Sep 2014

Explores the factors influencing tenant choices to remain in or depart from public housing.

Executive summary


Falling tenancy turnover rates over the last decade have resulted in declining vacancies available to applicants in high need. To address this, State Housing...

Research report

20 Aug 2014

This report shows that over 1 million people are living in private rental accommodation in Victoria. These tenants occupy around a quarter of all households across the state.


The TUV has analysed ABS Census data from 2011 and identified the "average‟...


15 Jul 2014

The overriding objectives of the proposed standards are to be flexible and responsive to industry, less onerous, reduce costs for RTOs and less of a regulatory burden for RTOs. Furthermore the national training system is to be industry led, using appropriately skilled trainers and assessors...

Journal article

16 Jun 2014

This article proposes that single housing tenure categories do not enable an understanding of the ways in which households use, occupy and own residential properties in the context of broad demographic, economic and social changes.

Adapting work on sub-tenure housing choice, housing tenure is...

Research report

7 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: As home ownership rates decline across all age cohorts, the suboptimal quantity, allocation, and security of housing opportunities in the rental market has received increasing policy attention. To date, fiscal strategies for attracting investment towards rental housing have had limited success, especially...

Research report

12 Mar 2014

Despite the plethora of rental research, a significant gap remains in understanding the relationship between rental housing and ‘transport disadvantage’. This project analyses the changing spatial concentration of lower-income renter households in Melbourne and Sydney and connects this with changes in transport opportunity. Extending previous...

Journal article

16 Jan 2014

English-language literature on the relationship between home and dwelling has largely focused on the benefits of homeownership and (to a lesser extent) social rental in facilitating ontological security. Less consideration has been given to the experiences of private tenants. This paper draws on findings 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,...