Housing cooperatives are a growing presence in Australia’s housing system, providing a diversity of housing forms to a variety of household types across the income spectrum, typically serving low- and moderate-income households. International evidence shows that housing cooperatives can provide a range of housing from very low price points through to market rate in both non-urban and urban contexts.
The research presented in this report reviewed a selection of international cooperative housing sectors in addition to the Australian context, with two aims:
- Compile the current evidence for the social and financial benefits of housing cooperatives, to develop a framework to assess this in Australia; and
- Identify preliminary issues regarding the growth and diversification of housing cooperatives in Australia.