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|Demand-side assistance in Australia’s rental housing market: exploring reform options (report)||780.16 KB|
|Demand-side assistance in Australia’s rental housing market: exploring reform options (executive summary)||934.26 KB|
|Reforming Commonwealth Rent Assistance to better support low-income renters: policy evidence summary||439.98 KB|
This report’s overarching aim is to shed light on possible cost-effective reforms of demand-side housing assistance that could improve housing outcomes for low-income renters. The main demand-side rental housing assistance for low-income renters in Australia is CRA, which is payable to eligible households renting outside the public housing sector.
Various studies have suggested that, as CRA rules are currently structured, payments to low-income private renters are insufficient to achieve benchmark affordability because the real value of CRA has fallen well behind rent. Furthermore, there remains scope for improved targeting so that CRA entitlements more closely match the needs of different cohorts and accommodate the heterogeneity of housing markets across Australia. Concern has also been raised that increases in a demand-side rental housing assistance like CRA would be shifted into higher rents, rather than being captured within renter households’ budgets to ease their affordability pressures.