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Aboriginal private rental access in Victoria: "Excluded from the start"
Swinburne University of Technology researchers were contracted by the Consumer Policy Research Centre, on behalf of the Victorian Office of the Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, Victorian Legal Aid and Aboriginal Housing Victoria, to conduct research into discrimination and other barriers faced by Aboriginal Victorians trying to access the private rental market.
The culmination of the research is this report, which aims to:
- provide analysis of systemic problems or access barriers Aboriginal people encounter accessing private rental identified through the various parts of the research;
- include examples or case studies illustrating the problems or barriers to accessing private rental accommodation and any successful access strategies used by individuals or support services; and
- include any suggestions for reform or change made by research participants.
A review of evidence highlights the importance of an intersectional research approach, the difficulty of proving unlawful discrimination and the need for further research differentiating between landlords and real estate agents in the realm of discrimination.