For the past decade in Australia there has been a growing awareness of a housing crisis and the absence of a national strategy to address it.
Housing issues have entered popular consciousness through comprehensive media coverage of an affordability crisis and the emergence of the concept of ‘generation rent’. Difficulties faced by first time buyers in entering an overheated market, especially in the capital cities, have been headline material for some years. Most recently there has been an increasing awareness of the challenge of rental affordability for key workers in our cities. Increasing attention is also being paid to rising levels of homelessness and the impact on people who have not historically been associated with homelessness, including older women. Some key facts underline the major challenges in the Australian housing system that ultimately percolate through the housing system to impact the most vulnerable.