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Policy report

Housing affordability: re-imagining the Australian dream

Building an extra 50,000 homes a year for a decade could leave Australian house prices 5 to 20 per cent lower than they would be otherwise, and stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability, according to this Grattan Institute report.
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The income tax treatment of housing assets: an assessment of proposed reform arrangements

This research models several politically acceptable pathways to reform negative gearing and CGT so as to reduce impacts on less sophisticated property investors. Two reform models— a rental deduction cap of $5,000 and a progressive rental deduction based on income—could lead to savings of over...
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Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing

This research examined social impact investment (SII) in social and affordable housing in Australia. It considered US and UK models, together with interviews with government experts, social impact investors and not-for-profit housing providers, to inform the analysis.
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Future cities: planning for our growing population

This is the fifth paper in Infrastructure Australia's Reform Series. It provides advice to Australian governments on improving the productivity and liveability of our largest cities as they grow over the next thirty years.
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Case studies of asbestos contaminated land: final report

This report presents seven case studies of removal and remediation of asbestos contaminated soils in a variety of settings, including large scale inner-city developments and regional landfill remediation.
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Managing surplus government land

As the Victorian government introduced new policies for managing government land in 2015 and 2016, this audit focuses on surplus land sales conducted under the new policy framework.
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Energy efficiency upgrade potential of existing Victorian houses

There is a general recognition that the existing housing stock represents the largest potential for energy saving and greenhouse abatement in the residential sector. However, few studies have looked at how inefficient existing houses actually are, the extent to which their level of energy efficiency...
Discussion paper

The effect of zoning on housing prices

Some government policies restrict the supply of housing. Examples include minimum lot sizes, maximum building heights and planning approval processes. Although these restrictions may confer benefits, they also raise the price of housing. This paper attempts to quantify the effect of zoning on housing prices...
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Risk assessment practices in the private rental sector implications for low income renters

This report focuses on risk-assessment practices in the private rental market, with particular consideration of their impact on low-income renters. It is based on the fieldwork undertaken in the second stage of the research process.
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Report on government services 2007: Indigenous compendium

Produced by the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision, this report contains all Indigenous data reported in the Report on Government Services 2007.