Housing subsidies

Housing allowances

Medium Term Accommodation for NDIS participants: final report

Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) was introduced in December 2019 to support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants who need somewhere to live while waiting for their long term housing solution. The aim of this project was to examine the operation of MTA and the development...

Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19

This study gathered data on the scale and scope of policy interventions in the housing system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia—a critical first step for on-going assessment of the outcomes and impacts of the broad suite of initiatives deployed by governments in response to...

Understanding Specialist Disability Accommodation funding

This study examined the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) program and the attitudes of industry to investment and participation in that program. It questioned developers, investors, housing providers, prospective tenants and governments on how the SDA program will generate new supply that meets the needs and...

Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector

This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.
Working paper

Do housing allowances increase rents? Evidence from a discrete policy change

A major concern with demand-side housing subsidies to low-income tenants is the extent to which they may be captured by landlords in the form of higher rents. This paper examines the ramifications of a policy change surrounding the Accommodation Supplement (AS) benefit.

Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply: evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice

This study examined the range of strategies and initiatives governments have used to leverage affordable housing supply across the continuum of housing needs (i.e. from social housing to affordable rental and home ownership) in a constrained funding and increasingly market-driven context, across a range of...

We won’t close the gap if the Commonwealth cuts off Indigenous housing support

Decent housing underpins the Closing the Gap goals, with a decade-long national remote housing program having made measurable progress. If the Commonwealth pulls out now, hard-won gains could be lost.

Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts

This study analysed recently completed affordable housing developments across Australia to ascertain how affordable housing project costs, revenues and subsidies interact.

Housing affordability in Victoria

Home purchasing and renting, particularly in our capital cities, is now beyond the reach of many people. Are governments around Australia effectively tackling the pressing issue of housing affordability?

Supporting vulnerable households to achieve their housing goals: the role of impact investment

This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.

Assistance in the private sector

Rent assistance to tenants in the private rental market is provided through two programs: Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) and Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) private rent assistance (PRA).

Housing assistance in Australia 2011

Almost 497,000 low-income households are spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs, and are classified as being ‘in housing stress’. With 45% of low-income private renters and 42% of low-income mortgagees in housing stress, housing assistance is increasingly an essential ‘safety net’...

Private rent assistance 2005–06

In 2005–06 private rent assistance was provided for just under 134,000 households across Australia. Of the $78.4 million spent, about $49 million was provided in bond loans, and $23.6 in rental grants and subsidies. This compares to $79.2 million spent in the previous year, $50.7...

Housing, multi-level governance and economic productivity

This study investigated the way in which housing policy mechanisms contribute to economic productivity and growth.

Evaluation of key worker living - final report

This report evaluated the UK's Key Worker Living programme which aimed to lower housing costs for key workers.

Reforming social housing: financing and tenant autonomy

About 400,000 Australian households live in social housing, which covers public housing, community housing, Indigenous community housing, and Indigenous housing provided by governments. The sector has many issues, including: • In public housing, many dwellings fail adequacy standards, and numerous tenants are dissatisfied and living...

Developing the scale and capacity of Australia's affordable housing industry

The key to the affordable housing industry’s future is that governments, in consultation with affordable housing providers, establish a clear industry vision with defined policy objectives, and specify medium-term growth strategies and targets to realise that vision. Whether involving new finance or the redirection of...

A new look at the channels from housing to employment decisions

This research examined various possible links between housing related variables and employment.

Affordable housing for all: towards an integrated housing strategy for Victoria

This report is the first output from Phase 3 of Transforming Housing. Its purpose is to establish the framework for action over the ensuing three years. The purpose of this report is to propose a series of clear and measurable responses to the burgeoning need...