This research examines discrimination and existing policy, law and practice in Australia’s private rental sector, including the impact of informal tenancies and the increasing role of digital technologies.
Tenants Victoria, the state's peak body for renters, surveyed renters about the financial impact of public-health lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, conducted immediately after Victoria's fifth lockdown in August 2021, found that 69% said they were financially impacted by lockdowns, while more than...
Housing and housing assistance pathways with companion animals: risks, costs, benefits and opportunities
This study investigates the policy and regulatory settings that shape housing options available to households that own companion animals. It considers housing and housing assistance contexts nationally across tenures, sectors, emergency/crisis accommodation, and for diverse population groups receiving income and housing assistance support.
Energy hardship can include both absolute and relative measures of financial hardship, as well as circumstances where residents limit their energy use for normal daily activities. This research examines the incidence of energy hardship for Australian low income renters, and considered strategies and policy actions...
New evidence from the Productivity Commission shows almost half of “rent-burdened” private tenants are likely to remain stuck in this situation for at least half a decade.
The Northern Territory government is reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1999 to ensure that Territorians have more clarity around interactions between tenants and landlords. The Act has been operating for more than 18 years and no longer adequately reflects the shift in residential rental trends...
This report details exploitative practices that international students encounter in Sydney’s informal housing market, both when finding housing and as tenants. The report finds that in this under-regulated space, landlords take advantage of international students’ vulnerability and their lack of knowledge of local conditions and...
Australia's peak body for social services has released its housing and homelessness services election policy priorities. It is calling for an increase to funding for homelessness services and affordable housing.
This submission calls for increased funding and actions from the Victorian government to improve access to housing and address homelessness in the state.