Where should we build new housing? Better targets for local councils
As a case study, this paper discusses the Sydney housing market, the location of much of Australia’s most expensive housing. It argues that appropriately designed housing targets would involve a large increase in apartment construction in the affluent inner and eastern suburbs, where the housing...
Planning deregulation, housing supply and affordability: what if land markets are monopolies?
The aim of this discussion paper is to clarify and communicate the current debate and scholarship on planning deregulation, particularly rezoning, as the policy solution to housing affordability.
Living affordability in Queensland: December 2022
This report documents the impacts of high inflation, rising energy costs and low housing affordability, which are key drivers of financial hardship for Queensland households. Low-income households are spending most of their income on basic goods and services, such as food, housing and energy, with...
Quantifying Australia’s unmet housing need: a national snapshot
The analysis outlined in this report reveals that over 600,000 Australian households are in housing stress, with the figure projected to rise to almost one million by 2041 without ongoing funding for social and affordable housing.
Housing aspirations of precariously housed older Australians
This research investigates lower income older households’ preferences for a range of alternative housing models and examines which of these would best meet their needs, as well as identifying ways to support households deciding their housing options.
Provision of urban environmental amenities: a policy toolkit for inclusiveness
Environmental amenities provide a range of direct and indirect benefits in cities, and amenity provision often figures within policy portfolios to advance sustainability in urban areas. This report synthesises empirical research on the impact of environmental amenities on housing prices, examines implications on housing affordability...
A critical review of rangatahi Māori and housing policy
This paper constitutes a review of rangatahi Māori and housing policy in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. It is part of a broader research project, 'Urban Intergenerational Kāinga Innovations', primarily focused on Tāmaki Makaurau.
A home of one’s own
This report highlights the heightened risk of homelessness for older women and single mother, and calls on the private and philanthropic sector to invest in social housing to help alleviate the worsening housing crisis in Australia.
In need of repair: the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement - study report
Australia has a housing affordability problem, with many Australians struggling to rent or buy a home. This study reviews the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and it examines how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out...
Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing
This study investigates how filtering contributes to market-provided, low-income housing in Australia. It critiques the conceptualisation of filtering as a source of housing for low-income households, tests for the presence of filtering dynamics in housing markets (using Melbourne and Sydney as case studies) and considers...
Community housing sector growth opportunities: collaboration between government and industry to drive supply
This report highlights how a collaboration between the WA Government and industry, in partnership with the community housing sector, can drive the supply of social and affordable housing.
Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review
This research reviews first homebuyer assistance programs in Australia and seven comparator countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK.
Alternative housing models for precariously housed older Australians
This research investigates the potential of alternative housing models to increase the supply of affordable housing for older Australians and the role alternative financing schemes could play in expanding those options.
Fact Check: Michael Sukkar says Coalition policies have pushed first home buyers to their highest levels in 15 years. Is that correct?
Michael Sukkar says Coalition policies have pushed first home buyers to their highest levels in 15 years. Verdict: Overstated
City social and housing: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts
This track provides papers that address housing affordability; urban sprawl and associated housing and social infrastructure needs across cities and regions; homelessness, housing system reform, and the futures of homeownership; social and cultural diversity and its implications for housing and social/care infrastructures; and transformative models...
Can planning incentives deliver affordable housing in our cities and regions? Evidence from NSW
This paper examines evidence of the outcomes of a NSW planning policy that provides a state-wide density bonus for infill, multi-unit housing projects that dedicate at least 20% of gross floor area for affordable rental housing.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and housing in Aotearoa
This paper briefly summarises the author's master's research project 'He Rautaki Whakatauria Whare o Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Treaty Anchored Housing Strategies,' which explored what a Te Tiriti-anchored housing strategy might look like for Aotearoa. This includes a review of current housing and economic policy...
From provision to subsidisation: tracking changes in Commonwealth rental housing policy
This paper explores changes in Commonwealth and State political and economic thinking regarding public housing.
Deregulated planning for affordable housing supply? The case of secondary dwellings in NSW
This paper examines the outcomes of a deregulatory strategy, focusing on the NSW State’s planning reform to enable secondary dwellings (‘granny flats’) ‘as of right’ in residential zones.
Housing affordability in Australia: tackling a wicked problem
Secure housing in Australia is increasingly out of reach for a growing proportion of the population – arguably more so than in any comparable country. So how did we get here? How do we begin to understand the social and economic consequences of such enormous...
Homes for people: how Nordic policies can improve Australia’s housing affordability
Australia’s housing affordability crisis results from an over-reliance on just two options – private home ownership and private renting. To tackle it, a wider repertoire of policies is required. This report brings together three essays from writers with knowledge of Australian and Nordic social policy...
Northern Territory community housing growth strategy: 2022-32
This strategy has been developed to transform the way social and affordable housing is delivered to Territorians through supporting a diverse and sustainable community housing sector.
Anglicare Australia rental affordability snapshot: national report April 2022
Every year, Anglicare Australia surveys rental listings across Australia to see what it is like for people on low incomes to rent a home. In the midst of the 2022 federal election campaign, Anglicare Australia is calling on all parties and candidates to act on...
The decline of housing supply in New Zealand: why it happened and how to reverse it
This report discusses how housing markets have been shaped by infrastructure and urban planning policies, and presents some options for making housing more available and affordable.
COVID-19: housing market impacts and housing policy responses - an international review
Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.