Briefing paper

Reducing stigma to improve take-up of rental assistance

Policy makers are investing heavily in rental assistance programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper discusses a randomised experiment to evaluate the effect of reducing the psychological costs associated with accessing emergency rental assistance on benefit take-up, and on subsequent eviction rates.
Report

Housing First Christchurch

This report provides insightful narratives from people who have experienced homelessness, as well as an analysis of the successes and challenges of the Housing First programme.
Report

Person-centred approaches to private housing for people with disability: impediments, difficulties and opportunities

This Final Report presents the findings of a research project commissioned by the Disability Policy and Research Working Group (DPRWG) to explore the barriers and obstacles impeding a person-centred approach to planning and private housing for people with disability.
Policy report

Review of the Homelands Policy

This review aims to identify appropriate approaches to supporting Aboriginal people to live on their ancestral lands.
Report

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...
Report

Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts

This research surveyed and analysed the circumstances for Australian renters during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdowns in July and August 2020. It identifies challenges for the rental sector, and provides insights into how the rental market is performing, the uptake of existing support...
Journal article

Wongee Mia: an innovative family-centred approach to addressing Aboriginal housing needs and preventing eviction in Australia

This paper is about an initiative emerging out of Perth (Western Australia) which is taking a different approach to addressing Aboriginal homelessness.
Report

The housing aspirations of Australians across the life-course: closing the ‘housing aspirations gap’

This report explores the housing constraints facing diverse populations of lower income Australians and to establish how existing and innovative housing solutions can support their shelter and non-shelter aspirations across the life-course from young adulthood to later-life.
Report

Mid-life Australians and the housing aspirations gap

This report delivers a comprehensive account of the diverse housing circumstances of Australians at mid-life (35–54); elicits their housing aspirations and trade-offs; examines housing challenges and enablers; and ‘market tests’ future housing possibilities, including among vulnerable populations, to inform optimal policy development.
Report

Strategic planning, ‘city deals’ and affordable housing

This study examines how local and international funding interventions focussed on specific regions, such as 'city deals,' deliver affordable rental housing for low income households to enhance urban productivity. Such strategic policy interventions offer some promise in creating new economic opportunities. However, explicit policies are...
Report

Renting beyond their means?

Housing affordability issues were apparent in the United Kingdom even before the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed just how vulnerable many people are to a sudden economic shock and the inadequacy of the housing safety net. This report is not just about the housing benefit...
Report

Supporting families effectively through the homelessness services system

This study investigated the homelessness services system and families to identify what is working well, what could be expanded to improve housing and wellbeing outcomes, and the potential for beneficial system redesign.
Report

Australian home ownership: past reflections, future directions

This research report documents that the ‘Australian dream’ of home ownership is no longer relevant in the contemporary era. Analysis of statistical trends for Australian tenure change and comparative analysis of the direction of ownership in equivalent countries are the basis for this conclusion.
Report

Housing outcomes for recently arrived humanitarian migrants

One factor that can affect the settlement success of recently arrived humanitarian migrants is the ability to obtain secure housing. Drawing on longitudinal data from the 'Building a New Life in Australia' study, this paper explores humanitarian migrants' housing experiences across their first 3 years...
Discussion paper

Estimating current and future demand for housing assistance

The purpose of this paper is to establish the true extent of existing demand for social housing in Australia, and to model the potential future demand that could be created by shifts in the labour market as a result of automation and artificial intelligence (AI).
Commentary

Private renters are doing it tough in outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne

The ongoing trend of increasing housing cost pressures on lower-income Australians over the past decade provides the context for the high incidence of financial stress, particularly among tenants in low-rent areas of Sydney and Melbourne.
Evaluation

Starting a future that means something to you

Education First Youth (EFY) Foyers expand upon the original Youth Foyer concept by prioritising education as key to a sustainable livelihood. This report describes the outcomes of 162 EFY Foyer participants who exited between September 2013 and July 2017, making them eligible for a twelve-month...
Report

Social housing as infrastructure: an investment pathway

This research modelled five alternative pathways to funding social housing and found the ‘capital grant’ model, supplemented by efficient financing, provides the most cost effective model for Australia. The research also established the current and future unmet need for social housing in different parts of...
Report

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.
Report

Navigating a changing private rental sector: opportunities and challenges for low-income renters

This study investigated how low-income renters navigate the private rental sector (PRS) via three core pathways: the formal, informal and supported pathways. It provides practitioners and policy makers with an evidence base on changing practices and ways forward in shaping equitable PRS institutions.