Rental affordability

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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 is review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and it examines how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs...
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How JobSeeker and other income support payments are falling behind the cost of living

The findings of this report highlight the urgent need to increase base rates of income support to at least $70 a day to ensure that people on the lowest incomes are not left behind. ACOSS urges the federal government to lift incomes in the October...
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Options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage

This report identifies and addresses barriers to additional social and affordable housing supply throughout New South Wales. It discusses the potential benefit of 'meanwhile use' and other innovative solutions and formulates a list of requirements to ensure these solutions provide safe and appropriate housing for...
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Urban Indigenous homelessness: much more than housing

This research examines the causes, cultural contextual meanings and safe responses to homelessness for Indigenous Australians in urban settings, using Australian policy, practice and academic literature, together with interviews with stakeholders in four case-study sites.
Strategy

A plan to end homelessness

This strategy document asserts that homelessness can be solved through providing more safe and affordable housing, ensuring people’s incomes allow them to afford housing and other essentials, and providing support where needed for people to get into and sustain a home.
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Comparative analysis of cost of living

Deloitte Access Economics was engaged by the Western Australian Treasury to undertake a comparative analysis of cost of living between Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; and between the major regional centres of Bunbury, Newcastle, Geelong and Sunshine Coast. The purpose of the report is to...
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Simplifying the system or deepening poverty? The new Remote Rent Framework in the Northern Territory

In this paper, the authors outline their understanding of the new Rental Rebate Policy as it is described in Northern Territory government documents. They also discuss some potential adverse consequences that may arise from its implementation.
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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...
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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...
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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.
Working paper

Impact of 2018 Families Package Accommodation Supplement area changes on housing outcomes

In 2018, the New Zealand Government made changes to its Accommodation Supplement policy. The geographic area allocation to Accommodation Supplement areas was changed. This research examines the changes in rent payments for recipients located on either side, and near to, such boundaries.
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Social Housing Regulation Review: interim report

This interim report aims to identify future regulatory arrangements that will best support the long-term interests of social housing residents and their communities in Victoria. It also aims to best position social (and affordable) housing for growth and transformation over the coming decades.
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COVID-19: rental housing and homelessness impacts in Australia

This report shows renters on low and modest incomes are in the grip of a housing pincer, especially in regional Australia, as surging rents and the Commonwealth’s neglect of social and affordable housing creates acute stress.
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No fighting chance: impact of the withdrawal of COVID-19 income and tenancy benefits

This research sought to hear directly from consumers at Uniting Vic.Tas emergency relief and homelessness entry points about the impact of the withdrawal of COVID-19 payments and benefits on them and their families and children. The findings of this report supports numerous other studies in...
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Meeting social housing need: a tipping point for federal intervention

The substantial shortfall in supply of social housing has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and both state and federal responses to what is increasingly perceived as a major crisis in the social and private renting sectors. This report explores the capacity of states to...
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Pandemic pain: Victorian renters in lockdown

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...
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.
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Housing affordability in WA: a tale of two tenures

This report builds on earlier reports into housing affordability and finds that housing affordability has improved in Western Australia, but this improvement has been uneven, with a significant divide between those who own their home and those who are renting.
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Rent controls: the next mistake in housing policy

This paper explains the reasons rent controls in New Zealand should be avoided, with reference to some recent empirical studies on their effects.
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Anglicare Australia rental affordability snapshot: national report April 2021

The 2021 snapshot surveyed over 74,000 rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has crashed to record lows. Anglicare Australia is calling on the federal government to tackle housing affordability in its next Budget.