Predicting risk to inform housing policy and practice
This study explores how critical life events can be used to predict short-term, medium-term and long-term periods of housing stress for individuals and households, which might, in turn, lead to further housing and related forms of disadvantage and support needs.
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.
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.
Enhancing the coordination of housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings
The overall aim of this inquiry was to develop clear policy directions for enhancing housing supports for individuals leaving institutional settings.
An obstacle course: homelessness assistance and the right to housing in England
This report examines law, policy and practice concerning homelessness in England from a human rights perspective. It highlights gaps between the UK’s international human rights commitments and its approach to homelessness at the domestic level. It also provides an overview of homelessness in England and...
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.
Inquiry into homelessness in Australia: final report
This inquiry report recommends that Australian governments should work together to establish a ten-year national strategy on homelessness. The report contains 35 recommendations which involve a renewed approach to preventing and addressing homelessness in Australia.
The utility of new data in understanding housing insecurity
This study investigated the potential of using the Department of Social Services DOMINO (Data Over Multiple Individual Occurrences) dataset as a fine-grained, within-year data resource for housing research, and in particular explores the capacity of the DOMINO dataset to yield new insights into patterns of...
The lived experience of COVID-19: housing and household resilience
This study investigates housing outcomes during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluates the complex interrelated impacts it is having on Australian households with a range of vulnerabilities.
Maximising Impact - Baseline results from a longitudinal study of new tenants in social housing
This research report is the first of three Maximising Impact reports that will examine new tenancies over a 30-month period from tenancy commencement. The report presents key findings from the baseline survey of 170 new tenants, conducted between May 2018 and April 2020.
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...
Rental nation: a plan for secure housing in Australia
Australians are renting for longer, and often permanently, as home ownership grows out of reach for generations of working and middle-class Australians. Drawing upon local and international housing trends and regulatory frameworks, this report outlines six practical policy recommendations to ensure Australia remains a country...
Social justice and the future of fire insurance in Australia
Major bushfires are now occurring with increased frequency. This means that houses will be more at risk than ever and Australia will have to decide whether the current purely market-based mechanism is the best means of protecting people’s homes.
Vulnerable private renters: evidence and options
This research paper examines the experiences of vulnerable people in the private rental market. It also discusses policies that affect outcomes for vulnerable renters.
Mutual appreciation: a social innovation think piece
While access to secure and affordable housing can mean the difference between poverty and a decent life in older age, full home-ownership in Australia is increasingly a privilege. This publication argues that unless society recalibrates some of the policy surrounding housing and aged care, gendered...
Adaptation to sea-level rise: Local government liability issues
This paper addresses the legal frameworks and rules about what local and regional councils in New Zealand can and cannot do to adapt to the coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise and climate change.
Research synthesis: domestic and family violence, housing insecurity and homelessness
This synthesis is designed for policy-makers and practitioners engaging with people affected by domestic and family violence and housing insecurity/homelessness.
Who stays, who leaves and why? Occupancy patterns at Unison Housing between 2014 and 2016
This report, produced by RMIT and Victoria's largest social housing provider Unison Housing, shows that the transition into social housing can be precarious for some people, with almost half of tenancies studied ending within 18 months.
Retiring into poverty
This document outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.
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.
'My anger is what has driven me to get this far...' securing positive housing pathways for care leavers in Australia
This paper focuses upon independent housing pathways for care leavers and specifically reflects upon what makes a difference to care leavers’ ability to successfully move on.