The number of homes with serious hazards has been nearly halved, but improvements have slowed and may be in reverse.
Build-to-rent developments have been touted as a way to deliver affordable housing on a large scale. But, to date, the sector has not been focused on housing for people on lower incomes.
The main driver of homelessness in Australia is housing costs – post-COVID rents, house prices and interest rates are all much higher. To house everyone, the housing system needs a major overhaul.
Tenants in social housing and the private rental market alike face discrimination and a lack of disrepair regulation.
A serious disability is one of the most common reasons people apply for social housing. The long wait for a suitable home just adds to the daily challenges they face.
Critics of Jim Chalmers’ plan to use superannuation to pay for social housing say super holdings belong to members. But social housing is a reliable investment and benefits everyone.
Sustainable urban development experts increasingly point to cohousing as a solution to the housing crisis. If governments are on board, it can work.
Targets of 50,000 new homes for rent at below-market rates and 1 million homes to improve affordability in general are positive steps, but the budget neglects the need to reform an ailing system.
While the Productivity Commission’s critique of the national housing agreement is justified, its faith in the market is not. The Albanese government is right to invest in building social housing.
A new Australian documentary gives voice to the women in urgent need of policy action on housing insecurity and homelessness.
The housing crisis facing Australians has been brewing for a long time. A national housing strategy guided by expert, independent and transparent advice is long overdue.
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness. The stories of women who had to flee their homes make it clear the dire shortage of social housing in Australia leaves them with nowhere to go.
One social housing application assessor told us getting on the priority wait list is so challenging, some applicants abandon the process altogether.
It would be better to focus on building.
Our new report, released today, reveals a social housing system in crisis.
Western Sydney can be up to 10℃ hotter than the coast. Poorly constructed housing can’t handle the heat.
The $10 billion fund will provide only $450 million for social housing per year, and less when markets turn down, but such funds can make financial sense.
The Grattan Institute is proposing a $20 billion fund managed by the Future Fund Board of Guardians which, if matched by the states, would fund 6,000 new places per year.
The government has long promoted the idea that we can build our way out of the housing crisis. Startling numbers of empty homes suggest the problem isn’t one of scarcity but affordability
One quarter of monitored social housing properties recorded winter temperatures below World Health Organisation standards for more than 80% of winter, new research shows.