Category Archives: Housing

Social Housing: the social need and the economic opportunity

The unfairness of Joe Hockey’s first budget in 2014  presaged the end of his political career.  If Josh Frydenberg fails to address the need and opportunity for action on social housing will it start his political decline?

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Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Aug/Sept 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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Why a social housing stimulus is a measure Morrison cannot ignore.

Given our Prime Minister’s famously well-honed skill of tapping into the public mood, as well as his claims to an economically hard-headed approach to policymaking, you would surely expect a social housing stimulus plan to be front and centre of … Continue reading

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Houses are becoming commodities to buy and sell and not homes.

The Property Council and our tame media are obsessed on property prices. Are prices up or down this month? They see property as a commodity  for wealth creation. Housing policy should be about housing as a human right  and for … Continue reading

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Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – July/Aug 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – June/July 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – May/June 2020

The latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with links to the relevant source.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Apr/May 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source. One of the key themes for … Continue reading

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BRENDAN COATES. Money for social housing the key to construction stimulus

There’s no doubt Australia’s construction industry is facing tough times. COVID-19 has caused migration to slow to a trickle. Some 2.6 million Australians have either lost their jobs or had their hours cut in the past two months. Many economists expect property prices to … Continue reading

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HAL PAWSON. Why COVID Commission must back social housing stimulus

The Prime Minister’s COVID Commission is supposed to be advising government on how to ‘facilitate the fastest possible recovery of lives and livelihoods’ after the pandemic. Yet it’s main focus appears to be the promotion of a fossil-fuelled medium-term industrial … Continue reading

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WENDY HAYHURST AND BILL RANDOLPH. Australia can, and must, build the post-pandemic recovery with more social housing

The Australian Treasurer has acknowledged that boosting infrastructure spend would be a good way to kickstart our country’s recovery from the current pandemic.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Mar/Apr 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source. Unsurprisingly, much of the following is … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Feb/Mar 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source. Although housing affordability and homelessness have … Continue reading

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KOBI MAGLEN. SVA’s approach to improving outcomes for older women at risk of becoming homeless

Estimates suggest 300,000 Australian women aged between 45 and 65 are at risk of homelessness when they retire.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Jan/Feb 2020

The following is the latest instalment of a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – late Nov 2019 to mid Jan 2020

This is part of what is normally a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source. Due to the just past Christmas … Continue reading

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WENDY HAYHURST. Why adequate and affordable housing matters to productivity

A growing body of research is demonstrating the adverse productivity impacts of inadequate or unaffordable housing in Australia (and elsewhere).

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MICHAEL KEATING. Dwelling construction is still falling despite record low interest rates.

Monetary policy has lifted the prices of the most expensive dwellings, but this impact is yet to flow through to the rest of the housing market. This experience reinforces doubts about the effectiveness of monetary policy when inflation and therefore … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Oct/Nov 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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DAVID PEARSON. Ending homelessness – From charity to impact!

We have come to think of homelessness as something normal or an inevitable part of everyday life. It is anything but. In a country as prosperous, generous and as committed to the fair go as Australia, we ought not to … Continue reading

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LIONEL ORCHARD. Home Ownership, Social Housing and Progressive Housing Policy for Changing Times

The foundations of a balanced and equitable housing system in Australia have been corroding for some time to a point where ways forward are becoming more vexed. Questions about how to respond are difficult because of the legacy of neglect … Continue reading

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REBECCA THOMAS. Disability scheme housing should be more responsive to need

Despite Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments having been rolled out initially in 2016, with good intentions, the level of suitable disability accommodation in Australia is still woefully low. The approval process for individuals to get SDA into their NDIS plans … Continue reading

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HAL PAWSON. The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: Housing affordability action – or just more busy work? (UNSW Blogs 31-10-19)

The Australian Government has this week revealed the policy details for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS). From 1 January qualifying first home buyers (FHBs) become eligible for a government guarantee that will enable them to access a mortgage … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Sept/Oct 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – Aug/Sept 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.

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MARION BENNETT. Working together to end homelessness in Cairns

A new Mission Australia evaluation has highlighted that when people experiencing homelessness in Cairns have the support of strong, caring relationships and when services work collaboratively and seamlessly together, their standards of living and personal relationships improve, they feel safer … Continue reading

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JOANNE SIMON-DAVIES. Housing in Australia (Australian Parliamentary Library 2.8.2019)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released data from 2017-18 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). The SIH is a household survey which collects information on sources of income, amounts received, household net worth, housing, household characteristics and personal characteristics … Continue reading

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CONNY LENNEBERG. Youth Foyer model, an education first approach to tackling homelessness

The challenge that youth homelessness represents to our community is not intractable. In Victoria, we are seeing positive outcomes – and bipartisan support – for a new solution in the Education First Youth Foyer model developed by the Brotherhood of … Continue reading

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OLIVER FRANKEL AND SUSAN RYAN. Monthly digest on housing affordability and homelessness – June/July 2019

This is a monthly digest of interesting articles, research reports, policy announcements and other material relevant to housing stress/affordability and homelessness – with hypertext links to the relevant source.  

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JESSIE BATKIN-WALKERDEN. Homelessness: Why Early Intervention Matters

Early intervention is a vital piece of the complex puzzle, that is Australia’s homelessness. Long-term, appropriate and stable housing is becoming increasingly unattainable for many people. The current state of housing unaffordability leads to many people being at risk of … Continue reading

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