New research by the ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership 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. Read the media release here, or the full report here.
National Shelter welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Inquiry into housing affordability and supply in Australia. As discussed in the Submission, housing affordability and supply are affected by many factors including but not limited to the following: population size and growth rate, urban spread and density, planning regimes, developer control of land supply and release, and urban, regional, and rural infrastructure disparities.
There is a housing affordability crisis in Australia, yet there is no Commonwealth Government strategy to address the growing numbers of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. Homeownership is on the decline, fewer households are achieving mortgage-free homes before retirement, the private rental market cannot provide affordable homes for people living on low incomes, and our social housing system is not meeting the needs of our citizens. Inadequate social security payment levels, unemployment, and a poorly targeted and insufficient Commonwealth