The 2021-2022 Budget contains funding for a number of economic and infrastructure themes relevant to Australian cities and surrounding urban areas and here are some of the significant announcements. If you are interested in the key housing policy announcements you can read our overview from Managing Director Michael Fotheringham.
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) commissioned research by AHURI on overcrowding as part of the implementation of the NSW Homelessness Strategy 2018–2023. The research was undertaken in response to analysis showing an increase in homelessness in NSW with (severe) overcrowding being the main contributor.
As Australia navigates social and economic recoveries from COVID-19, housing markets across the country are showing strain. House prices are surging across the nation, and rental vacancies are at record lows. No single policy intervention will provide a ‘silver bullet’ to solve Australia’s housing affordability and availability challenges, and housing is not a major focus of this budget.
AHURI is proud to be a sponsor at the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2021 Virtual Congress. This year’s congress will officially kick off with the virtual presentation of the 2021 PIA National Awards for Planning Excellence on 24 May 2021.
AHURI has announced the research projects that make up the 2021 National Housing Research Program (NHRP). The NHRP has been an integral foundation for understanding key housing and urban issues and ongoing policy development by all levels of government and housing practitioners for many years.