The future of the private rental sector

How can emerging trends in the institutions of the private rental market in Australia and internationally create opportunities for, and present challenges to, improving equity, efficiency and effectiveness outcomes in Australia, including for lower-income households?

The AHURI Inquiry provides a detailed, evidence-based understanding of the contemporary drivers and dynamics of institutional change in the Australian private rental sector and the consequent opportunities and challenges for improving the performance of the sector for the future, with a particular focus on lower-income households.

The final report and the three supporting research projects for this inquiry are now complete.

You can download the completed final report.

You can view details of the supporting research projects and download the completed reports below.

  • Simon Cohen, Department of Justice and Regulation, Victorian Government
  • Hanna Ebeling, Social Enterprise Finance Australia Ltd
  • Nick Foa, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government
  • Louise Gilding, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government
  • Heather Holst, Launch Housing
  • Jill Mills, Department of Social Services, Australian Government
  • Jacqueline Phillips, Australian Council of Social Services
  • Lydia Ross, Department of Social Services, Australian Government
  • Erin Turner, CHOICE
The institutional dynamics of the Australian private rental sector: prospects and opportunities

This project will scope, map and analyse institutional change in the Australian private rental sector (PRS). It will provide policy-makers with a comprehensive view of contemporary PRS institutional drivers and dynamics, and implications for future reform of the PRS to improve performance in terms of equity, efficiency and effectiveness.

Led by: Kath Hulse
Project status: Complete, download the report.

The changing institutions of private rental housing: an international review

Internationally, as private rental sectors have grown their corporate forms, finance mechanisms, ancillary services, dwelling forms and regulatory regimes have evolved. Responses by experts to a questionnaire, together with reports from selected countries, were analysed to consider lessons for the Australian PRS, particularly as they affect low-income tenants.

Led by: Chris Martin
Project status: Complete, download the report.

Navigating a changing private rental sector: opportunities and challenges for low-income renters

This project investigates the barriers and opportunities for lower-income private renters navigating the Australian PRS in the context of institutional change. It will enable policy-makers to consider the challenges and opportunities for innovation in delivering better outcomes at the low end of the PRS for the future.

Led by: Sharon Parkinson
Project status: Complete, download the report