AHURI POLICY DEVELOPMENT

AHURI Briefs

Understanding of housing, homelessness and related urban issues

Summaries and explainers on topical policy issues drawing on the AHURI research evidence-base and the data available from Australian and international research.

Understanding the housing continuum

AHURI Brief

21 Nov 2017

The term housing continuum is used broadly in the housing strategies of most Australian State and Territory governments, but what does the term really mean?

Why housing matters in the decentralisation debate

AHURI Brief

8 Nov 2017

What barriers prevent people from moving to rural and regional locations?

Scrap stamp duty, replace with a universal land tax – what are the impacts?

AHURI Brief

1 Nov 2017

Modelling the removal of stamp duty and the imposition of a universal land tax.

Despite energy saving upgrades, home owners spend more on power than renters

AHURI News

26 Oct 2017

In comparison to owner-occupier households, relatively few rental properties feature energy saving devices such as insulation or more solar panels. Despite this, renters still spend lass than home owners on energy.

Understanding 'demand sharing' of Indigenous households

AHURI News

18 Oct 2017

For agencies providing social housing to Indigenous Australians it is important to be sensitive to cultural practices that may be at odds with, or even conflict with, norms of social housing operation and management.

‘Rent to buy’ in the UK is something quite different in Australia

AHURI Brief

17 Oct 2017

In the UK, government ‘Rent to buy’ programs are ways to help lower income households to afford to buy a home. In Australia ‘Rent to buy’ contracts are very different arrangements and have even been banned by one state.

Could ‘Build to rent’ create affordable rental housing?

AHURI Brief

6 Oct 2017

‘Build to rent’ is the process whereby developers build multi-unit buildings and retain ownership of them to rent to tenant households.

What are Managed Investment Trusts and how can they finance affordable housing?

AHURI Brief

4 Oct 2017

The 2017 Budget introduced a tax measure to ‘stimulate affordable housing through Managed Investment Trusts’, but just what does the proposal offer?

Housing affordability stress: how much rent can lower income households afford?

AHURI Brief

19 Sep 2017

What can the 2016 Census tell us about the household incomes of households in the first (Q1) or second (Q2) quintile of Australia’s income distribution?

What is the link between domestic violence and homelessness?

AHURI Brief

15 Sep 2017

One aspect of the growing awareness in the community of the terrible costs and impacts of domestic and family is its impact on homelessness.

Do long-term residential leases result in long-term tenancies?

AHURI Brief

14 Sep 2017

What are the length of rental leases in Australia’s States and Territories, and what impact does extending the maximum length have on the take up of longer-term leases?

Public housing renewal and social mix

AHURI Brief

1 Sep 2017

Public housing renewal and social mix - what is the issue?

The skew of the new: lower priced housing left out of new housing supply

AHURI Brief

28 Aug 2017

Across Australia, the vast majority of new housing supply is priced in the most expensive price deciles

Census shows falling proportion of households in social housing

AHURI Brief

16 Aug 2017

The 2016 Census shows a continuing fall in the proportion of Australian households who live in social housing.

Census data shows fall in home ownership

AHURI Brief

3 Aug 2017

Outright home owners fell 10 percentage points between 1991 and 2016

Does building more houses fix affordability for low-income households?

AHURI Brief

26 Jul 2017

High house prices (particularly in Sydney and Melbourne) have led to calls for the easing of supply-side restrictions.

2016 Census reveals fewer households formed

AHURI Brief

27 Jun 2017

2016 Census reveals fewer households being formed between 2011 and 2016 than previously.

What is in the 2017–18 Budget for Australian cities?

AHURI Brief

31 May 2017

An examination of some of the 2017-18 Budget measures relevant to the Government’s Cities agenda

What is value capture?

AHURI Brief

23 May 2017

Understanding value capture and how it can fund infrastructure

What are social impact bonds?

AHURI Brief

15 May 2017

Understanding social impact bonds and their use in Australia.

What is in the 2017–18 Budget for housing and homelessness?

AHURI Brief

11 May 2017

A summary of the housing and homelessness measures in the 2017 Budget

What is the right level of social housing?

AHURI Brief

7 Apr 2017

What is the right level of social housing for Australia, compared with EU, USA, Canada and NZ?

What is a UK City Deal?

AHURI Brief

26 Apr 2017

The Australian Government is developing a City Deals program that is inspired by the UK Government’s City Deal model. But just what is a UK City Deal?

City Deals for Australian cities

AHURI Brief

18 Apr 2017

The Australian Government’s City Deals are a way for governments, industry and local communities to develop collective plans for growth and commit to the actions, investments, reforms and governance needed to implement them.

Understanding Inclusionary zoning

AHURI Brief

4 Apr 2017

Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning intervention by government that either mandates or creates incentives so that a proportion of a residential development includes a number of affordable housing dwellings.

Percentage of Australian households in social housing 2006 to 2016

AHURI Brief

17 Mar 2017

The proportion of Australian households living in social housing has fallen, 2006 to 2016.

What is a shared equity scheme?

AHURI Brief

16 Mar 2017

Shared equity schemes, whereby the home buyer shares the capital cost of purchasing a home with an equity partner, allows lower income homebuyers to buy sooner.

Explaining capital gains tax and negative gearing

AHURI Brief

6 Mar 2017

Understanding Australian property tax and modelling pathways for reform

Understanding the National Affordable Housing Agreement

AHURI Brief

1 Mar 2017

What are the stated objectives of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH)?

How far are people traveling to work in Australia’s capital cities?

AHURI Brief

21 Feb 2017

As high income central city workers can afford to live closer to their workplace, they travel less distance to work than middle or lower income central city workers.

The economic importance of cities

AHURI Brief

15 Feb 2017

When compared with income in regional areas, the higher paid jobs cluster in Australia’s state and territory capital cities.

More workers catching the train in Australia's capital cities

AHURI Brief

7 Feb 2017

Between 2006 and 2011, trains recorded greatest increase in patronage of work commuters, although many more people drove in a private car to work.

What is a bond aggregator and how does it help build affordable housing?

AHURI Brief

30 Jan 2017

AHURI research into a bond aggregator model for affordable housing informs Treasurers’ affordable housing plan

Where are the well paid and less well paid jobs based in Australia’s capital cities?

AHURI Brief

25 Jan 2017

In Australia’s capital cities, the central city area does contain a greater proportion of high income workers than either middle or low income workers, although the vast majority of all jobs are located in the suburbs.

Australians buying their first home at an older age

AHURI Brief

10 Jan 2017

ABS Survey of Income and Housing reveals that households buying their first home are older than they were over a decade ago

2016

AHURI Briefs from 2016

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