Pathways to housing tax reform

How does the taxation system impact on the housing market, and how does this compare with the impact of the taxation system on other aspects of wealth?

This AHURI Inquiry will establish a viable, evidence-based strategy for breaking the political deadlock afflicting Australian housing tax policy. It will identify a pathway to reform that balances political imperatives against technical policy objectives by integrating practical policy analysis with economic modelling in three central elements of Australia’s housing tax regime.

  • Mr Glen Byres, Chief of Policy and Housing, Property Council of Australia
  • Ms Anne Campbell, Executive Director, Strategic Policy, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Services
  • Mr Glen Hepburn, Assistant Director, Housing Affordability and Tax Reform, Victorian Treasury
  • Dr John Hewson AM, Professor in the Crawford School, Australian National University and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
  • Prof Brian Howe AO, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Paul McBride, Group Manager, Social Security Policy Group, Australian Department of Social Services
  • Mr Greg Smith, Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Mr Peter White, Chief Executive, Housing and Disability Reform, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services
Income tax treatment of housing assets: An assessment of proposed reform arrangements

This project will model pathways to reform the income tax treatment of property assets, including capital gains tax provisions and negative gearing. The project will analyse the distribution of housing tax expenditures under current tax provisions, as well as the potential distributional and behavioural impacts of alternative reform scenarios.

Led by: Alan Duncan
Project status: Underway
Final Report to be published: Q4 2017

Retirement savings policy and asset portfolio decisions of Australian households, 2002-14

Housing in Australia is characterised by advantageous tax treatment relative to other asset classes. This research project provides insights into the asset portfolio decisions of Australian households and the increasingly important issue of how the tax/transfer system influences housing choices for retirement.

Led by: Stephen Whelan
Project status: Underway
Final Report to be published: Q4 2017

Pathways to state housing and land tax reform

This project develops and models viable ‘pathways’ for state and territory governments to transition from transaction based conveyance duties to a broad-based recurrent land taxes. Such reforms would enhance economic efficiency, State financial sustainability and housing affordability.

Led by: Richard Eccleston
Project status: Underway
Final Report to be published: Q4 2017

  • Final Report to be published: Q1 2018
  • Project leader: Richard Eccleston
  • Research Centre: University of Tasmania
  • Project number: 41110
  • Panel meeting dates: 11 Oct 2016, second meeting TBC