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Report 5th November 2020

Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19

Chris Mason, Michael Moran, Amber Earles

This scoping study gathered data on the scale and scope of policy interventions in the housing system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia—a critical first step for on-going assessment of the outcomes and impacts of the broad suite of initiatives deployed by governments in response to the pandemic and to prepare policy makers for future crises with similar system-wide implications.

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Report 29th October 2020

Demand-side assistance in Australia’s rental housing market: exploring reform options

Rachel Ong, Hal Pawson, Ranjodh Singh, Chris Martin

This research examines possible cost-effective reforms of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) that could improve housing outcomes for low-income renters. CRA is payable to households who qualify for specified social security payments and are renting from private landlords, community housing providers or Indigenous housing organisations, and are paying more than a minimum rent threshold. 

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Report 15th October 2020

Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts

Emma Baker, Rebecca Bentley, Andrew Beer, Lyrian Daniel

This research surveyed and analysed the circumstances for Australian renters during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdowns in July and August 2020 to give insights into how the rental market is performing, the uptake of existing support measures and the demand for future assistance.

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