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  1. The income tax treatment of housing assets: an assessment of proposed reform arrangements

    Author(s): Alan Duncan; Helen Hodgson; John Minas; Rachel Ong; Richard Seymour

    Description: This research models several politically acceptable pathways to reform negative gearing and CGT so as to reduce impacts on less sophisticated property investors. Two reform models— a rental deduction cap of $5,000 and a progressive rental deduction based on income—could lead to savings of over $1.7 billion each. Both are progressive in nature, reducing tax savings from negative gearing as tax assessable income increases.

    Type: research

    Duncan, A.S., Hodgson, H., Minas, J., Ong-Viforj, R. and Seymour, R. (2018) The income tax treatment of housing assets: an assessment of proposed reform arrangements, AHURI Final Report No. 295, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/295

  2. Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing

    Author(s): Andrea Sharam; Michael Moran; Chris Mason; Wendy Stone; Suzanne Findlay

    Description: This research examined social impact investment (SII) in social and affordable housing in Australia. It considered US and UK models, together with interviews with government experts, social impact investors and not-for-profit housing providers, to inform the analysis. In Australia, the funding gap between tenants’ capacity to pay and the cost of providing housing is the most significant barrier to SII.

    Type: research

    Sharam, A., Moran, M., Mason, C. Stone, W. and Findlay, S. (2018) Understanding opportunities for social impact investment in the development of affordable housing, AHURI Final Report No. 294, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/294

  3. Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts

    Author(s): Bill Randolph; Laurence Troy; Vivienne Milligan; Ryan van den Nouwelant

    Description: This study analysed recently completed affordable housing developments across Australia to ascertain how affordable housing project costs, revenues and subsidies interact. The research reveals the diverse funding arrangements adopted by providers, which have resulted in affordable housing project outcomes being driven by funding opportunities rather than by defined housing needs, and identified six key lessons about financing affordable housing.

    Type: research

    Randolph, B., Troy, L., Milligan, V. and van den Nouwelant, R. (2018) Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts, AHURI Final Report No. 293, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/293

  4. The changing institutions of private rental housing: an international review

    Author(s): Chris Martin; Kath Hulse; Hal Pawson

    Description: This study investigated the private rental sector policy settings and institutions relevant to Australia in 10 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America, with a detailed review of the sectors in Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom and United States. The research investigated the international experience of housing and impact of broader economic systems, financial settings, landlord and tenancy structures and regulation in the reference countries.

    Type: research

    Martin, C., Hulse, K. and Pawson, H. with Hayden, A., Kofner, S., Schwartz, A. and Stephens, M. (2018) The changing institutions of private rental housing: an international review, AHURI Final Report No. 292, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/292

  5. Pathways to state property tax reform

    Author(s): Richard Eccleston; Neil Warren; Julia Verdouw; Kathleen Flanagan

    Description: Reforming state and local government property taxes can contribute to a fairer and more sustainable housing system as well as delivering additional economic and social dividends. This research proposed a nationally coordinated incremental strategy with clearly defined short, medium and long-term objectives, including administrative reforms; a simpler and fairer revenue neutral transfer duty; and replacing transfer duties with a broad-based recurrent property tax.

    Type: research

    Eccleston, R., Warren, N., Verdouw, J. and Flanagan, K. (2017) Pathways to state property tax reform, AHURI Final Report No. 291, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/291

  6. Supporting vulnerable households to achieve their housing goals: the role of impact investment

    Author(s): Richard Heaney; Paul Flatau; Kristy Muir; Gill North; Libby Ward-Christie; Eileen Webb; Kaylene Zaretzky

    Description: This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally; examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia; and considers finance structures, such as impact investment mutual funds, that would enable social impact investors to create a portfolio of affordable housing securities that can balance financial and social return.

    Type: research

    Heaney, R., Flatau, P., Muir, K., North, G., Ward-Christie, L., Webb, E. and Zaretzky, K. (2017) Supporting vulnerable households to achieve their housing goals: the role of impact investment, AHURI Final Report No. 290, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/290

  7. Government led innovations in affordable housing delivery

    Author(s): Steven Rowley; Amity James; Peter Phibbs; Ryan van den Nouwelant; Laurence Troy

    Description: This project examined state government-led innovations in affordable housing through analysis of two state-level strategies and two state-level programs. The research shows effective strategies and programs rely on strong political leadership; adopt a whole-of-housing industry approach to consultation and implementation; communicate objectives effectively to all stakeholders; are resilient to changes of government; and are best run from a central agency with a flexible organisational structure that can respond quickly to opportunities.

    Type: research

    Rowley, S., James, A., Phibbs, P., Nouwelant, R. and Troy, L. (2017) Government led innovations in affordable housing delivery, AHURI Final Report No. 289, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/289

  8. The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness

    Author(s): Kristy Muir; Michael Moran; Fabienne Michaux; Suzanne Findlay; Ariella Meltzer; Chris Mason; Ioana Ramia; Richard Heaney

    Description: This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in Australia, as well as examined different finance models and structures, SII markets and case studies.

    Type: research

    Muir, K. Moran, M., Michaux, F., Findlay, S., Meltzer, A., Mason, C., Ramia, I. and Heaney, R. (2017) The opportunities, risks and possibilities of social impact investment for housing and homelessness, AHURI Final Report No. 288, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/288

  9. Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025

    Author(s): Steven Rowley; Chris Leishman; Emma Baker; Rebecca Bentley; Laurence Lester

    Description: This research developed a housing need simulation to quantify the need for affordable housing and identify the supply required to meet the demand for housing. This information is important for resource allocation, market monitoring, setting affordable housing targets, housing assistance budgeting and evidence for affordable housing contributions via planning policy.

    Type: research

    Rowley, S., Leishman, C., Baker, E., Bentley, R. and Lester, L. (2017) Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025, AHURI Final Report No. 287, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/287

  10. Australian demographic trends and implications for housing assistance programs

    Author(s): Gavin Wood; Melek Cigdem; Rachel Ong

    Description: The study forecasted future expenditure on housing assistance programs; the additional outlays on ISPs due to asset test concessions to home owners; and the aggregate value of home owner tax subsidies. These three housing subsidy components are estimated to increase from $25 billion in 2011 to $32.8 billion in 2031. This study also presented a secure lease scheme for low-income households who are eligible for public housing but currently live in private rental housing and require long term, stable housing. These households include the elderly, disabled, those suffering from long-term health conditions and families with children.

    Type: research

    Wood, G., Cigdem, M. and Ong, R. (2017) Australian demographic trends and implications for housing assistance programs, AHURI Final Report No. 286, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/286

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