Inquiry into Regional Australia

November 2019

This submission provides a commentary on key terms of reference, focusing in particular on Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research relating to issues around the role of housing in the growth of regional Australia. The submission highlights that there will be growth in regional areas and that governments need to plan for this. Planning and policy approaches for supply of housing will need to adapt to the differing demographic and economic pressures that will impact on demand. There remain significant market gaps in regional areas, including a lack of affordable private rental housing and diverse dwelling stock to meet emerging household aspirations and needs. Finally, the submission highlights the importance of housing assistance and social housing and ways it could be improved to meet the needs of diverse client groups, including Indigenous people.

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