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Alliance of community groups launches petition to reform negative gearing

Monday 30 May, 2016  A national alliance of community housing and welfare groups says it’s time get serious about reforming negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount and put […]

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Affordable Housing Reform Agenda launched

Australians for Affordable Housing have today launched their goals and recommendations for reform. Read the full report here.

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Time to look at real solutions to Australia’s housing affordability crisis – ACOSS

Speaking at an affordable housing forum, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie called on Federal, State and local Governments to step up to the challenge of improving housing affordability in Australia, […]

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CEOs appeal to Minister to end funding uncertainty – Homelessness Australia

In an unprecedented move, CEOs of more than 50 homelessness agencies and social welfare bodies have united to warn the Federal Government that thousands of vulnerable people could be thrown […]

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Report on Government Services 2015 Released

The annual Report on Government Services has been released, providing information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. The Housing chapter (chapter 17) focused on the […]

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Review of the Federation Issues Paper on Housing and Homelessness – CHFA

NSW Federation of Housing Associations have recently released a briefing paper to provide a summary of issues arising from the current Australian Government review of the Australian Federation. The briefing […]

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Specialist homelessness services 2013-14 – Homelessness Australia

The number of people receiving support from homelessness services rose in 2013-14 – with 254,001 people assisted over the year. However, the number of people whom services could not assist […]

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New report provides data on private housing rental stress, supply and demand – CHFA

The first report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institution, investigating the supply of, and demand for private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011, compared to […]

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Are you a tenant? Or do you work in housing/tenancy management, policy or advocacy? Griffith University wants to hear from you!

Griffith University is doing research into how ‘at home’ or not renters feel and why that may be. They’re looking for your stories and experiences to inform the research. Click […]

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Housing and federalism – is it time to change direction?

In this article, National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski looks at the White Paper on the federation and asks whether it’s time to chage the direction of funding and responsibilities for […]

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Australian Council of Social Service – Poverty in Australia 2014

It is unacceptable that after 20 years of economic growth, our wealthy nation is going backwards in the numbers of people falling into poverty. As this report shows, most of […]

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Governments sleep at the wheel as housing affordability crashes – ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service today urged Australian Governments to take coordinated action to tackle the worsening housing supply crisis. “New data shows that the housing supply crisis is […]

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WSHC receives reponses to housing questions

In August this year the Western Sydney Housing Coalition wrote to candidates in Western Sydney seats for the 2013 Federal election to ask their positions on housing affordability. They have […]

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New ABS figures highlight looming mortgage risks

Today’s ABS release Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-12 have shown the unreliability of housing affordability measures that rely on interest rates, according to affordable housing advocates. ‘Today’s figures from the […]

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Rudd Government turns back on affordable housing program

The Labor party’s commitment to affordable housing is being called into question as the Government has failed to confirm any ongoing future for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Successful […]

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‘The problem with property’

This video was made to promote the ‘Problems with Property’ forum, to be held 26 August in Melbourne. Appearing are my fellow panellists for the forum, Karl Fitzgerald (Prosper) and […]

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Australians for Affordable Housing releases housing priorities for election

Housing costs are rising and the under-investment in affordable housing is impacting on families with young children, according to the election statement released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The […]

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Affordable housing advocates focussed on Federal election campaign

Affordable housing advocates have welcomed the start of the Federal election campaign and the new onus on the major parties to respond to the housing crisis, which recently polled as […]

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Advocates welcome election focus on housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the release of the Greens homelessness policies ahead of the Federal election, and have challenged the major parties to do likewise. ‘Whilst the election […]

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Defaulting on the Australian Dream

In March this year Australians for Affordable Housing released the report ‘Defaulting on the Australian Dream’ to highlight the impacts of the housing affordability crisis on many full-time workers. Here’s […]

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Labor’s broken promise on NRAS incentives

Labor’s commitment to affordable housing as a bedrock of Australia’s ‘fair go’ mentality is being called into question this week as the government failed to confirm any extension to the […]

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Housing crisis to deepen following Federal budget

Australia’s housing and rental crisis is likely to worsen in coming years and the Government has missed the opportunity to use the Federal budget to provide relief, say housing campaigners. […]

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Final allocation of NRAS incentives announced, no plans for the future

Affordable housing campaigners are dismayed by the end of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, with no commitment to its future. “The final round of funding, announced today, will provide much […]

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NSW Government cuts funding for affordable housing

The white paper into NSW planning system, released today, proposes to ban developer contributions for affordable housing, a key funding source used by a number NSW Councils to support low-income […]

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Report on workers and housing stress released

A fulltime salary is not enough to guarantee affordable housing, according to a report released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The report, launched by ACTU President Ged Kearney, shows […]

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Government living on yesterday’s promises, says affordable housing group

On Wednesday 6 March, the Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness, the Hon Mark Butler, launched the new Evolve Housing facility in Parramatta. In doing so, the Minister demonstrated the […]

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Addressing national rental crisis must be Budget priority

Australians for Affordable Housing has today released their pre-budget submission, highlighting the increasing rental crisis and recommending that the Federal Government uses the Budget to provide relief from rental stress. […]

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First home owners pushed out

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics release of housing finance data shows that first home buyers are being left behind in the housing market, according to Australians for Affordable Housing. “The […]

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Single Parent Payment cuts hit housing affordability

Australians for Affordable Housing has expressed concern over the ability of low-income single parent families to afford rent and housing costs after being moved from the Parent Payment Single welfare […]

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Housing crisis key to building trust amongst voters

With the election date announced and the major parties’ attention turning to the cost-of-living, housing can no longer be ignored, according to Australians for Affordable Housing. ‘If the Federal parties […]

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Young families increasingly reliant on insecure rental housing

New research by Australians for Affordable Housing has shown that parents with children are increasingly foregoing home ownership. Using census data, the research shows that there were almost 35,000 more […]

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Housing inaction forces families to rely on homelessness support

New government research has shown the continued high demand for homelessness services in Australia, and highlighted the need for the Government to address the causes of pressure on homelessness services, […]

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Cities infrastructure report shows under-investment in affordable housing

The State of Australian Cities report, released by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, on Tuesday 4 December 2012, highlights the extent to which Australians are being priced out […]

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Australia second only to Hong Kong in housing unaffordability stakes

Australia is second only to Hong Kong for the cost of housing for the average household, according to an international survey of 325 housing markets. The 8th Annual Demographia International […]

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Affordable Housing advocates welcome tentative steps towards new Homelessness funding agreement

Affordable Housing advocates have welcomed today’s announcement from the Federal Minister for Housing, Brendan O’Connor, at today’s Press Club address that the Commonwealth has committed to one year’s interim funding […]

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Increase in Homelessness shows need for renewal of key Commonwealth – State funding agreements

New ABS data showing increases in Homelessness across Australia comes at a time of uncertainty for the funding of homelessness and affordable housing programs. The key Commonwealth – State funding […]

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Rate cuts not the housing affordability cure

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates today will be welcome news for the 36 per cent of Australian households with a mortgage, however it won’t do […]

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AAH releases a 4-point plan to fix our housing crisis

A coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations is proposing a four point plan to address affordable housing in Australia that will deliver 30,000 new affordable housing units […]

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To end homelessness…it takes a home

During National Homeless Persons Week, Australians for Affordable Housing is renewing calls for a National Housing Plan so that all Australians can get housing they can afford. “Six in ten […]

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Housing affordability falls further: COAG report shows Australian governments fail housing reforms

Australia’s state and federal governments need to go back to the drawing board on the National Affordable Housing Agreement with today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council report showing […]

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Rents and mortgages squeeze incomes: Census 2011

Data just released from the 2011 Census confirm what we already know: that rents and mortgages in Australia have grown faster than incomes, squeezing household budgets.

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New report shows housing shortages, and affordability, worsen

Figures released today by the National Housing Supply Council show that Australia’s housing crisis continues despite steadying house prices.

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NSW a mixed bag for housing affordability

Today’s Budget by the New South Wales Government takes two steps forward and one step back on housing affordability said Australians for Affordable Housing today.

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ACT delivers reform while States rely on RBA

Australians for Affordable Housing has welcomed the Reserve Bank’s interest rate cut today but warned that without serious housing reform, like that delivered in today’s ACT Budget, households will continue […]

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Territory under housing stress: new research reveals NT’s most stressed locations

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) is calling on Territorians to join the campaign for more affordable housing as it launches in Darwin today, with research revealing that almost 3,700 renters […]

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WA budgets for a good start on housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the Western Australian Government’s commitment to affordable housing in yesterday’s budget.

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No help for the housing stressed in Coalition’s budget reply

In last night’s budget reply speech the alternative government put forward no alternative plan for the one in ten households in housing stress, Australians for Affordable Housing said today.

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No ‘fair go’ for housing in Budget

Tonight’s budget is full of disappointment for households struggling to get into the housing market and those trying to keep a roof over their heads said Australians for Affordable Housing.

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Battler’s Budget? Not so far!

Treasurer Wayne Swan has dubbed tonight’s Federal Budget a ‘battler’s budget, but without measures to address housing costs, Australians for Affordable Housing say the Budget will fail those struggling with […]

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Rental snapshot shows households locked out

New research showing that high rents are locking low income households out of Australia’s capital cities has Australians for Affordable Housing calling for an urgent increase in the rate of […]

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Over 30,000 South Australians need real Rent Assistance

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed that more than 30,000 South Australians who receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are in housing stress. That’s 36 per cent of the 83,000 people […]

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High housing costs put one in five young people at risk

New research released ahead of Youth Homelessness Matters Day shows that young people aged 15 to 24 have twice the risk of housing crisis than the general population, with rates […]

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Nearly 5,000 people in the ACT need real Rent Assistance

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed that almost 5,000 people in the ACT who receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance, are in housing stress. That’s 54 per cent, of the 9,000 […]

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Victoria’s south-eastern suburbs at housing affordability crisis point

High bankruptcy figures reported in The Age today and linked to mortgage stress are further evidence of the need for State and Federal Governments to immediately act to improve housing […]

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McKell report shows the way for Federal Government housing policy: AAH

Australians for Affordable Housing has welcomed the McKell Institute’s report into housing affordability today and called for greater debate at the national level. The McKell Institute today released their Homes […]

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“Critical” Public Housing System Demands Immediate Government Attention

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging Federal and State Governments to immediately inject funding into the public housing system and develop a long term strategy, following the release of the […]

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New Report Rings Alarm Bells on Housing Affordability

Australians for Affordable Housing today welcomed the launch of the Property Council’s  Make my city work campaign today, saying that the Property Council’s nationwide My City: The People’s Verdict report […]

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Low wages and low wealth: women bear the brunt of high housing costs

Australians for Affordable Housing will today join with Equality Rights Alliance on the lawns of Federal Parliament House to highlight that Australian women are amongst the hardest hit from a […]

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Last chance for Queensland Election candidates to act on housing

Tens of thousands of Queenslanders will be the real losers this weekend if election candidates do not make housing affordability a priority and commit to funding affordable rental housing, Australians […]

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Affordable housing key to a sustainable city

Good planning plus affordable housing equals a liveable city (The Age, Comment 16/3) offers a serious challenge to the Government to address housing affordability – and it comes well overdue. […]

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Candidates offer no relief as Queensland mining boom forces rents to rise

Renters in regional Queensland are experiencing massive increases in rents due to the mining boom and Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on candidates in the election to act to […]

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Rent rises pricing families out, as 34,000 struggle with rents. Affordable rentals must be key in this election campaign: AAH

Families in over 60 per cent of Brisbane suburbs have seen rents in their area increase above inflation in the last year. With over 34,000 renters in Brisbane in housing […]

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Housing struggle as students head back to Uni

As students head back to university this week, Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) has warned that three in four students receiving rent assistance face studying in poverty because of their […]

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Australians for Affordable Housing Welcomes New Federal Cabinet Housing Minister

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the appointment of Brendan O’Connor as the Minister for Housing and Homelessness and applauded the move to retain the role of Housing Minister […]

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Further investment needed to help 20,000 homeless Victorians

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the Australian Medical Association’s Budget submission to the Victorian Government, calling for $2.8 million to provide 50 extra beds for homeless patients, but […]

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Queensland’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed regions revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Queensland, and the top five housing stressed council areas. New modelling commissioned by AAH also shows that […]

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News mentions from the AAH budget bid launch

AAH received national coverage of their budget launch, including a live cross from ABC 24. You may have also heard us on radio on 3AW, Radio National and 2ue to […]

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450,000 renters deserve better

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today said that the Federal Government’s refusal to increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance was short changing households and have today called on the Federal Government to […]

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AAH on Channel 10 News Melbourne

On Hold: Borrowers struggling to cover the mortgage and household bills have had their hopes for relief dashed. If you have a spare 2 minutes, we encourage you to watch this Channel 10 story […]

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Community and Industry come together to demand this year’s Budget deliver for those in housing stress

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) and the Property Council of Australia’s Residential Development Council have today called for a long term strategy to improve housing affordability at the launch of […]

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AAH Budget Statement 2012-13: Easing Housing Stress

Click here to view the full budget statement: Easing Housing Stress: AAH Budget Statement 2012-13 Housing stress affects more than one in ten Australian households. However households in the private […]

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2012 – the year for affordable housing

Thanks for supporting the Australians for Affordable Housing Campaign. We hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start. This year we’re going to ramp up the campaign […]

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AAH discusses sydney housing stress on radio 2UE

AAH Campaign Manager, Sarah Toohey spoke with 2UE’s David Oldfield last week about whether there is a housing affordability crisis in Sydney. Click here to hear the interview in full. […]

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Australia’s housing remains more unaffordable than UK, USA

As economists tell the Australian Government to ready for another round of economic stimulus, Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) has called on State and Federal Governments to make creating more […]

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Canberra, Perth and Sydney renters at the mercy of a dysfunctional property market as rents rise. AGAIN.

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) said new figures showing rent rises well above inflation in Canberra, Perth and Sydney in the December 2011 quarter show that despite low or no […]

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AAH news published over the holidays

  QLD Foreclosures rise as more borrowers fail to repay (Brisbane Times 3-1-12) LINK TO STORY   NSW Bucking the repossession trend (Forbes Advocate 10-1-12) LINK TO STORY Hunter repossessions […]

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New report confirms why creating more affordable housing must be a national priority in 2012

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today called for the Commonwealth Government and new Housing Minister Robert McClelland to make creating more affordable housing a major priority for 2012 in the […]

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Housing stress in regional WA revealed

The extent of housing stress across regional Western Australia has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Denmark is the hardest hit, with 20 per cent of households […]

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Perth’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Perth, and the top five housing stressed council areas. New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Perth […]

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Australians For Affordable Housing welcomes appointment of federal cabinet Housing Minister

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the appointment of the Honourable Robert McClelland MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness in the Gillard Government and said it […]

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Interest rate cut delivers no joy to renters. More needed to deliver affordable housing

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates by 0.25% to 4.25% is welcome news for the 36% of Australian households with a mortgage, however it won’t do […]

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Housing stress in regional Victoria revealed

The extent of housing stress across regional Victoria has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs according to […]

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Housing stress in Melbourne’s suburbs revealed

The extent of housing stress across Melbourne has today been revealed by Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH). Renters and home purchasers are struggling with high housing costs in the heart […]

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Sydney housing stress soars. Top 5 housing stressed suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today revealed the extent of housing stress across Sydney, and the top five housing stressed council areas. New modelling commissioned by AAH shows the Sydney […]

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Wake up call to governments – the time for action is now

Australians are missing out on affordable housing according to the COAG Reform Council’s report released today. We at AAH think it’s time for action. Commonwealth, States and Territories must redouble […]

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Melbourne’s growth corridor ought to be part of a National Affordable Housing plan

The Baillieu Government’s plan to house 1 million more people on the outer fringe gives cause for concern, as relying on expansion of cities as a sole strategy to achieve affordable […]

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Hobart under significant housing stress: the most stressed Hobart suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing called on Tasmanians to join the campaign for more affordable housing as it launched in Hobart today, revealing which councils are hit the hardest by housing […]

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Northern Tasmanians under housing stress: The most stressed towns revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on Tasmanians to join the campaign for more affordable housing, revealing which local council areas across the state are hit the hardest by housing […]

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Seriously housing stressed in SA: the most stressed Adelaide suburbs revealed

Australians for Affordable Housing is urging South Australians to campaign for more affordable housing as it launches new data on where housing stress is hitting Adelaide the hardest. New research […]

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Seriously Housing Stressed in SA: The most stressed Regional towns revealed

Housing stress is not just an inner city problem, but extends to regional towns, where increasing numbers of South Australians are experiencing housing stress. New research commissioned by AAH shows […]

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After the stimulus, affordable housing will decline

In the decade from 2001 to 2010 Australia grew by over 1 million households, but lost 5,308 social housing properties. This is contributing to housing stress in the rental market, […]

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High housing costs force troubling trade offs

The high cost of housing is forcing families to make troubling trade-offs, including delaying having children because they can’t get into home ownership or secure rental housing. Reports of house […]

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New report on housing stress

New research shows that more than one in ten households face housing stress. Australians for Affordable housing commissioned the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) to update rates […]

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Housing costs are the single biggest concern for insecure workers

A survey conducted by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) reveals that housing costs are the single biggest concern for workers in insecure employment, reinforcing the need for action […]

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Young people delaying home purchase puts pressure on the rental market

The State of Australian Cities 2011 report findings that show young people are staying in the family home or joining share houses shows just how unaffordable housing has become. Housing […]

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Rents push households to crisis point

Today we had the Victorian launch of the campaign where we revealed that high housing costs are pushing households to seek emergency relief services for the provision of basics like food […]

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A National Housing plan and a Federal Minister

In order to really address the lack of affordable housing in this country, we need a National Housing plan and a Federal Housing Minister to ensure a more balanced approach […]

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From one tax man to another – how about we fix this thing?

At last week’s Tax Forum, David Koch, once finance reporter, now better known as Sunrise’s Kochie, added his voice to the many speaking out against the tax loopholes that distort […]

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New report shows social housing has strong benefits

A new social housing survey reports improved health, job prospects and education opportunities. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare survey collected information from households within both public rental housing […]

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RBA leave interest rates at 4.75%

As Interest rates stay the same, the real story of housing affordability is tax Today’s interest rate decision is a sigh of relief for people with a mortgage, but doesn’t […]

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One person’s tax break is another person’s broken housing dream

I wrote an opinion piece for ABC’s The Drum on the failings of our tax system when it comes to housing. To read it click here

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Our housing tax system is failing a generation

The Federal Government’s tax summit kicks off in Canberra this week, but a failure to address the tax incentives that drive up house prices will condemn future generations to high […]

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Expert panel to reform our social housing system – a good first step towards affordable housing

Today we have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an expert panel to advise on improving the social housing system. This is a very positive step towards delivering a housing […]

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How does $329m worth of travel make housing more affordable?

Figures from the ATO confirm that tax breaks for housing are out of control with investors claiming $30 billion in rental losses, including millions on travel, stationery and ‘sundry’ expenses.

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Multiple generations sharing to save costs shows housing unaffordable

The high cost of housing is having repercussions for households across the housing spectrum. Reports of cash strapped households sharing to split the financial load is a worrying trend as […]

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How is housing affordability affecting your state?

On Monday, we released the analysis ‘Australia’s broken housing system’ [linked], revealing that housing costs are not only the biggest cost to household budgets, but also the fastest rising. Housing […]

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Stamp duty removal not the silver bullet to making housing more affordable

Calls to cut stamp duty are not the whole answer to tax reform, said Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today. AAH Spokesperson Sarah Toohey said that more comprehensive tax reform […]

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Campaign Launch

The Australians for Affordable Housing launch at Parliament House was a great success, starting off with ABC’s AM program and lots of radio interviews around the country and finishing with […]

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Housing the biggest cost of living pressure facing Australians

Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) was launched today at Parliament House to challenge Australian governments to address housing affordability – the single biggest cost of living issue facing Australians.

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