Equitable Housing

Secure and appropriate housing is a fundamental human right, essential to household wellbeing and critical for communities and the economy. Housing policies at the national, state and local level are failing to adapt to changing social needs and economic conditions, and frequently entrench inequalities within and between generations. Per Capita’s Centre for Equitable Housing works toward a future where all Australians can be sure of a secure, appropriate, sustainable and affordable home, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Equitable Housing
May 27, 2024

Treasury Build to Rent Concessions Submission

The CEH welcomes the Government’s announcement that investment in the Build-To-Rent sector would be supported through tax concessions.
Equitable Housing
May 27, 2024

Help to Buy Bill 2024 (Qld) Submission

The Help to Buy Scheme gives prospective first home buyers not living in social housing in Queensland the opportunity to access shared equity homeownership.
Equitable Housing
April 15, 2024

Submission to Everybody’s Home: People’s Commission into the Housing Crisis

In early 2024, Everybody’s Home convened a 'People’s Commission into the Housing Crisis'.
Equitable Housing
January 16, 2024

On Whose Account? Government Spending on Housing

This paper shows the shift away from treating housing policy as a core economic function of the government to a residual element of the welfare system. The absence of a comprehensive federal housing budget means that the distributional impacts of funding allocation and changes in spending on different groups in society remain largely unevaluated.
Equitable Housing
October 31, 2023

The National Housing and Homelessness Plan: A historic opportunity not to be missed

The development of a new NHHP presents the Federal Government with an historic opportunity to reshape Australia’s broken housing system, to modernise it for the needs of contemporary Australia and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.   
Equitable Housing
August 31, 2023

Light as Air: Regulating Short Term Rentals in Australia

The impact of short-term rental (STR) platforms such as Airbnb has become increasingly problematic, particularly since the end of the COVID-19 lockdowns, as long-term rental dwelling availability has shrunk, and prices increased.
Equitable Housing
August 15, 2023

Regulating Rentals in Australia: what works?

This paper examines the data to establish if there is, indeed, a rental crisis in Australia, and surveys local and international research to determine what would work to improve the experience of renting a home in the Australian market.
Equitable Housing
July 17, 2023

Submission to the Inquiry into the Rental and Housing Affordability Crisis in Victoria

Many of the causes of the rapid increase in rental prices and mortgage costs are national in origin. However, there are many areas in which the Victorian government can work with federal counterparts to address these national level policy issues or work on mitigating some of the effects at the state level.
July 3, 2023

When it comes to housing wealth, being a man pays dividends

By Matt Lloyd-Cape and Lucy Tonkin. Open a newspaper on any day and you’ll be met with a new story about Australia’s housing crisis. How older women are the fastest growing cohort to experience homelessness, or that female heads of lone parent households are most likely to experience significant and prolonged housing stress. But we ... Read more
Equitable Housing
June 22, 2023

Glass Ceilings: Gendered Inequality in the Housing System – The Australian Housing Monitor, Report 2

This paper explores some of the gendered inequalities within the housing system, based on the Australian Housing Monitor, a recent survey of nearly 4000 people. Differences in how men and women experience affordability, security, and quality of housing are evident across nearly every metric.
Equitable Housing
March 30, 2023

The Australian Housing Monitor: Housing affordability experiences, attitudes and appetite for change

The Australian Housing Monitor is a new annual survey of public attitudes toward, and experiences of, housing.
Equitable Housing
May 2, 2022

Housing Affordability in Australia – Tackling a wicked problem

Owning one’s own home has long been understood as the Great Australian Dream. The truth is, secure housing in Australia is increasingly out of reach for a growing proportion of the population – arguably more so than in any comparable country.
Equitable Housing
July 22, 2021

Generation Stressed: House Prices and the Cost of Living in the 21st Century

In this discussion paper, we estimate the total cost of a mortgage as a proportion of wages over the 30-year life of a standard home loan. To do this, we compared home prices, mortgage rates, and wage changes to see what proportion of a median income would go to covering the cost of the median ... Read more
Equitable Housing
April 9, 2021

Per Capita Submission to the Ten-Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy for Victoria

Per Capita was excited and gratified to see the Victorian government announce the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build in 2020. As our advocacy has made clear, we believe that an investment in social housing construction of that scale or more is not only desperately needed to begin to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis in this state, but also represents one of the most effective and efficient forms of economic stimulus that we could employ as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19.