Making sure everyone has a home should be our first priority. But the reality is that our housing system is failing millions of Australians.
Our system is rigged against renters. The tax system is driving up the cost of rent for millions of Australians.
Almost all of our major cities have become unaffordable for people on low incomes. But this Snapshot also shows that regional areas failing to offer relief.
There is a huge shortage of secure, affordable rentals. That’s causing record levels of rental stress and even homelessness.
This does not have to be the way of the future. We can and we must tackle homelessness and rental stress – and make sure that everyone has a place to call home.
» More public and social housing
People on the lowest incomes are being squeezed out of the rental marker, and we have chronic shortage of social and affordable housing.
It’s urgent government that the government invests in social housing. We need 300,000 new social and public housing properties across Australia.
» Fund homes for people on low incomes by fixing the tax system
Tax breaks for investors and speculators are driving up prices. This isn’t just hurting home buyers – it’s driving up rent costs.
We need to create a fairer tax system, by limiting negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions. We can invest the billions we save in social and affordable rental housing for people in need.
» Relief for people struggling to make the rent
Commonwealth Rent Assistance has failed to keep pace with the real cost of renting – and for people on some government income payments, like Youth Allowance and Newstart, it doesn’t kick in until their rent is already causing serious financial stress.
We need to reform and increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance so that it works for people struggling to pay the rent.
» Tackling the causes of homelessness
Homelessness is rising across Australia because people can’t afford a secure place to live, especially in times of crisis. Before they can take on all of the aspects of their lives, people need a home.
We need to provide enough public and social housing to meet the needs of the more than 100,000 Australians without a home.
Once people have a home, we need to provide support for them to tackle the other problems they face.
» A better deal for renters
Millions of Australians will be renting for their whole lives – but how can anyone make a home where they rent if they can’t have a pet, hang pictures, or ask for things that break to be repaired? And nobody can be truly at home if they can be evicted with little notice and no grounds.
We need all Australian states and territories to change their laws to protect renters’ from unfair evictions, rent rises, discrimination and landlords who refuse to maintain properties.