housing affordability


To mark Homelessness Week 2017, Council to Homeless Persons analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data to expose trends in ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness. Just 6% of people who are experiencing homelessness are sleeping on the street. The majority are effectively invisible to society.  This data shows that hidden […]

Rise in hidden forms of homelessness triggers call for 100,000 ...


              Kate Colvin, Policy and Communications Manager, Council to Homeless Persons.   This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Parity, Australia’s only dedicated publication on homelessness and housing issues. Subscribe to Parity here  The Royal Commission report recognised the critical importance […]

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                                    An AIHW report released this month shows that 1-in-6 Victorian public housing properties are ‘underutilised,’ and 5% are overcrowded.  ‘Underutilised’ means that the properties contain spare bedrooms that are going unused by […]

Public housing is under-utilised and overcrowded


The latest DHHS rent report shows that Melbourne’s rental affordability is the worst on record, with just 5.7% of all rentals in Melbourne affordable to someone on a low income. Put simply, 1-in-20 rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone on a low income compared to five years ago when 1-in-5 […]

Melbourne rental affordability worst on record



The Wheeler Centre has hosted a public, in-depth Q&A on homelessness featuring a panel of experts in the field, including: Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia and CEO of Council to Homeless Persons Lucy Adams, Manger of Homeless Law Erika, who has a lived experience of homelessness Michael Perusco, CEO […]

Expert panel on homelessness condemns Melbourne’s proposed homeless bylaws


With the federal budget due for release on 9 May, and rumours swirling of a housing bond aggregator as its centrepiece, now seems like the right time to ask; what is a housing bond aggregator and, importantly, will it help make housing more affordable?   What is a housing bond […]

What is a bond aggregator and will it make housing ...



The Treasurer’s highly-anticipated speech on housing affordability has succeeded in articulating the depth and breadth of Australia’s affordability crisis but failed to provide a comprehensive policy response. It is a positive development that the Federal Government recognises that housing affordability, for both buyers and renters, is bad and getting worse. […]

Treasurer fails to address real issues behind housing affordability crisis


In recent weeks, the media has reported on the Federal Government’s plans to overhaul the National Housing Affordability Agreement (NAHA), casting uncertainty over the future of $1.35 billion of annual funding to housing and homelessness services across the country. The NAHA currently delivers $1.35 billion a year in funding for […]

More not less funds needed for public housing and homelessness



Yesterday the Andrews’ Government released its first Budget with a range of social spending and a particular focus on child and family services. The centrepiece of the housing and homelessness funding was $40 million over four years to continue seven Innovation Action Projects (IAP). Initially the Innovation Action Projects were […]

State Budget 2015-16: More money for innovation projects to end ...


On 30 May, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey released a Tax Discussion paper entitled Re:think. The paper kicks off a national conversation between the community and Government about Australia’s tax system as part of large-scale tax review. Although we can be quick to switch off when it comes to tax talk, […]

Why the current tax debate matters for those who care ...