Public Housing

Renovating housing policy

Posted on October 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Housing policy in Australia is overdue for a major renovation. Government tax and welfare policies, by favouring homeowners and property investors over people who rent, are increasing the divide between Australians who own housing and those who do not. The divide is income-based and it is generational. While home ownership is stable or declining slightly in Australia, there are sharp falls in ownership rates among households with low incomes or aged under 45. This report...

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Public housing tenants on holidays could go to bottom of waiting list

Posted on September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments
HOLIDAYING public housing tenants could find themselves back at the bottom of the waiting list if they spend too long away from their taxpayer-funded homes. Housing Minister Tim Mander has revealed he is planning to overhaul the current rules which he says allow tenants to take “getaways” of up to 12 months yet still retain their tenancy while more than 20,000 households currently sit on the waiting list. Figures show more than 1360 public housing...

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