Why Australia’s affordable housing framework is inadequate

A report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found that the country’s framework for affordable housing is insufficient, driven by funding opportunities rather than housing needs.

In a report for Pro Bono Australia, AHURI researchers analysed six recently completed projects across the country, measuring how housing costs, revenues, and subsidies affected the development of new affordable housing projects.

Laurence Troy, one of the report’s authors, told Pro Bono Australia that affordable housing projects had to make do with the opportunities currently available rather than the actual need for cheap housing.

“Because of the inconsistency in policy and subsidy support mechanisms, it meant that they were not producing the best [possible] outcomes. There needs to be consistent policy and it needs to be operating at a national level because there are currently different mechanisms within the Commonwealth and state domains,” Troy said.

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