Housing

October 2017

Consultation starts on affordable housing measures – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Housing,

The federal Government has released a paper for public consultation on the proposed National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).

September 2017

Legislation introduced for Budget housing affordability measures – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Legislation, Trade and industry, Housing,

Legislation to implement the housing affordability package announced in the Budget has been introduced in federal Parliament.

August 2017

Exposure draft published of 2017 Budget housing affordability measures – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Housing,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has launched the latest phase of the Government’s housing affordability package.

July 2017

Draft bill to limit deductibility of expenses on housing investment – July 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Housing, Investment,

The federal Government has released exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for the housing affordability and tax integrity measures announced in the 2017-18 Budget.

May 2017

Housing affordability – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The Government announced the capital gains tax discount for investments in affordable housing will increase to 60 per cent.

March 2017

Federal Government investigates affordable housing finance arrangements – March 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Housing,

The Federal Government is examining how best to establish a new finance model to back affordable housing – setting up a ‘housing bond aggregator’.

November 2016

Treasurer tries to direct housing debate towards state regulation – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Housing,

The federal Government has sought to initiate a national debate on housing affordability but has been widely accused of blame-shifting to the states.

May 2016

Negative gearing and housing affordability debate escalates – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Economy, Housing,

Some of Australia’s biggest real estate firms are launching a campaign against Labor’s plans to curb negative gearing.

Not for Profit sector Parliament and Politics - May 2016: Federal Budget - Housing and Homelessness

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Charities, Social Services,

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra said, “The Budget has failed to take any action to address housing affordability in Australia, nor to lift the unemployment payment.”

February 2016

Government seeks investment innovation proposals – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

The Federal Government has established a working group to identify ways to increase affordable housing supply for those on low incomes, and implement trials of models in cooperation with states and territories.

Affordable housing – investment innovation sought – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

The Federal Government has established a working group to identify ways to increase affordable housing supply for those on low incomes, and implement trials of models in cooperation with states and territories.

Affordable housing – academic questions inquiry’s bona fides – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

An academic has argued that the shortage of affordable housing is the direct consequence of government policies, and not a policy failure.

December 2015

Funding for specialist disability housing – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Charities, Housing,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has announced that not-for-profit organisations building or modifying disability housing are able to apply for a share of $10 million of Commonwealth Government grants funding.

Housing for older Australians – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Housing,

A Productivity Commission research report says there is a general lack of affordable downsizing housing options for older Australians.

November 2015

Housing subsidies do not discourage employment, says PC – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

A research project carried out by the Productivity Commission shows that the type of housing assistance provided to the least well-off Australians has little to do with their employment prospects.

October 2015

Social Services Minister speaks on housing and homelessness – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Social Services, Housing,

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has delivered his first speech on housing and homelessness since taking over as Social Services Minister.

Call for national affordable housing strategy for older Australians – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Aged Care, Housing,

Aged & Community Services Australia has published a Position Paper calling for a national affordable housing strategy to ensure appropriate housing for older Australians.

June 2015

Hockey affordability comments stir anger - June 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

Treasurer Joe Hockey has dismissed claims that housing is unaffordable in Sydney and Australians wanting to buy their first home to “get a good job that pays good money”.

May 2015

Inquiry splits on Commonwealth role in housing policy - May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

A Senate inquiry into affordable housing has backed away from outright opposition to negative gearing for housing investment.

April 2015

Welfare housing myths debunked by Productivity Commission – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing,

A new report from the Productivity Commission says that changing public housing rent settings would be unlikely to boost employment among tenants.

March 2015

Tougher rules for foreign investment proposed – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Housing, Investment,

The Commonwealth Government says it will take action to strengthen Australia’s foreign investment framework for residential real estate and agriculture.

May 2014

First Home Saver Accounts Scheme abolished - May 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Housing,

As part of the 2014-15 Budget, the Government is abolishing the First Home Saver Accounts scheme using a phased approach, starting from Budget night.

First Home Saver Accounts Scheme abolished

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Housing,

As part of the 2014-15 Budget, the Government is abolishing the First Home Saver Accounts scheme using a phased approach, starting from Budget night.