How we can fix our broken housing sytem
Our housing system is broken and it’s time to fix the it.
- Ordinary Australians are being locked out of homeownership
- Renters are missing out and having to move from house to house
- And there’s nowhere else for many people to go.
- More social and affordable homes
Skyrocketing house prices and rents mean that thousands of Australians are missing out. Workers like nurses, police officers, teachers and childcare workers are commuting for hours just to get to work – or they’re having to leave the city and communities they care for. Australia will need 500,000 social and affordable homes by 2026. A National Housing Strategy to meet Australia’s identified shortfall of 500,000 social and affordable homes will determine the respective roles of federal, state and local governments and identify the full range of instruments required to achieve this.
2. A better deal for renters
With crazy house prices locking many ordinary Australians out of home ownership there are almost as many renters as people who own their own home outright.
In many Australian cities and towns rents have been rising much faster than people’s income and people are paying so mu ch in rent they cant meet basic costs like decent food, electricity, education and medical expenses.
We’re calling on the Federal government to Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50% a week for those in the highest rental stress and review the way Rent Assistance is calculated to make eligibility and payments fairer. We’re also calling against evictions, unfair rent rises, discrimination and landlords who refuse to maintain properties.
3. Support for home buyers
Tax breaks for property speculators are fuelling speculation and driving up prices much faster than incomes. It means thousands of Australian first home buyers are being locked out of the market or out-bid by investors. We’re want all governments to reduce negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions and to reset housing taxation to deliver fairer outcomes.
4. With real effort we can halve homelessness in 5 years and end it in 10.
We’re calling on governments to put together a national action plan to end homelessness that addresses all the drivers of homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, poverty and family violence. The needs to rapidly rehouses people who are homeless and address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the homeless service system.