Dear Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition,

We write following the rise in disturbing rhetoric linking Australia’s migration levels to the current housing crisis.

We are deeply concerned that migrant communities are being scapegoated as the primary reason for this crisis.

We call on the government and opposition to show leadership in this debate and focus on the primary causes of Australia’s housing affordability problem.

The housing crisis has been decades in the making. Poor policy choices by successive governments have pushed up the cost of housing to unsustainable levels. Overwhelming evidence tells us the chronic undersupply of social housing and inflationary impacts of investor tax incentives are fuelling the current crisis.

Australia is one of the least densely populated countries on earth, yet is among the most expensive places to live. Rents rose more between March 2020, when borders closed, and February 2022, when borders fully reopened, than the entire decade prior. House prices similarly surged by 25 percent over the same period.

Many Australian industries rely heavily on migrants, including essential services like healthcare, childcare and construction. Migrants do not just create demand for housing – we rely on them to build the homes that we need.

Band-aid solutions and easy options will not fix this problem. To make housing affordable again, Australia must tackle the big drivers of this crisis including ending the unfair tax policies that push up the cost of housing and building significantly more social and affordable homes.

Yours sincerely,

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Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Central Queensland 

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Baptist Care Australia

CatholicCare Broken Bay

Children by Choice

Coffs Harbour Older Women’s Network 

Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association

Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA)

Dawn House

Democracy in Colour Ltd

Equality Rights Alliance 

Family Access Network

Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Foley House

Homelessness Australia

Housing for the Aged Action Group 


Justice Connect



McAuley Community Services for Women 

Melbourne City Mission 

Mission Australia 

Mornington Community Support Centre

National Shelter 

Parkerville Children and Youth Care

Queensland Council of Social Services

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 

Shelter NSW

Soroptimist International Australia

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

Tableland Community Housing Assoc.

Tenants’ Union of NSW 

Tenants Victoria

The Salvation Army, Murrumbidgee and Canberra Homeless

Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Uniting Vic.Tas

Welcoming Australia


Wollongong Homeless Hub and Housing Services

Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)

Women’s Legal Service NSW

Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Youth Affairs Council Victoria 

YWCA Australia 

Zonta Club of Orange

Zonta Club of the Blue Mountains 

Zonta District 24