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January 20, 2022

Call for Federal Government to make an urgent investment in social housing

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The housing crisis is not easing and organisers of the Everybody’s Home campaign are calling on the Federal Government to make an urgent investment in social housing as rental vacancy rates across Australia remain low.

Australia’s national vacancy has decreased by nearly a third over the last 12 months and is currently sitting at 1.7 per cent.

Everybody’s Home spokesperson Professor David Adamson says that rate is expected to decrease even further over the course of the next month. ‘We usually see stronger demand in January so that vacancy rate will lower even further,’ he said.

Vacancy rates are much lower in many state capitals, with Hobart’s vacancy rate sitting at 0.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent in Adelaide and 0.6 per cent in Perth.

Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia have invested up to $10 billion over the next few years to build social housing.

Without Federal Government investment, there will still be a shortfall of over 200,000 households who will be in need of social and affordable housing.

‘The situation really is dire for those on low incomes, with very few affordable rentals available. Through a lack of investment in social housing, the Federal Government has created a housing crisis.’

‘The only way to alleviate this crisis is for the Federal Government to step in and build social housing. While some state governments have made their own investments, only the Federal Government has the fiscal firepower needed to make a significant difference,’ said Professor Adamson.

For more information visit the Everybody’s Home campaign website.

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  1. the system is broken its designed to create wealth not shelter for humans, the only real solution is land reform and a reduction in the quality of acceptable living standards people should be able to lease a block of land from the government build a mud hut or a mc mansion depending on their financial circumstances, we have an insane amount of land in this country.

  2. Given that our governments have an increasingly poor record on social housing or land reform, the quickest way to ameliorate the rental crisis, especially in high-tourism regions such as ours, is to ban those parasitical operations such as Stayz, Airbnb, and other short-term holiday-letting operators. Local housing for locals before tourists!


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