State Orange Book

The latest Grattan Institute State Orange Book 2018 report outlines each year the policy priorities for the states and territories. 

The report surveys policy recommendations from ten years of Grattan Institute reports and outlines what the policy priorities should be for state governments across the nation.

In the area of housing the report identified the following priorities:

• Affordability will only get a lot better if governments ensure more homes are built.
• Building an extra 50,000 homes a year for a decade could leave Australian house prices 5-20 per cent lower than what they would have been otherwise, stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability, and increase economic growth.
• State governments can also make good-quality housing more affordable by improving rental conditions.
• Home-ownership is declining, especially among the young and poor, so many more Australians will be renting for longer. Yet renting is relatively unattractive given current rental markets and policies, it is generally much less secure, many tenants are restrained from making their house into their home, and renters are forced to move far more often than homeowners and are less satisfied with their housing.
• Governments also need to provide more support to low-income Australians who rent.
• The stock of social housing has barely grown in 20 years.
• Social housing should be reserved for those most in need, and at significant risk of becoming homeless for the long term.
• Extra support for the housing costs for low-income earners should be delivered through the Commonwealth Government boosting Rent Assistance.

The report goes on to make recommendations on how the housing priorities can be addressed including planning reform, making renting more attractive by changing tenancy laws, and boosting the supply of social housing to reduce homelessness

“Shelter WA welcomes this research from the Grattan Institute,” said Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie. “Many of the recommendations align with our advocacy to drive real solutions to alleviate housing related poverty through legislative and policy change.”

Read the full report here.

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