Dr Cameron Parsell is a research fellow at the University of Queensland and spoke at the Shelter Tas 2015 AGM on ‘Ending Homelessness: research and practice’.
For some time, the discussion on housing affordability in Australia has focused on the increasing cost of purchasing a home. Importantly, focusing on housing affordability through the lens of home ownership, does not provide insight into the households that are struggling with housing affordability most – those in the rental market.
National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning have formed a partnership to develop the Rental Affordability Index (RAI). The RAI examines rental affordability for all renting households in each state of Australia by postcode or suburb, and is produced quarterly. The RAI examines affordability trends in the rental market, with a particular focus on low income households.
It has been another busy year for Shelter Tas and our members, this report highlights our achievements and challenges, provides insight into the work of the past 12 months and looks to upcoming activities in the year ahead. There are reports from National Shelter, Homelessness Australia and the Community Housing Industry Association, as well as from services in each region. Click here to read the Annual Report.