Housing policies of the major parties

Housing is a critical issue for women and their families.

The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) has compared and contrasted the housing and homelessness policies of the major political parties in the lead up to the 2013 election. NFAW has not endorsed any particular policies.

NFAW is a non-partisan feminist organisation. NFAW is not dependent on government financial support. Our purpose in this project is to assist women (and their partners) to make a well informed decision.  Text has been submitted to political parties to check for accuracy. Text in quotation marks has been supplied by the party.

The National Housing Supply Council (NHSC) projects that by 2020 the dwelling gap between supply and demand will have grown to 456,400[1]. The last ten years has seen a continual increase in the number of people who are homeless or living in marginal housing[2].  Private renters, single-person households under the age of 65 and low-income home purchasers experience housing affordability stress most acutely[3]. Women are over-represented among these groups.  Research also shows that large numbers of single, older women will soon reach retirement without economic and housing security[4].

This document explores both current programs and responses to the relevant recommendations of the Review of Australia’s Future Tax System (Henry Review).

Click here for the full document – Housing comparison July 2013

[1] National Housing Supply Council, State of Supply Report 2011 [ONLINE], available at http://nhsc.org.au/files/2013/02/nhsc-state-of-supply-report-2011.pdf  [Accessed 24 June 2013].

[2] Housing Supply Council- Housing Supply and Affordability Issues 2012-2013 [ONLINE], available at http://nhsc/org/au/files/2013/04/housing_supply_affordability_report_2012-13.pdf  [Accessed 24 June 2013].  

[3]AHURI –Housing Affordability [ONLINE], available at: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/themes/housing_affordability/ [Accessed 24 June 2013].

[4] For example, see Dr Andrea Sharam, A predictable crisis: older, single women as the new face of homelessness [ONLINE], available at http://www.apo.org.au/sites/default/files/A%20predictable%20crisis%20updated%20version%202011.pdf [Accessed 24 June 2013].