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Entries from August 31st, 2015

Is the NDIS housing exodus coming?

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments · Affordable housing

Just how big is the NDIS? Total funding for disability services will triple from $7 billion in 2012-13 to $22.2 billion in 2019-20, the first year the scheme will be fully rolled out nationally. Approximately 460,000 people with significant long-term disability will receive individualised NDIS funding packages to purchase disability support services. And just how […]

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Get rid of stamp duty – but don’t expect improved housing affordability

August 20th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Tax

Stamp duty is Australian tax reform’s pantomime villain, booed and hissed by everyone whenever it appears on stage. As a tax levied on transfers – in particular, transfers of real property, including housing – it is decried by economists as a lumpy and inefficient cost to transacting parties, and an unhappily volatile revenue source for State and Territory Governments. The […]

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Rooming house residents not yet adequately protected

August 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

(Self-portrait in front of boarding house – Charles Blackman) Recent reforms to rooming house (or boarding house) regulation have as yet proved only partially effective in ensuring better resident outcomes in this relatively high risk form of accommodation. The new oversight systems established in parallel in 2012 in NSW and Victoria both involved the creation […]

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What choice for tenants in Australia’s public housing transfers?

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Social housing

By Hal Pawson and Ilan Wiesel Recent years have seen federal and state governments taking a growing interest in transferring public housing to community housing providers (CHPs). CHP tenants may receive rent assistance (RA), whereas public housing tenants cannot. For this reason alone, such transfers can inject significant additional funds, captured indirectly through rent, into […]

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