Our latest campaign and thought leadership report A stark reality: Part one in a thought leadership series on housing choice and affordability for a growing Australia, was launched on 8 February 2023 at a Parliament House event with Housing Minister Julie Collins.
The report focuses on the issue of every Australian deserving access to a safe, affordable and fit for purpose home, and draws together community sentiment and data to paint a stark picture of Australia as a global laggard in providing affordable housing for its people. Crucially, the report also highlights potential solutions to the crisis.
Achieving national prime time television and extensive print media coverage, the campaign quickly caught the attention of decision makers and community members across the country.
In a demonstration of our advocacy strength, 24 hours after the campaign launch, Minister Collins introduced bills into Federal Parliament to establish the Housing Australia Future Fund, National Housing Supply and Affordability Council and Housing Australia.
We welcome this initiative to have all levels of government and business working together.
It’s an important first step to get government working together with industry to bridge the national housing deficit and stimulate the new supply that Australia desperately needs in order to address the housing supply shortage.
Australia’s population is predicted to rise to 39.2 million by 2060, meaning 13 million more people will call Australia home. Much of this growth will be concentrated in Australia’s cities, which are set to continue to grow significantly and well above the OECD Average.
Despite our famed quality of life and the promotion of a national lifestyle ideal, Australia is accidentally pursuing a low amenity and low liveability model of growth. According to Demographia’s International Housing Affordability 2022 report, Australia was the sole nation with all of the major city markets ranked as severely unaffordable.
Our Stark Reality campaign will include several thought leadership reports focused on three key pillars: choice, affordability and the need to plan for a growing Australia.
Access resources and find out more about our Stark Reality housing affordability campaign below.