Australian landlords pay $1 billion less tax per year than the Tax Office believes they should, with almost all of the ‘errors’ in their favour.
In Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, housing cooperatives help both renters and those wanting to own a secure, high-quality home. Better housing options for Australia are waiting in plain sight.
Failing to address skyrocketing housing prices risks the future of young Australians and the financial system.
From Opal Tower to Sculpture by the Sea, we look back on the top UNSW Built Environment stories in 2019.
The delivery of affordable housing in Australia is in desperate need of a shakeup, says UNSW City Futures Research Fellow Dr Laurence Troy.
Topping up deposits by as much as 15 percentage points will help, but housing isn't risk-free.
Reforms to the negative gearing and capital gains tax rules will improve housing affordability for renters, says Professor Hal Pawson at UNSW Built Environment.
Negative gearing distorts the tax system and is skewed in favour of higher incomes, says UNSW Business School tax expert Dr Ann Kayis-Kumar.
Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.
The best time to shut down negative gearing is when few people are taking it up. That time could well be now.