9 September 2019

Lessons from the National Rental Affordability Scheme

The Rudd government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme was expensive, unfair, and poorly targeted. In this presentation, Grattan’s Brendan Coates identifies better ways to help poor people into housing.

25 February 2019

Where is home for marginalised consumers?

Most low-income Australians secure their housing in the private rental market, and even more will do so in future. Housing policy should reflect that reality.

11 July 2018

Supply sceptics beware: without more housing, it won’t be affordable

Some affordable-housing advocates are sceptical that building more homes will result in housing becoming much more affordable. Instead they argue that there should be more subsidies for social and affordable housing, and fewer tax breaks that artificially boost housing demand.But in this presentation the Australian Conference of Economists, Grattan Institute’s Australian Perspectives Fellow Brendan Coates shows why more supply is vital to housing affordability.

27 June 2018

Housing tax reform: what difference will it make?

This presentation to the NSW Affordable Housing Conference identifies the tax reforms that will (and won’t) make a real difference to housing affordability. Changes to capital gains tax, negative gearing, stamp duty and land tax would all help. But boosting the supply of housing matters more in the long term.

7 June 2018

Most new housing isn’t high end housing

The conventional wisdom among many affordable-housing advocates is that most new housing built in Australia is too expensive for low- and middle-income earners. This conventional wisdom is wrong. Grattan Institute’s new analysis shows that most new houses are being built in cheaper-than-average suburbs on the fringes on our major cities.