Housing and Homelessness
More and more people have not been able to afford a home because housing and land cost in Australia has been on the rise.
There have been many factors contributing to this – waves in the economy, changes to the building sector and it has been felt the hardest by those on low incomes.
The impacts of the shortfalls are real and affect people’s lives. Australians are renting for longer, delaying starting a family and the lack of suitable housing is making people’s livelihoods uncertain and insecure. The number of people experiencing housing stress is increasing.
Housing is important for everyone. Homelessness is also a major issue in Australia and on any given night, more than 105,000 Australians are homeless.
The Australian Government is committed to housing and is looking for ways to find lasting and sustained improvements that will improve housing outcomes for all Australians, now and into the future.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is a key source of policy advice in the areas of housing and homelessness and helps inform government responses to current and future challenges including how to improve housing affordability for all Australians – renters, home owners and home buyers. It is responsible for programmes and services, benefits and payments, grants and funding for organisations providing services to that help make housing more affordable and reduce homelessness.
The Australian Government will focus on housing and homelessness in 2014-15, so it can develop a realistic and long-term solution to the issues Australia is currently experiencing around housing affordability.