Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

ACOSS Calls for Government Action on Housing


10 May 2004 at 1:05 pm
Staff Reporter
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has called on the Australian Government to respond to the worrying trends and problems identified in new ABS data on housing in Australia.

Staff Reporter | 10 May 2004 at 1:05 pm


0 Comments


 Print
ACOSS Calls for Government Action on Housing
10 May 2004 at 1:05 pm

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has called on the Australian Government to respond to the worrying trends and problems identified in new ABS data on housing in Australia.

ACOSS President Andrew McCallum says the data shows that fewer people own their own homes out-right, more have a mortgage debt, more rent privately and public housing is declining.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Housing Occupancy and Costs report shows that between 1996 and 2001:

– the proportion of households who own their own home declined from 43% to 38%.
– the proportion of households with a mortgage debt rose from 28% to 32%.
– the proportion of households who were renting privately rose from 19% to 21%.
– the proportion of households who rent through public housing declined from 6% to 5%.
McCallum says that most seriously the ABS data shows that large numbers of middle to low income people are paying 30% or more of their income in rent or housing costs – more than 1.1 million people are suffering such housing stress.

He says it is about time State and Federal Governments committed to a National Housing Strategy, the key elements of which should be:

– Improve rent assistance for jobless people;
– Improve public and community housing;
– Address tax rorts but give incentives for investment in affordable housing;
– Improve housing services for Indigenous Australians;
– Improve services for homeless people.

He says that with a large budget surplus and obvious needs for such investment, there is no reason why Government’s can’t help everyone secure a roof over their heads.

For a copy of the Summary of the ABS report go to www.abs.gov.au press the link from ‘Publications’ then ’41 Social Science General’ then the link to Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Advertisement

Virtual Congress - CPA Australia

Tags : Community,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Charity workers – the heart of future Australia

David Crosbie

Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 8:35 am

Charities struggle to adapt to COVID-19 technology challenges

Luke Michael

Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 8:00 am

iSponsor App launches to help support, connect, and grow your community

Contributor

Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 7:00 am

How a Perth engineer raised $5M in five weeks during the pandemic

Alecia Hancock

Wednesday, 28th October 2020 at 6:01 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×