Home Loan Lending Strongest in Five Years

Demand for mortgages is starting to rise reveals the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Up to $26.5 billion worth of housing finance commitments were made in July this year, marking the second consecutive month of increases. ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said growth in new lending commitments to households in July was the strongest…

The Royal Commission into NDIS

The Royal Commission into NDIS

There’s no getting around the fact that it has been a busy few years for the disability sector. First, the NDIS rollout, then the Quality and Safeguards Commission comes along, and now a Royal Commission! It’s all very stressful. But while we’re all busy pulling our hair out, it is easy to forget that we…

What California is doing to address 22% homelessness, how we can learn

What California is doing to address 22% homelessness, how we can learn

California Democrats looking at cutting regulations to fix housing crisis. NAHB CEO Jerry Howard on the mortgage default rate reaching the highest level since the financial crisis and the rent-control proposal in California. Amid a housing crisis in California, state lawmakers are grappling with ways to address the growing issue. The state’s housing problem has been caused at least in…

Plenty of ideas, not much money

The federal government made it clear at the National Housing Conference that significant new spending isn’t likely

The federal government made it clear at the National Housing Conference that significant new spending isn’t likely. When more than a thousand delegates gathered in Darwin last week for Australia’s biennial national housing conference, they were welcomed by no fewer than three federal government ministers. By video, prime minister Scott Morrison, champion of “quiet Australians,” invoked…

Gold Coast

Infrastructure Investment Booms On The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s future looks bright, with $10.9 billion worth of recently completed, under construction or planned infrastructure investment accounted for within the last 12 months. National property consultants Urbis have identified 215 infrastructure projects worth at least $1 million each undertaken by both public and private sector, which totalled the spend. Mr Matthew Schneider,…

Infrastructure Australia recognises social housing as key infrastructure

Infrastructure Australia has released the Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019, which, for the first time, has expanded to cover the challenges and opportunities in providing Australia’s social infrastructure. As part of this new development, the Audit includes a necessary focus on social housing as an important part of social infrastructure. AHURI welcomes the inclusion of social housing…