Australia

'Having to ask for somewhere to live, it's difficult indeed': Single, female, homeless. Australia's shameful crisis

Older women are the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people in Australia today. According to census data, the number of women aged 65 to 74 describing themselves as homeless increased by 51 per cent in the five years to 2016.
2020

Ageing in the Right Place

This Ageing in the Right Place research was undertaken to better understand what the ‘right place’ means for people as they age. As this report discusses, older Australians are not one homogeneous group and they have varying needs. There are, however, some common threads. Three in four Australians aged 85 or older live independently at home, and not in care accommodation.
2020

Understanding and reimagining social housing pathways

This study explores the ways households experience pathways into, within and out of the Australian social housing system.
2020

Older and poorer: Retirement Income Review can’t ignore the changing role of home

The assumption that retired people have minimal housing costs underpins the settings of our retirement incomes system. But the real state of housing for older Australians today makes it critical for the Retirement Incomes Review to look at the evidence that now challenges this assumption.
2020

Effective downsizing options for older Australians

Downsizing—commonly defined as the act of older people moving to a dwelling with fewer bedrooms, a smaller land area and a lower value is viewed by Government as a way to address affordability and use the housing stock more efficiently.
2020

Women and Housing Policy (APR 2019)

Women’s economic and other inequality creates disadvantage in accessing housing, including housing insecurity and homelessness. Women’s disadvantage occurs in the context of an Australian housing market characterised by a lack of affordable rental housing, together with tightly targeted social housing with long waiting lists. This has led to the emergence of a cohort of people on low incomes
2019

Medium- and Long-Term Pressures on the System: The Changing Demographics and Dynamics of Aged Care

This paper outlines how demographic, social and economic pressures will impact on aged care in Australia. For many, particularly the very elderly (85+), advancing age brings with it an increasing need for care and support. Australia’s population is ageing and the proportion of very old people is increasing so there is likely to be an increase in demand for aged care services in coming decades.
2019

Supporting older lower income tenants in the private rental sector

Retired lower income households living in the private rental sector face rent increases and insecure tenure while being on low fixed incomes. They also live in housing that may not be physically suitable for them and may require alterations to make the premises liveable. The policy options presented here focus on assisting older lower income tenants.
2019

Women over 55 are Australia's fastest growing group of homeless

An introduction service for flatmates, converting family homes into partly self-contained apartments and building community-funded homeless shelters are among new attempts to help older Australian women find secure housing. Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Australia, though men and younger people are much more likely to be homeless, 2016 census data shows.
2019

Articulating value in cooperative housing: International and methodological review

This report details the evidence for identified benefits of cooperative housing, the variables of business models in operation, and core enabling factors.
2019
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