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Alternative approaches to measuring rental housing affordability in Australia. /

By: Landt, John | National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling
Contributor(s): Bray, Rob
Series: NATSEM. Discussion paperPublisher: Canberra, A.C.T National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, University of Canberra 1997Description: v, 49 p. ; 21 cmISBN: 085889405XOther title: NATSEM. Discussion paper ; no. 16Subject(s): Rental Housing | Public Housing | Housing Finance | National Housing Strategy (australia) | Social Security | Costs | Poverty Line | Models | Disadvantaged Groups | Low Income | Needs Assessment | University Of Canberra. National Centre For Social And EconomicModelling (NATSEM) | Rental HousingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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April 1997. Includes bibliographical references.

The study analyses a range of approaches to measuring housing affordability in the Australian private rental market. In particular, it compares traditional consumption-based measures of housing affordability with a new measure of housing affordability based on the Canadian core housing need model, which includes the suitability of the dwelling for the household's needs as well as its cost. The main findings of the study are that low income earners in the private rental market generally pay rents similar to those of higher income earners. This results in housing stress for some low income families and individuals in the private rental market.

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