The measures in the 2017-18 federal budget targeting the supply of lower-cost rental housing are limited. There are no significant funding increases to social housing and homelessness services. There is no increase in rent assistance to help low-income renters in the private rental market.
Capital gains tax and negative gearing settings remain largely untouched, and the proposed bond aggregator will support expansion of housing aimed at very specific groups.
For the majority of Australia’s renters, housing will remain unaffordable, insecure and out of reach.
Read my analysis of rental measures in the 2017 budget here.