The QCOSS Housing Policy Review explores the background context to housing policy, comparing and integrating policy frameworks of government, peak bodies and expert researchers into a QCOSS housing policy framework.
1. Policy background and context – housing is a critical social issue.
An introduction to the background context to housing and a comparison of current policy frameworks of government, peak bodies and expert researchers.
Shelter is defined by the United Nations as a basic human need and a fundamental right so we start by describing how Queenslanders build their lives around their home and the way housing has been viewed in Australia.
We look at what is causing the decline of housing affordability through the lens of escalating housing costs, widespread housing stress, problems associated with social housing and the current high levels of homelessness.
Also covered is a look at how housing policy has been distorted by prioritizing housing as an investment commodity over the human right of shelter. And lastly, a discussion around the impact of tax treatment, whether or not there is a problem of supply and looks at the whether first home owner’s grants improve affordability.
2. QCOSS’s involvement with housing policy and practice
This section outlines how QCOSS represents the interests of individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing poverty and how important the role of housing is in underpinning wellbeing.
QCOSS has been involved in many housing related projects and policy developments which are listed.
3. Key stakeholders and data sources
A comprehensive list of the key stakeholders and data sources considered when writing this review.
4. Housing policy framework
The QCOSS housing policy framework is intended to be holistic, integrated and comprehensive. Therefore, it was developed from a broad range of sources developed by government, peak bodies, academic research and service providers. These frameworks are listed in this section.
5. Policy analysis – housing system models
As the name implies, this section looks at a number of housing system models such as the housing continuum, tenant engagement – public participation spectrum and the social housing outcomes models.
6. Policy analysis – comparative frameworks and theory of change
A tool to help readers evaluate comparative policy framework, evidence base and policy instruments.
7. Draft QCOSS housing Position Statement
This last section outlines the context and recommended actions of each of the policy frameworks evaluated in the previous section.