The provision of Commonwealth rent assistance to residents of non-standard forms of accommodation

Project Status: Archive
People Involved: Tony Eardley
Research Areas: Measures of Social Inequality & Wellbeing
Funding Agency: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Non-Staff Involved: Kathy Tannous (University of Western Sydney), Denise Thompson

This report examines policies on Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) for older people living in retirement villages, manufactured home parks and caravan parks. The study was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to address concerns that eligibility criteria for CRA may have become inequitable across these different forms of housing because of changes in costs and tenure arrangements. It provides information on financial and tenure arrangements in the different types of residential setting, and on the socio-economic and financial circumstances of residents. The research involved a review of the literature; a telephone survey of operators of a national random sample of the three forms of non-standard accommodation; and survey of residents in the village/park sample.