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Submission to the Inquiry into the Rental and Housing Affordability Crisis in Victoria

TaskForce has made a submission to the Victorian Government’s inquiry into the rental and housing affordability crisis in Victoria.

Based on learnings from our innovative Living Free project, TaskForce noted that the rental and housing affordability crisis disproportionately impacts vulnerable women, increasing their risk of justice system involvement.

In our submission, we call for an increase in the supply of government-owned public housing, as well as incentivising private rental providers to offer more affordable housing options, particularly in postcodes with higher rates of justice system involvement.

Our submission to the inquiry also calls for increased funding for specialist services to support marginalised women to access and remain in long-term, safe and affordable housing.

Additionally, we call for improved renting conditions in the private rental market, as well as an improvement in oversight to ensure standards are enforced.

Finally, our submission calls for the Government to remove the ability of real estate agents and rental providers to ask for a police check as this leads to discriminatory outcomes.

To read the full submission, click here.