Housing Affordability

Labor is worried that the Australian Dream of home ownership is slipping out of the reach of too many middle class and working class families.

First time buyers are being priced out by wealthy residential property investors who own several homes.

That is why Labor has a positive plan to help housing affordability.

If you’re looking to buy your first home, chances are it hasn’t been easy.

Thousands of first home buyers like you across Australia are being priced out of the market by wealthy residential property investors who own several homes.

But Labor has a plan to put the Australian dream of home-ownership back within the reach of first home buyers. Our plan to reform negative gearing and capital gains tax will level the playing field for first home buyers competing with investors.

We’ll put some fairness back into the housing market, and make improvements to the Budget bottom line. Labor is worried that the Australian Dream of home-ownership is slipping out of the reach of too many middle class and working class families.

  • First home buyers make up just 1 out of 7 of all home purchases in Australia
  • Ownership rates for young people aged 25-34 have spiralled downwards in recent years from 60% to 48%.
  • Thousands of first home buyers like you across Australia are being priced out of the market by wealthy residential property investors who own several homes.

If we keep going like we are now, there’s a very real risk future generations of young Australians will be locked out of the property market forever.

The problem is, first home buyers are on an uneven playing field with other buyers such as investors:

  • Investors in Australia have an unfair advantage because they can access the most generous tax concessions on housing in the developed world.
  • Last year, for the first time in history, more than 50% of all new home loan approvals were for investment purposes.

The good news? Labor has a plan to put the Australian dream of owning your own home back within the reach of first home buyers like you. We don’t want to let your dream of owning your own home vanish for you or your kids.

Our plan will reform negative gearing and capital gains tax to make sure the housing market works for all Australians. These reforms are about putting some fairness back into the housing market, and making improvements to the Budget bottom line.

These reforms are also good for our economy and will deliver $32.1 billion in savings which will help us to fund important reforms like Labor’s Your Child. Our Future, a plan to boost our schools for every child in every school across Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal-Nationals don’t know what it’s like to struggle buying your first home. If we want a housing market that works for first home buyers as well as investors, we need a new approach.