01 July 2019

Social housing legal responses to crime and anti-social behaviour: Impacts on vulnerable families

This research reviewed social housing tenancies, law, and policies in New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory and the national policy principles and frameworks relating to four types of vulnerable people; children, women affected by domestic violence,  Indigenous persons, and people affected by alcohol and other drugs. The research found cases where women were held to be in breach and evicted because of violence against them; children being evicted, and most often for the misconduct of others, and insufficient safeguards as to their interests; complicated circumstances and barriers to support for Indigenous tenants and alcohol and drug treatment disrupted by punitive termination proceedings. The report suggested a range of policy options for addressing the identified problems, including moving offers of support out of the shadow of termination, tenancy law reform and closer integration of social housing policy with leading frameworks in other policy areas.