Opinion: Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

The following opinion piece co-authored by Dr Emma Power from the School of Social Sciences and Institute for Culture and Society was first published with full links on The Conversation (opens in a new window).

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent. A systematic national approach is needed to reduce the numbers of people who have to give up their pets to secure housing – especially as we return to post-COVID “normal”.

Six housing experts spanning five Australian universities undertook the study of animal-inclusive housing and options for reform, the first of its kind internationally. It assesses state and territory housing and legislative reforms in the private rental sector, social housing, homelessness services, strata title, aged care and caravan parks. Here they explain what they found.

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23 February 2021

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