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

By Wendy Stone (Swinburne University of Technology), Amity James (Curtin University), Caitlin Buckle (University of Sydney), Darren C Fisher (Swinburne University of Technology), Debbie Faulkner (University of South Australia), Emma Power (Western Sydney University), Selina Tually (University of South Australia), Zoe Goodall (Swinburne University of Technology)

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research (opens in a new window) 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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