The Real Estate Institute of Australia has backed the Federal Government’s decision to keep the current negative gearing policy and capital gains tax unchanged. The REIA says the move demonstrates that the Government has an “understanding of the facts”.


REIA president Neville Sanders has applauded the government for not falling for claims that the current tax arrangements impacting housing affordability.


“The current tax arrangements, in treating property no differently to other forms of investment, provides an incentive for private investment which increases supply for our growing population, keep rents affordable and eases the burden on social housing,” Sanders says.


“With large increases in house prices in Australia’s two largest capital cities, there have been many claims that the current tax treatment of negative gearing and capital gains of residential property is exacerbating housing affordability issues.


“This is simply not the case. Indeed the public interest is being served and advanced through the current taxation arrangements.”


Sanders says the current policy provides many Australians with the opportunity to invest in property and expand their savings, while on a larger scale, improves rental affordability through an increased supply of rental housing.