Even under unlikely assumptions that rents don’t rise at all, the number of Australians requiring rent assistance from the government is expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, a new report suggests.

In its latest report, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) said that even on unlikely assumptions that rents remain at current levels, a combination of demographic trends and growing numbers of people who rely upon the private rental market for shelter means that the number of Australians receiving…