Social housing


24 Nov 2017

This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.


5 Oct 2017

The significant growth in the scale and sophistication of Australia’s community housing sector has been revealed, with the release of this report that outlines further expected gains over the next two years.

Conference paper

20 Sep 2017

This paper presents a multi-method (interviews, cost-benefit analysis, technical monitoring) longitudinal evaluation of ten social housing dwellings in Horsham (Victoria, Australia), including four low-energy and six control houses. Occupants of the low-energy houses purchased 45-62% less electricity, had lower utility bills resulting in financial savings...


4 Sep 2017

The NSW Government asked IPART to undertake an independent review of social and affordable housing rent models. This review is one of the actions under the government’s social housing strategy, 'Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW.'

Policy report

14 Aug 2017

This report attempts to paint an overall picture of social housing need in New Zealand and the building response needed to address this.


Research report

10 Aug 2017

This report provides an overview of national-level, state and territory findings, as well as comparisons across public housing, state-owned and managed Indigenous housing, and community housing tenants.

Research report

8 Aug 2017

This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in Australia, as well as examined different finance models and...


4 Jul 2017

If one is really interested in providing more housing for people on low to moderate incomes, the community sector is the way to go – not public housing, argues Terry Burke.


9 Jun 2017

The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 is a 10-year framework driving key reforms and targeted investment across the housing continuum.

Research report

AHURI Final Report 281
18 May 2017

This study investigated the key drivers of Australian housing supply responsiveness.

Research report

27 Apr 2017

About 400,000 Australian households live in social housing, which covers public housing, community housing, Indigenous community housing, and Indigenous housing provided by governments.

The sector has many issues, including:

• In public housing, many dwellings fail adequacy standards, and numerous tenants are dissatisfied...



21 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 people homeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on...

Research report

16 Mar 2017

Executive Summary

It’s cheaper to provide last resort housing to homeless people than to leave them sleeping rough, a new cost-benefit analysis has found.

The analysis found governments and society benefit more than they spend by providing last resort housing to homeless...

Research report

2 Mar 2017

This research examined various possible links between housing related variables and employment, such as:

housing assistance (such as rent assistance or social housing) can blunt incentive to work and depress employment rates soaring real house prices have inflated housing wealth levels, especially for older...

Audio program

30 Jan 2017

When the Treasurer Scott Morrison visited London last week... he made time in his schedule... to see what he learn off the Brits when it came to housing affordability.

He toured a housing re-development at Elephant and Castle in South London that involved a...

Research report

30 Dec 2016

Executive summary

Since the mid-2000s, Australian housing policy-makers have taken an interest in the transfer of public housing to community housing providers (CHPs), partly as a means of transforming a social housing system dominated by financially unsustainable public housing into a vibrant affordable...

Briefing paper

28 Nov 2016

The research examined the impact of programs providing social housing with support for people experiencing homelessness under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

Audio program

9 Oct 2016

The eviction of social housing tenants from Sydney's CBD is nearly complete. The NSW government says it will build over a thousand houses elsewhere with the $500 million raised. But the sell-off has come at a social cost, and at the loss of an architecturally...

Research report

8 Oct 2016

The proportion of aged persons in Australia is set to increase significantly, posing many challenges. Amongst these is the growing number of households who lack housing security in retirement. The Age Pension in Australia is set at a comparatively low rate compared to other developed...



7 Oct 2016

The former chair of the NSW Heritage Council has criticised the state government's refusal to heritage list the landmark Sirius apartment building in the historic Rocks area of Sydney.

Key points:

NSW Government refusing to heritage list Sirius social housing complex, citing financial...