The pace of policy interventions to support Australians during COVID-19 was unprecedented. Housing and homelessness issues, while acute before the pandemic, are fast becoming an extreme and unprecedented crisis. Many Australians previously unaffected by housing insecurity are now experiencing factors directly linked to housing stress. In response, policy interventions emerged across different government levels involving very high commitments of public money – although policy coordination and evaluation of impacts remains unclear.
This project systematically maps policy-making activities targeting housing outcomes across government levels and non-state actors, to understand how well coordinated these efforts are. We also explore which housing-related outcomes and impacts should be evaluated to assist policy-making through the crisis.
Supported by the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, this collection commenced in May 2020.