Innovations in stock matching and allocations: the social housing challenge
This project report examines whether current social housing allocation and matching policies and practices meet the needs of applicants or tenants and maximise social housing sector performance and efficiency outcomes. It looks at how to optimise housing stock allocations based on individual needs, and neighbourhood...
Quantifying Australia’s unmet housing need: a national snapshot
The analysis outlined in this report reveals that over 600,000 Australian households are in housing stress, with the figure projected to rise to almost one million by 2041 without ongoing funding for social and affordable housing.
Homelessness amongst older people aged over 55 in New South Wales
While traditional stereotypes of people who experience homelessness persist, it is increasingly older people, particularly older women, who are the 'face' of homelessness of NSW today. This inquiry has found that the shortfall in both social and affordable housing is exacerbated by statewide housing shortages...
The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector
COVID-19 has radically changed the housing landscape - not only for tenants, but also for landlords, real estate agents, advocacy groups, and all levels of government. This research finds that it is likely that many of the negative impacts of the pandemic on the rental...
Private sector involvement in social and affordable housing
This research investigates models for engaging private sector investors and developers in financing or delivering social and affordable housing, across different market segments and tenures in Australia and internationally. It also identifies key existing and potential players, and financial, regulatory or development barriers to wider...
Housing First: the challenges of moving from pilot to policy
This article looks at what the Housing First approach is, the findings of evaluations of this approach (including outcomes achieved and why this approach works), and then explores why these pilots haven’t yet become standard policy.
A plan to end homelessness in Victoria
The Victorian state election in November 2022 creates an opportunity for Victorians to encourage decision makers to make the changes needed to end homelessness. This position paper calls on the next Victorian government to implement 27 changes that would help to end homelessness.
Options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage
This report identifies and addresses barriers to additional social and affordable housing supply throughout New South Wales. It discusses the potential benefit of 'meanwhile use' and other innovative solutions and formulates a list of requirements to ensure these solutions provide safe and appropriate housing for...
Community housing sector growth opportunities: collaboration between government and industry to drive supply
This report highlights how a collaboration between the WA Government and industry, in partnership with the community housing sector, can drive the supply of social and affordable housing.
A plan to end homelessness
This strategy document asserts that homelessness can be solved through providing more safe and affordable housing, ensuring people’s incomes allow them to afford housing and other essentials, and providing support where needed for people to get into and sustain a home.
Delivering social housing services
Social housing is rental housing that is funded, or partly funded, by the government. It is available to eligible Queenslanders who cannot access or sustain a tenancy in the private rental market. This audit examines whether social housing is effectively managed by the Department of...
Social mix at Nightingale Village
Social mix, by including social housing tenures in private developments, is a widely used mechanism for improving access to social housing. Yet there is little evidence about its benefits despite growing interest in mechanisms such as inclusionary zoning. This report delivers a baseline of practitioner...
Findings from the 50 Lives 50 Homes program: final evaluation report 2022
The '50 Lives' program pioneered the launch of 'Housing First' into the homelessness service system and onto the political agenda in Western Australia in late 2015. Fast forward to this final evaluation report, and the '50 Lives' collective impact program has supported nearly 300 people...
Managing access to social housing in Australia: unpacking policy frameworks and service provision outcomes
This report presents an overview of the policies and quantitative data associated with the management of access to social housing in Australia. That is, the rules and procedures that govern the allocation of social housing properties, and the handling of tenancy applications.
The case for councils being community housing providers
This paper has been prepared in response to a remit put forward at the 2019 LGNZ AGM, and in light of the current Review into the Future for Local Government. It examines the reasons why local authorities have been excluded from being supported to be...
Sustainable temporary adaptive reuse for a COVID-19 recovery and resilient cities approach
Temporary adaptive reuse is an economic renewal policy mechanism to address vacancy, and an asset management technique to maximise space in underused commercial buildings. This paper presents reflections and findings of early-stage research using a co-design methodology to develop the Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR)...
Social housing tenants’ lived experiences in Australia: an infrastructure of care?
This paper uses data collected from qualitative in-depth interviews with social housing providers and tenants in four Australian states, to highlight their experiences about the extent and ways in which an ethic of care is involved in life in social housing.
Homes for people: how Nordic policies can improve Australia’s housing affordability
Australia’s housing affordability crisis results from an over-reliance on just two options – private home ownership and private renting. To tackle it, a wider repertoire of policies is required. This report brings together three essays from writers with knowledge of Australian and Nordic social policy...
Ending homelessness in Australia
The authors of this paper argue that homelessness can be ended in Australia through investment in social and affordable housing, long-term support to those who need it, and targeted programs addressing the underlying drivers of homelessness.
Northern Territory community housing growth strategy: 2022-32
This strategy has been developed to transform the way social and affordable housing is delivered to Territorians through supporting a diverse and sustainable community housing sector.
‘What works’ to sustain Indigenous tenancies in Australia
This study examines the characteristics of successful tenancies for Indigenous people to understand ‘what works’ for successful housing outcomes, including for private and social housing, and across different locations.
Ending homelessness in Australia: an evidence and policy deep dive
This report contributes to the research and evidence base for ending homelessness using an ending homelessness model built around addressing drivers of homelessness, meeting the direct needs of those experiencing homelessness, increasing the supply of social and affordable housing and supporting the enabling environment.
Sustainability through resilient collaborative housing networks: a case study of an Australian pop-up shelter
The UN Sustainable Development Goal “Sustainable Cities and Communities” foregrounds access to adequate, safe, and affordable housing. However, housing as a sector has faced significant sustainability challenges. Countries such as Australia face unaffordable house prices, bottlenecks in social housing supply, and escalating homelessness. To address...
Social Housing Regulation Review: interim report
This interim report aims to identify future regulatory arrangements that will best support the long-term interests of social housing residents and their communities in Victoria. It also aims to best position social (and affordable) housing for growth and transformation over the coming decades.
National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review: issues paper
The review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement will examine how well the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out in the Agreement, and the suitability of the Agreement for the future. This issues paper has been...