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Effective strategies to fund increased social housing


A joint lunchtime presentation by housing researchers Julie Lawson and Kathleen Flanagan

Start Date

13 Feb 2019 12:30 pm

End Date

13 Feb 2019 1:30 pm


Aurora Theatre, IMAS, Castray Esplanade Hobart

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Associate Professor Julie Lawson from the RMIT AHURI Research Centre, Centre for Urban Studies, is the lead researcher on an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) inquiry into effective strategies for funding social housing.

In this joint presentation Dr Lawson will discuss the inquiry report, which evaluates the experience of public and private investment strategies in this sector both nationally and internationally; estimates the level of need (and backlog) for social housing in Australia for the next 20 years; and establishes the cost of procuring this housing across different land and construction markets.

The research modelled five alternative pathways to funding social housing and found the ‘capital grant’ model, supplemented by efficient financing, provides the most cost effective model for Australia. The research also established the current and future unmet need for social housing in different parts of Australia.

Demographic and financial modelling has also been undertaken of the estimated need and cost to government of five different investment scenarios from direct mission driven equity investment to private financing with an operating subsidy.

The results have important policy implications for the scale and direction of  social housing investment in Australia, including the newly established National Housing Finance Investment Corporation.

In this lunchtime presentation you will also hear from the University of Tasmania's Dr Kathleen Flanagan, Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) on her latest report into social housing.

Dr Flanagan is a co-author of the Institute for the Study of Social Change's recent Tasmanian housing reports.


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