Affordable housing industry capacity

What is the capacity of the affordable housing industry to respond to large scale stock transfers across Australia in the next five years?

This AHURI Inquiry investigated the capacity constraints that need to be addressed for Australia’s affordable housing industry to help expand the nation’s affordable housing supply and transform Australia’s neglected public housing.

The final report and the four supporting research projects for this Inquiry are now complete.

You can download the completed final report and the visual report.

You can view details of the supporting research projects and download the completed reports below.

  • Khalid Ahmed, formerly ACT Treasury
  • Hal Bisset, housing consultant & third sector housing expert
  • David Cant, CEO, BHC Affordable Housing
  • Annette Gallard, former senior NSW public servant, board member, SGCH Ltd
  • Cameron Gifford, Department of Social Services
  • Rebecca Pinkstone, NSW Branch Chair, Australasian Housing Institute
  • Phil Fagan-Schmidt PSM, Executive Director, Housing SA
  • Iain Scott, Group Manager, Department of Social Services, Australian Government
  • Peter White, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
  • Jenny Samms, Aboriginal Housing Victoria Limited
  • Tom Slockee, South Eastern Aboriginal Regional Management Service
  • Facilitator: Brian Elton, Managing Director, Elton Consulting
Transformative transfers: growing capacities in UK social housing

This study investigated what was required to create successful non-profit housing providers through public housing transfers in the UK and the roles that policies played in the process. The review informs current Australian moves towards the transfer of public housing to non-profit providers.

Led by: Duncan Maclennan
Project status: Complete, download the report

Transforming public housing in a federal context

This research examines the transformation of public housing in four federal states: Austria, Germany, Canada and the USA and found Austria to be a leading example of a sustainable affordable housing industry.

Further research could model these programs in the Australian context but findings suggest the development of a sustainable affordable housing industry requires:

  • national coordination
  • long-term mechanisms for adequate funding
  • efficient and effective tools to channel private investment
  • integrated and sophisticated local planning
  • opportunity for public housing providers to be engaged in the industry
  • anticipating and funding maintenance
  • innovations in linking demand assistance to capital investment
  • new funding models which drive cultural change.

Led by: Julie Lawson
Project status: Complete, download the report

Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: implications for affordable housing industry development

Focusing primarily on public housing transfers in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, this Inquiry analysed the associated processes and frameworks to reveal the lessons learned. The case studies reveal aspects of transfer practices such as capturing Rent Assistance-enhanced revenues; the transfer of ‘management’ rather than freehold title; and the absence of a role for tenants. Financial modelling indicated that management transfers, where community housing providers are assured of cash flow from rents, may be a viable means for addressing moderate maintenance backlogs, enhancing community development and modestly expanding affordable housing portfolios.

Led by: Hal Pawson
Project status: Complete, download the report

Profiling Australia's affordable housing industry

This report describes the current profile of Australia’s affordable housing industry. It investigates current approaches to industry development and then examines issues affecting the industry’s capacity to develop, finance and manage affordable housing.

Led by: Vivienne Milligan
Project status: Complete, download the report