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AHURI issues report into study tour of Canada

Parallels and lessons for Australian housing and homelessness policy development

3 October 2019

AHURI is pleased to release a report outlining the key findings from the 2018 International Study Tour to Canada.

Led by AHURI Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham, a delegation of senior Australian housing and homelessness policy officials from the governments of five states and territories (ACT, NSW, NT, VIC, WA) attended briefings from senior industry and government players, eminent academics, and peak community and advocacy providers.

... similar federated government structures, Indigenous housing challenges, and geographic distribution of the population provided interesting parallels and lessons for Australian housing and homelessness policy development.

The Study Tour focussed on Canada as that country’s similar federated government structures, Indigenous housing challenges, and geographic distribution of the population provided interesting parallels and lessons for Australian housing and homelessness policy development. The recent implementation of a Canadian national housing strategy provided a useful backdrop to the understanding of Canada’s housing policy direction and service provision.

This report details the findings from key areas of investigation, including affordable housing and homelessness strategies; housing reform, in particular, the development of multi-provider/partner models with a focus on securing new forms of capital funding; and housing and economic programs that respond to Indigenous peoples.

The full report as well as a summary version are now available on the AHURI website.