Research in progress
Explore our current research projects underway, examining a range of contemporary housing and urban policy questions. Current research priorities are determined in consultation with state/territory and federal government officials, industry and non-government experts.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is one support program provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Australians with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs to access specialist housing solutions.
This project will address the overarching policy question: What structural factors are important in driving short and longer-term changes in the incidence and geography of homelessness over the period 2001–2021? To what extent is the location of specialist homelessness services and affordable rental housing adequate to respond to this changing geography?
The administration of Australian housing policy is complex, multi-layered and inconsistent across states and territories. It is further complicated by the vertical fiscal imbalance and split responsibilities across the federation, and differing levels of involvement by the not-for-profit and private sectors. This results in varying levels of efficacy and efficiency, with uneven consequences for the outcomes experienced by individuals, households and communities.
This research will learn from the experience of First Nations peoples engaging with urban policy to better understand the capacity and readiness of urban policy practitioners for meaningful partnership.