AHURI discusses Strategic Plan with Treasury

The meeting covered AHURI’s contributions to housing and urban policy development

8 November 2018

The AHURI Board and management team recently met in Canberra and discussed the new Strategic Plan 2018-2022 and AHURI’s strategic directions with the Australian Treasury’s senior executives, including Secretary Philip Gaetjens. The meeting covered AHURI’s contributions to housing and urban policy development, AHURI’s policy development research progress, engagement with the policy community at Australian Government and state and territory government levels, as well as AHURI’s contribution to practice and policy reform across a range of portfolios. Treasury executives were highly complimentary regarding AHURI’s contributions and organisation, drawing comparison with other national institutions and the potential for growth of AHURI’s role. The Treasury is the federal agency responsible for funding AHURI through the National Housing Research Program.

The Board and management also met with senior representatives from a number of other federal departments with an interest in housing, homelessness, cities and urban issues -- including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, The Treasury , the Department Social Services and Department of Human Services  -- to discuss the Australian government’s current policy agenda and potential reform priorities, and how AHURI’s current and future program of activities can inform policy development.

AHURI Board members and the Executive Director also met with members of Parliament as part of an ongoing program of Ministerial and parliamentary visits to ensure AHURI’s research reaches key policy decision makers.