AHURI event will examine how to meet Queensland's social housing need

AHURI conference well timed to highlight research and host policy discussion

19 March 2019

With media reporting that nearly 13 per cent of Queenslanders are spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent and AHURI research showing numbers of social housing dwellings will need to increase in the State by over 174,000 by 2036 to keep up with demand, the upcoming AHURI Discussion Series in Brisbane, ‘Is social housing infrastructure?’ is well timed to highlight research and host policy discussion for all working in the social housing sector in Queensland.

Key speaker Dr Kathleen Flanagan, from the University of Tasmania, will expand on the findings of the recently released AHURI research report, A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure. The research reinforces that social housing is essential infrastructure and argues that pragmatic adoption of particular techniques when aligned with strategic arguments that promote the value of social housing can help policy makers improve vital investment into the sector.

The focus on Queensland social housing demands will be expanded by panel members Fiona Caniglia, Q Shelter; Kerry Doss, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning; Stuart Lummis, Brisbane Housing Company; Julie Saunders, Frank Knight and chair of the Queensland Government’s Housing Supply Expert Panel; and Trish Woolley, Housing, Homelessness and Sport, QLD Department of Housing and Public Works.

Dr Michael Fotheringham, AHURI Executive Director, will facilitate the afternoon and will bring real insights into Queensland’s social housing supply based on his work with the State’s Housing Minister Mick De Brenni and the Ministerial Housing Council to develop the 2019 work program of the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, and his knowledge as a member of the Housing Supply Expert Panel. This panel provides independent advice to the government about how to measure, report on and address land supply, development and housing affordability issues in south-east Queensland.

This very important event will be held on Tuesday 2 April 2019, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. Register now via the AHURI website.