AHURI participates in major policy conversations

AHURI plays key role in national working groups on housing and cities

7 March 2019

AHURI will play an active role in a number of major national and state-led working groups and committees across housing, homelessness and cities policy in 2019.

In February 2019, AHURI Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham participated in a meeting of the Housing Supply Expert Panel in Queensland. Reporting directly to the Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick, the 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.

Also in Queensland, Dr Fotheringham is working with the State’s Housing Minister Mick De Brenni and the Ministerial Housing Council. Dr Fortheringham presented an overview of the Canadian National Housing Strategy to the council following the AHURI led study tour of Canada in 2018.  Dr Fotheringham has also been working closely with the Department of Housing and Public Works to develop the 2019 work program of the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, also supporting Minister De Brenni.

AHURI is a key participant in the Federal Government’s Cities Reference Group, with the latest meeting held in conjunction with the joint Australia-New Zealand Cities Symposium on 25 February 2019. The Symposium brought together around 100 experts from the two countries to investigate initiatives to improve the productivity and liveability of our major cities and included keynote presentations from the Australian and New Zealand Cities Ministers. Dr Fotheringham and Professor Nicole Gurran (Director of the AHURI Research Centre at the University of Sydney) participated in both the Cities Reference Group and Australia-New Zealand Cities Symposium.

Dr Fotheringham is facilitating a nation-wide program of stakeholder consultations for the Review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. The review is designed to drive greater investment in community housing supply and better outcomes for tenants and aims to secure a national regulatory system with improved data and governance arrangements. The consultations will lead to a report from AHURI which will inform development of an Options paper for Housing Ministers on the future of regulation of community housing in Australia.

AHURI, through Dr Anne Badenhorst (Head of Research Program) and Dr Fotheringham, continues as an active member of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement Data Working Group which is making progress on its Housing and Homelessness Data Improvement Plan aimed at improving and developing the evidence-base and data to inform future policy, research and evaluation. The working group, formed under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, includes the Australian Government as well as every state and territory government, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, AIHW and AHURI.

On 4 March 2019, Dr Fotheringham took part in the Homelessness Action Plan Reference Group in Adelaide–convened by the Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Hon Ken Wyatt. The action plan falls under the Aged Care Diversity Framework for older people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness.