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  1. Understanding the disruptive technology ecosystem in Australian urban and housing contexts: a roadmap

    Author(s): Christopher Pettit; Edgar Liu; Ellie Rennie; Jake Goldenfein; Stephen Glackin

    Description: This research reviews different emerging digital and disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, in relation to housing, housing assistance and planning systems. While much work has been done in opening up property data assets across governments, significant work is required on data standards, privacy standards and data sharing across government, industry and the non-profit sectors.

    Type: research

    Pettit, C., Liu, E., Rennie, E., Goldenfein, J., Glackin, S. (2018) Understanding the disruptive technology ecosystem in Australian urban and housing contexts: a roadmap, AHURI Final Report No. 304, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/304

  2. Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector

    Author(s): Kath Hulse; Sharon Parkinson; Chris Martin

    Description: This study investigated the Australian private rental sector (PRS) focusing on institutional change, including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices). It also reviewed the PRS in ten countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Type: research

    Hulse, K., Parkinson, S. and Martin, C. (2018) Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector, AHURI Final Report No. 303, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/303

  3. Navigating a changing private rental sector: opportunities and challenges for low-income renters

    Author(s): Sharon Parkinson; Amity James; Edgar Liu

    Description: This study investigated how low-income renters navigate the private rental sector (PRS) via three core pathways: the formal (via traditional or mainstream real estate agent intermediaries), informal (direct to rooms and dwellings privately managed by landlords and sub-landlords) and supported pathways (via community housing agencies). It provides practitioners and policy makers with an evidence base on changing practices and ways forward in shaping equitable PRS institutions.

    Type: research

    Parkinson, S., James, A. and Liu, E. (2018) Navigating a changing private rental sector: opportunities and challenges for low-income renters, AHURI Final Report No. 302, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/302

  4. Pathways to housing tax reform

    Author(s): Richard Eccleston; Julia Verdouw; Kathleen Flanagan; Neil Warren; Alan Duncan; Rachel Ong; Stephen Whelan; Kadir Atalay

    Description: This research is the final report of the AHURI Inquiry into ‘Pathways to Housing Tax Reform in Australia’. It features real-world modelling and implementation time frames to steer tax settings that progress the efficiency, equity and sustainability of housing tax policy, and also presents meaningful long-term political pathways to achieve these outcomes.

    Type: research

    Eccleston, R., Verdouw, J., Flanagan, K., Warren, N., Duncan, A., Ong, R., Whelan, S. and Atalay, K. (2018) Pathways to housing tax reform, AHURI Final Report No. 301, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/301

  5. Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply: Evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice

    Author(s): Nicole Gurran; Steven Rowley; Vivienne Milligan; Bill Randolph; Peter Phibbs; Catherine Gilbert; Amity James; Laurence Troy; Ryan van den Nouwelant

    Description: This study examined the range of strategies and initiatives governments have used to leverage affordable housing supply across the continuum of housing needs (i.e. from social housing to affordable rental and home ownership) in a constrained funding and increasingly market driven context across a range of different jurisdictions and markets.

    Type: research

    Gurran, N., Rowley, S., Milligan, V., Randolph, B., Phibbs, P., Gilbert, C., James, A., Troy, L. and van den Nouwelant, R. (2018) Inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply: Evidence-based principles and strategies for Australian policy and practice, AHURI Final Report No. 300, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/300

  6. Inquiry into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes

    Author(s): Kristy Muir; Fabienne Michaux; Andrea Sharam; Paul Flatau; Ariella Meltzer; Michael Moran; Richard Heaney; Gill North; Suzanne Findlay; Eileen Webb; Chris Mason; Wendy Stone; Libby Ward-Christie; Kaylene Zaretzky; Ioana Ramia

    Description: This research investigated Social impact investment (SII), which aims to generate and actively measure social and financial returns. There are several promising SII models—including housing supply bonds, property funds, funding social enterprises, social impact bonds and social impact loans. Effective SII requires suppliers of goods and services, intermediaries, suppliers of capital, government and beneficiaries to work together.

    Type: research

    Muir, K., Michaux, F., Sharam, A., Flatau, P., Meltzer, A., Moran, M., Heaney, R., North, G., Findlay, S., Webb, E., Mason, C., Stone, W., Ward-Christie, L., Zaretzky, K. and Ramia, I. (2018) Inquiry into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes, AHURI Final Report No. 299, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/299

  7. Asset portfolio retirement decisions: the role of the tax and transfer system

    Author(s): Stephen Whelan; Kadir Atalay; Lachlan Dynan

    Description: This study examined how Australia’s tax and transfer system, especially in relation to the Age Pension, impacts on household retirement choices. As the population ages, fiscal challenges created when many individuals retire from working and paying tax to drawing government funded benefits and services present some stark policy choices. Understanding how retirement decisions are shaped by the tax and transfer system is essential to developing a system that allocates resources efficiently across the economy, is consistent with principles of equity and is sustainable. Any such tax system is likely to have important implications for housing choices and housing markets.

    Type: research

    Whelan, S., Atalay, K., Dynan, L. (2018) Asset portfolio retirement decisions: the role of the tax and transfer system, AHURI Final Report No. 298, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/298

  8. Housing for people with disability: evidence review of post-occupancy evaluation instruments

    Author(s): Alex Wilkinson; Nicola Brackertz; Michael Fotheringham; Di Winkler

    Description: Review and analysis of the evidence on post-occupancy evaluation (POE) instruments suited to assessing dwellings for people with disability who require high levels of physical support.

    Type: research

    Wilkinson, A., Brackertz, N., Fotheringham, M., Winkler, D. (2018) Housing for people with disability: evidence review of post-occupancy evaluation instruments, AHURI Research Paper No. , Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/research-papers/housing-for-people-with-disability-evidence-review-of-post-occupancy-evaluation-instruments

  9. Supporting affordable housing supply: inclusionary planning in new and renewing communities

    Author(s): Nicole Gurran; Catherine Gilbert; Kenneth Gibb; Ryan van den Nouwelant; Amity James; Peter Phibbs

    Description: This study examined how planning mechanisms support affordable housing supply in Australia and overseas. In England 43 per cent of affordable housing built in 2015–16 (12,866 units) were delivered due to inclusionary planning requirements, while more than 500 cities in the United States have inclusionary zoning or impact fee requirements to supply affordable housing. In Australia planning systems can support affordable housing supply, but additional funding or subsidy is usually required to produce homes affordable to those on low and very low incomes.

    Type: research

    Gurran, N., Gilbert, C., Gibb, K., van den Nouwelant, R., James, A. and Phibbs, P. (2018) Supporting affordable housing supply: inclusionary planning in new and renewing communities, AHURI Final Report No. 297, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/297

  10. Private rental in transition: institutional change, technology and innovation in Australia

    Author(s): Kath Hulse; Chris Martin; Amity James; Wendy Stone

    Description: This study is a comprehensive analysis of the Australian private rental sector and its institutions. It explores the interplay between regulation; organisations and structures; and social norms and practices of prevailing policies. It also explores the impact of innovation and digital technology.

    Type: research

    Hulse, K., Martin, C., James, A. and Stone, W. (2018) Private rental in transition: institutional change, technology and innovation in Australia, AHURI Final Report No. 296, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/296

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