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Report 4th May 2023

Sustainable social housing retrofit? Circular economy and tenant trade-offs

Emma Baker, Trivess Moore, Lyrian Daniel, Rachel Caines, Hector Padilla, Laurence Lester

This research examines the preferences and trade-offs of tenants during social housing retrofit programs, particularly in regard to implementing circular economy (CE) practices. The study looks beyond the relatively narrow consideration of energy efficiency, to respond to the broader requirements of the social housing sector—to incorporate and balance tenant needs with provider mandates, budgetary limitations, and wider social policy.

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Report 9th February 2023

Innovations in stock matching and allocations: the social housing challenge

Iris Levin, Selina Tually, Jacqueline De Vries, Trevor Kollmann, Wendy Stone, Ian Goodwin-Smith

This project examines whether current social housing allocation and matching policies and practices meet the needs of applicants or tenants and maximise social housing sector performance and efficiency outcomes. It looks at how to optimise housing stock allocations based on individual needs (including the role of support) and neighbourhood and community needs (avoiding concentrations of disadvantage and potential antisocial behaviour).

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Report 20th October 2022

The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector

Emma Baker, Lyrian Daniel, Andrew Beer, Steven Rowley, Wendy Stone, Rebecca Bentley, Rachel Caines, Gemma Sansom

This research investigates the Australian rental sector during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and considers priorities for governments; tenant experiences and reflections on the effectiveness of assistance and interventions; changing tenant aspirations; and the priorities for emerging responses.

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Report 13th October 2022

Private sector involvement in social and affordable housing

Richard Benedict, Nicole Gurran, Catherine Gilbert, Carrie Hamilton, Steven Rowley, Sha Liu

This research investigates models for engaging private sector investors and developers in financing or delivering social and affordable housing, across different market segments and tenures in Australia and internationally. It also identifies key existing and potential players, and financial, regulatory, or development barriers to wider participation.

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Report 15th September 2022

Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing

Christian Nygaard, Ryan van den Nouwelant, Stephen Glackin, Chris Martin, Alistair Sisson

This study investigated how filtering contributes to market-provided low-income housing in Australia. It critiques the conceptualisation of filtering as a source of housing for low-income households, tests for the presence of filtering dynamics in housing markets (using Melbourne and Sydney as case studies) and considers policy options for enhancing (if so desired) filtering as a policy tool.

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