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The wider housing affordability challenge, rapid population growth and government budget constraints sees Australia’s public housing system failing to meet community need.
Public housing is not working. Australia is a prosperous country – and yet a quarter of million Australians’ are on housing waiting lists –with even the highest priority people waiting more than two years for placement. And even once placed, public housing tenants often endure housing that’s of very low quality – and often, does not meet even basic standards.
The core problem is too little government funding, and too few social housing dwellings – and a system that has little enduring focus on people.
Brendan’s address will see the launch of a detailed concept model that would fundamentally restructure the public housing system.
Developed across several years of consultation and research, From housing assets, to housing people, provides a detailed and evidenced model that would:
· increase the level of public funding for public housing – and make it sustainable into the future;
· reengineer public housing to be focused on people, not assets;
· provide new money, to provide fit for purpose housing and ‘wrap-around’ services; and
· allow public housing to grow to meet a growing community need – not shrinking like it does now.
Public housing is broken, because it has often failed to win sustained political, bureaucratic and community attention – and because stakeholders in the community and welfare sectors are themselves unsure of what is needed.
From housing assets, to housing people: Fixing Australia’s social housing system includes detailed financial modelling by KPMG – which shows that Australia can fix public housing, but only if we change what we do.
Brendan Lyon is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Australia’s peak independent infrastructure think tank. IPA draws together Australia’s most senior public officials and business leaders to develop solutions and options for better regulation and more efficient social and economic infrastructure.
Joining the organisation on its formation a decade ago, Brendan is widely published on infrastructure policy and public administration reform.