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Why investor-driven urban density is inevitably linked to disadvantage

August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Construction, Housing, Housing conditions, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney, urban renewal

By Bill Randolph, UNSW This article is the third in a series based on new research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city. Originally published on The Conversation. The densification of Australian cities has been heralded as a boon for housing choice and diversity. The up-beat promotion of “the swing […]

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Sydney must heed lessons of London affordable housing fiasco

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing, Sydney, urban renewal

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. A recent Sydney Morning Herald feature on urban renewal in London shone an interesting and quite revealing spotlight on a high profile project with a major Australian connection. Crucially, though this rather uncritical account completely missed the aspect of the story with the greatest direct relevance […]

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Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be done

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Housing supply, Tax

Vacant and unlit ‘ghost’ apartments are a source of public outrage in major cities around the world. leniners/flickr, CC BY-NC By Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. […]

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Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need

May 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Regions

The Rental Vulnerability Index for Queensland shows the cumulative impact of factors affecting renters across the state. City Futures Research Centre By Chris Martin, UNSW and Laurence Troy, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Two new tools for measuring and visualising problems in our rental housing system are in the media this week. They have similar […]

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Budget 2017 charts new social and affordable housing reform agenda

May 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing, urban renewal

By Chris Martin, UNSW and Hal Pawson, UNSW. Originally published on The Conversation. Under pressure to tackle deepening housing affordability problems, Treasurer Scott Morrison has included various housing policy measures in his budget, some relating to Australia’s small sector of social and affordable housing. One headline-grabber is the creation of a new entity, the National Housing […]

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Can Institutional Funding be Channelled into Rental Housing?

May 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. Channelling institutional finance into affordable rental housing has long been a ‘holy grail’ urban policy aspiration. Recent developments suggest that this may be edging towards reality.   Scott Morrison last month re-stated the long-professed ‘holy grail’ ambition to engage institutional […]

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I’m forever blowing bubbles: Has the Sydney apartment market finally burst?

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Around the House, newsletter of Shelter NSW. Much speculation in the property press in recent months has centred on the question of the supposed ‘housing bubble’ (is there one?) and, if so, what is its likely trajectory (will it burst?).  Pundits have vied for […]

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Value sharing for affordable housing

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in New Planner. The recent inclusion of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) in the draft District Pans for Metropolitan Sydney marks a turning point in the debates – and hopefully the policies – on the possibility of accessing some of the value generated by property development to […]

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The 10-point Plan to Tackle the Housing Crisis Rides Again

February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Tax

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. With anxieties about Australia’s increasingly unaffordable housing close to fever pitch, increasingly zany policy ideas are being touted to fix the problem. Not long ago we heard the Urban Task Force advocating for a plan fundamentally undermining NSW planning system integrity. Last week the ABC’s Michael […]

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If you’re serious about affordable Sydney housing, Premier, here’s a must-do list

January 24th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia. Originally published on The Conversation. So “fixing housing affordability” in Sydney is one of three top priorities for the new premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. It’s good that the state’s new leader recognises this as an intensifying problem that can’t be ignored. Berejiklian will appreciate the electoral importance of […]

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