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New report maps the route to affordable housing expansion

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordable housing, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. Important new steps towards expanding Australia’s affordable housing were mapped out in a hard-hitting official report, published last week. The paper, by the Affordable Housing Working Group reporting to the Council for Federal Financial Relations, draws substantially on recent City Futures Research Centre findings. Its main purpose is […]

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More questions than answers in NSW ‘strategic housing’ announcement

January 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Government, Housing supply, Social housing, Uncategorized

By Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan Finally, the long wait is over. Five years after taking office the State Government’s Family and Community Services Department (FACS) has at last pronounced on ‘Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW’. All of the paper’s broad themes – modernisation, additional supply and supporting tenants – will resonate with the […]

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When developers come knocking: why strata law shake-up won’t deliver cheaper housing

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Cities, Housing, Housing supply, Strata, Uncategorized

Originally published in The Conversation by Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph, Hazel Easthope and Laura Crommelin Recent changes to strata title legislation in NSW will remove the need for all owners to agree to sell or redevelop their apartment block as a whole. This means that some owners may now have their apartments sold against their […]

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Urban disadvantage study presents challenge for new Minister

September 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Many in the policy community were taken unawares by the Australian Government’s recently announced intent to re-engage with matters urban. In creating a ministry for Cities and the Built Environment, the new Prime Minister has refreshingly acknowledged that ‘liveable cities, efficient, productive cities, the environment of cities, are economic assets’. This development has coincided neatly with the publication […]

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Rooming house residents not yet adequately protected

August 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

(Self-portrait in front of boarding house – Charles Blackman) Recent reforms to rooming house (or boarding house) regulation have as yet proved only partially effective in ensuring better resident outcomes in this relatively high risk form of accommodation. The new oversight systems established in parallel in 2012 in NSW and Victoria both involved the creation […]

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Disadvantaged places in urban Australia: residential mobility, place attachment and social exclusion

July 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Many residents of disadvantaged suburbs in our major cities rightly see their home locality as posing problems for themselves and their neighbours. Key concerns include exposure to relatively high rates of crime and antisocial behaviour (41% of people living in such areas believe that ‘crime is a problem here’), and remoteness from job-rich localities (only […]

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Welcome

May 17th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Welcome to the City Futures Blog. Here you’ll find posts from the team at the City Futures Research Centre about all manner of things to do with housing and cities. We’ll be discussing housing and urban issues in the news, as well as new and upcoming research from City Futures. Please join the discussion, and […]

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