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A dead and broken system?': 'insider' views of the future role of Australian public housing'


Jacobs, K and Berry, M and Dalton, T, A dead and broken system?': 'insider' views of the future role of Australian public housing', International Journal of Housing Policy, 13, (2) pp. 183-201. ISSN 1949-1247 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14616718.2013.785716


The Australian government has recently made explicit its intent to reduce its funding commitment to public housing and instead resource the community sector to provide new low-cost rental housing. This article explores the causes and future implications that arise from this policy switch based on analysis of interviews with senior policy-makers and professionals working in the sector within the Australian federal system of government. The focus of the article is on their understandings of the problems facing the public housing system and the opportunities and constraints they identify as important in their work aimed at continued provision of public housing and its improved viability. The article provides a diagnosis of the public housing problem, a discussion of the conduct of government and the future options for the sector, including stock transfer and a new regulatory framework. In the conclusion, the example of Australia is discussed in the light of recent international literature on government reforms shaping public housing provision. We argue that recent developments in Australia aiming to diversify the existing housing stock is best understood in the context of wider shifts in governance and welfare reform.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public housing, Australia, welfare reform, non-profit housing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:84410
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-05-14
Last Modified:2018-03-24

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