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


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Jacobs, KA, Berry, M and Dalton, T 2013 , '‘A dead and broken system?’: ‘insider’ views of the future role of Australian public housing' , International Journal of Housing Policy .

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jacobs, KA and Berry, M and Dalton, T
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Housing Policy
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