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‘Changing the Mix’: contestation surrounding the public housing stock transfer process in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania


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Jacobs, K and Marston, G and Darcy, M (2004) ‘Changing the Mix’: contestation surrounding the public housing stock transfer process in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Urban Policy and Research, 22 (3). pp. 249-263.

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This article presents the findings of a study examining the rationale and
practices of stock transfer from state housing authorities to community housing associations in three Australian states—Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. It begins with an analysis of the policy context that has informed debates about housing management and supply options in Australia. The main section of the article draws on written documentation and interviews with policy actors and tenants in each of the case
studies to highlight the conflicts and tensions that surface in moves to reconfigure the management of public housing. Alongside a brief discussion about the policy themes that emerge from the findings, it is suggested in the conclusion that the continuing contestation and uncertainty about the stock transfer process is symptomatic of the national ‘policy vacuum’ about the future direction of public housing in Australia.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: community housing associations, stock transfer process, public housing
Journal or Publication Title: Urban Policy and Research
Page Range: pp. 249-263
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/0811114042000269281
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2007 00:13
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
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