Indigenous Access to Mainstream Public and Community Housing

Indigenous Access to Mainstream Public and Community Housing Report

AHURI Research

  • Author(s): Paul Flatau, Lesley Cooper, Natalie McGrath, Donna Edwards, Amanda Hart, Mary Morris, Carol Lacroix, Marc Adam, Dora Marinova, Andrew Beer, Selina Tually, Catherine Traee
  • Published: 2005

Abstract: Access by Indigenous people to mainstream public housing has increased by around 75 per cent between June 2000 and June 2004 (up from 6339 to 11 087 households respectively). There is a need to further boost the stock of larger dwellings to reduce overcrowding for Indigenous households in mainstream public housing, and to continue to improve the sustainability of tenancies. The research design had four elements: • A review of international literature on tenant incentive schemes. • An audit of Australian tenant incentive schemes. • Interviews with housing managers, tenant and community sector peak bodies. • Focus groups with tenants. The key findings of the research are: • Despite concerns about managing anti-social behaviour amongst some public housing tenants, implementation of tenant incentive schemes is small scale in Australia. • States and Territories, except Victoria, have implemented small scale tenant incentive schemes such as garden and tenant of the month competitions. • Housing managers' perceptions of tenant incentive schemes are that the benefits are marginal, they increase staff workload, run counter to the dominant philosophy of tenancy management, and promote inequalities amongst tenants.

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Paul Flatau, Lesley Cooper, Natalie McGrath, Donna Edwards, Amanda Hart, Mary Morris, Carol Lacroix, Marc Adam, Dora Marinova, Andrew Beer, Selina Tually, Catherine Traee, 2005, Indigenous Access to Mainstream Public and Community Housing, Report, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4389.

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