Housing Choices Australia actively partners with research and academic bodies to inform the policy environment and encourage innovation across the housing sector.
Over the years we have been actively involved in numerous studies and initiatives aimed at understanding the current and influencing future policy settings that impact on our sector and therefore our residents.
In addition to hosting the annual Oswald Barnett Oration which brings together community housing providers, partner organisations, Housing Choices staff, government officials and other leading sector voices, Housing Choices Australia has been recognising excellence in Housing Research for a number of years through the Professor Mike Berry Award.
Created in 2015 by Housing Choices and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the Professor Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research honours the outstanding contribution made by Professor Mike Berry to the affordable-housing sector in Australia, and to Housing Choices and AHURI in particular. Known as The Berry, the award is presented each year for the best piece of new research at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference.
In Australia we continue to experience challenges such as growing cities, ageing populations, welfare reforms, rising inequality, decreases in housing affordability and a slowing down in our economy. Australia needs a housing framework that encourages growth in the housing market and addresses the multiple problems of different target groups. These include people on low incomes who are locked out of the private rental market, people living with disabilities, those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and, increasingly, older women with no access to affordable housing.
Housing Choices Australia will continue its role in driving the policy agenda in partnership with expert research bodies and using an evidence-based approach. We will continue to promote and share our knowledge with other parties in the interests of creating change in our sector.