Housing organisations in Australia and the Netherlands: A comparative analysis

Susilawati, Connie & Armitage, Lynne (2006) Housing organisations in Australia and the Netherlands: A comparative analysis. In Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2006, 22-25 January 2006, Auckland.


Dutch housing associations are private organisations with a public responsibility which are managed effectively to fulfil the social objectives of providing affordable rental housing. In the Australian system, community housing organisations are categorised as not-for-profit organisations and are mostly characterised by small organisations with very limited resources. This study aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian and the Dutch housing association models. A series of interviews with representatives of community housing organisations in Brisbane, Australia, will be compared with the results of similar interviews with representatives of social housing associations in the Netherlands. In addition to differences in management structure, the second principal variation is that of government financial involvement: in the Dutch system, a social housing guarantee is provided by the state government, which reduces the risk of borrowing and, hence, the interest rate accordingly. Furthermore, the encouragement of mixed-housing types in the Netherlands avoids an undesirable concentration of low cost housing in one locality as well as allowing residents to have more housing options and continue to live in the same neighbourhood throughout their life. Adapting the highly subsidised Dutch housing model to fit the Australian context is an opportunity considered in this paper.

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ID Code: 8568
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: c.susilawati@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Affordable rental housing, housing association, community housing, Australia, the Netherlands
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > COMMERCIAL SERVICES (150400) > Real Estate and Valuation Services (150403)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 The Authors
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:20

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