National Housing Supply and Affordability Council

Independent, evidence-based expert advice on matters that materially affect the supply and affordability of Australia’s housing

Reports and submissions

Submission to the consultation on amendments to the Housing Australia Investment Mandate Direction  

On 9 October 2023, the Council made a submission on exposure draft amendments to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Investment Mandate Direction 2018 (to be renamed the Housing Australia Investment Mandate Direction 2018) and accompanying explanatory statement.

Further information on this process can be found on Treasury’s website.

Read the submission:

Submission to the consultation on amendments to the Housing Australia Investment Mandate Direction [DOCX 65KB]

Submission to the consultation on amendments to the Housing Australia Investment Mandate Direction [PDF 161KB]


Submission to the Inquiry into the worsening rental crisis in Australia

On 9 October 2023, the Council made a submission to the inquiry into the worsening rental crisis conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. Further information on the Inquiry can be found on the Senate Standing Committee’s website.

The Council’s submission focuses on the recommendations set out in the Council’s recent report into barriers to institutional investment, finance and innovation in housing.

Read the submission:

Submission to the Inquiry into the worsening rental crisis in Australia [DOCX 67KB]

Submission to the Inquiry into the worsening rental crisis in Australia [PDF 182KB]


 

Barriers to Institutional Investment, Finance and Innovation in Housing Report

On 8 September 2023, the Council released its inaugural report on barriers to institutional investment, finance and innovation in housing.

The report focuses on what can be done to increase the supply of rental dwellings via institutional investment. It notes that with the right policy settings, regulatory systems and financial structures there is a realistic and early prospect of establishing a significant new investment asset class.

The report provides 11 recommendations for government consideration.

Read the full report and recommendations:

Barriers to Institutional Investment, Finance and Innovation in Housing Report [DOCX 609KB]

Barriers to Institutional Investment, Finance and Innovation in Housing Report [PDF 1.0MB]

News

9 February 2024

19 December 2023

8 September 2023

28 February 2023

20 December 2022

About the Council

The National Housing Supply and Affordability Council (the Council) provides independent, evidence-based expert advice on matters that materially affect the supply and affordability of Australia’s housing.

The Council advises on national housing policy matters at the request of the Minister for Housing and on its own initiative.

The Council will report annually on its research and on the state of the housing system.

The Council consists of nine members from across the housing spectrum and from across the country. Its members are dedicated people with informed views on how housing supply and affordability can be improved.

The Council is a statutory body established under the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Act 2023 and is supported by a Secretariat within the Department of the Treasury.

Council members

Ms Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz

Ms Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz is the Chair of the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council (the Council).

Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mirvac from 2012-2023.

She is a non-executive director of Macquarie Bank, and Macquarie Group a non-executive director of Rio Tinto, President of Chief Executive Women, a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust, a member of the INSEAD Global Board and a non-executive director of Spacecube.

Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).

Dr Marcus Spiller

Dr Marcus Spiller is the Deputy Chair of the Council. Dr Spiller is a Director, Principal and Partner of SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd and is formally qualified in commerce and urban planning.

Dr Spiller is a past National President of the Planning Institute of Australia.

He has served on the Commonwealth Government’s National Housing Supply Council and similar advisory committees set up by the NSW, Queensland and Victorian governments.

Mr Michael Lennon

Mr Michael Lennon is Industry Professor of Regional Housing and Planning at the University of South Australia.

Mr Lennon recently stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia.

From 2017–21 Mr Lennon served as Chair of the South Australian Planning Commission, overseeing a complex and nationally significant re-organisation of the state’s entire planning framework, including digitisation and rationalisation into a single Planning and Design Code for the Government of South Australia.

Ms Gail McGowan PSM

Ms Gail McGowan is the Chancellor of Murdoch University.

Ms McGowan is also the Chair of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Director of Mid-West Ports Authority WA, Director of Foundation Housing WA and Director of the Western Australian Cricket Association.

Ms McGowan has held numerous leadership positions in Western Australia, including as a member of Infrastructure WA, the WA Planning Commission, the WA Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and the Pastoral Lands Board.

Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ

Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University.

Her research interests include the role of housing in Australia’s ageing population, intergenerational housing concerns, housing affordability, the links between housing and the economy, and the impacts of housing on health and wellbeing.

Ms Carolyn Viney

Ms Carolyn Viney is the Chief Executive Officer at Super Housing Partnerships.

Ms Viney is also a non-executive director at SHP x HCA Pty Ltd, a division councillor at the Property Council of Australia (Victorian Division) and a non‑executive director The Big Issue Pty Ltd, Homes for Homes Pty Ltd and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Prior to joining Super Housing Partnerships, Ms Viney held the role of Chief Development Officer (2016–2023) at Vicinity Centres where she oversaw the delivery of its $3 billion development pipeline and mixed-use strategy.

Ms Helen Waters Silvia

Ms Helen Waters Silvia is the General Manager, National Service Delivery at YMCA Australia and the former Chief Executive Officer of Women’s and Girls' Emergency Centre, a specialist homelessness service for women and families escaping domestic violence.

Ms Waters Silvia is newly appointed to the Board of Homelessness Australia. Ms Waters Silvia previously served on the board of Homelessness NSW, the board of Domestic Violence NSW (2016–2022), including as Chair (2017–2020).

Mr Neil Willmett

Mr Neil Willmett is an accomplished Chief Executive Officer and Company Director, highly experienced across a range of corporate, government and not-for-profit entities.

Mr Willmett has been the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland since 2021 and has held other Chief Executive Officer positions including with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.

He was also an Executive Director with Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works where he played a key role in the development of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027 and the implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing.

Mr Willmett is an Aboriginal man with connections to the Waanyi people of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Kuku Yalanji people of Far North Queensland.

Ms Victoria Anderson

Ms Anderson is the Deputy Secretary responsible for housing policy in the Department of the Treasury and the ex-officio member of the Council.

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