Murray Bridge Workshop


Researchers working on the Local Government and Housing ARC Linkage Project met with some of the project’s partner organisations at Murray Bridge on 9 November 2017. Hosted by the Rural City of Murray Bridge, and led by Emeritus Professor John Martin, the meeting had representatives from four South Australian councils along with researchers and PhD student Jessica Porter.

The highlight of the day was a presentation by Emeritus Professor Chris Paris who is visiting from Ireland. Chris talked about his research on second homes (holiday homes) including new developments such as Airbnb. The evolution of second homes in South Australia from self-built shacks so typical in the 1950s and 1960s through to today’s mansions was fascinating. Beyond South Australia, Chris also discussed second homes in national and global contexts. His presentation, entitled The changing ecology of Australian second homes, can be found here.

Project Officer Sandy Horne updated the group about the online survey of local government CEOs. Sandy presented some early data which prompted discussion about the difficulties of trying to regulate entities such as Airbnb.

PhD student Jessica Porter’s presentation was well received. Jessica is 12 months into her candidature and is in the data collection phase. Her research question is: What is the impact of State initiated affordable housing policies on the supply of affordable housing in non-metropolitan Australia and how are these policies mediated by local governments? Jessica is based at UniSA’s Mount Gambier campus and will be doing a comparative study of regional cities in South Australia and Victoria.

The day ended with a discussion led by Emeritus Professor John Martin dealing with the important topics of local leadership and the South Australian Government’s reform of their Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act. John posed the question: What are the political influence opportunities for Local Governments? which prompted an interesting range of responses from participants.

November 2017 Edition of LG Focus

The November 2017 edition of the LG Focus newspaper features a front-page article written with the assistance of project investigators John Martin and Andrew Beer. The piece highlights affordable housing issues and the way local governments around Australia are dealing with housing challenges. View it here

The City of Sydney’s approach to the supply of affordable housing

City of Sydney report - 18 Sept 2017-1

This paper is one of a series of documents produced by the research team as we progress through our program of work. This paper investigates the strategies used by the City of Sydney to increase affordable housing and whether they can be replicated in other council areas. Download the report.


RSA Conference Presentations

Project PhD students Jessica Porter and Laura Hodgson presented at the recent RSA conference in Sydney. Their presentations are available below.

Jessica Porter – Governance of affordable housing in South Australia: what do regional planning reforms mean for non-metropolitan local government?

Laura Hodgson – Regional Impacts of Airbnb


March 2017 PhD Presentations

Project PhD students Laura Hodgson, Jessica Porter and Lenka Thompson presented their work at the March 2017 Project workshop at the Sunshine Coast. Their presentations are available below.

Laura Hodgson: Airbnb Regulation Sunshine Coast Presentation

Jessica Porter: Land Use Policies and the Supply of Affordable Housing in Rural and Regional Australia

Lenka Thompson: Local Government in Australia and its Capacity to Supply Affordable Housing

Local government and housing in the 21st century: A discussion paper

This Discussion Paper reviews the major themes in policy, public debate and the published literature on the role of local governments in the housing sphere in Australia in the 21st Century. It has been produced as one output associated with the Australian Research Council’s Linkage project, Local Government and Housing in the 21st Century (LP LP150100160) and is intended to inform discussion with our industry partners and other stakeholders on the priority issues for further investigation as the project progresses over the next two and a half years. Download it here.

A Tool Kit for Local Government

A toolkit for councils exploring opportunities in housing and homelessness. Download it here.

Housing and Local Government in Australia in the 21st Century
This discussion paper canvases some of the emerging issues in the relationship between housing and local government, and aims to start a conversation about which issues are important, where change is happening most rapidly, and which topics require further thought, analysis, research and debate. Download it here.