Interim National Housing Supply and Affordability Council
Independent, evidence-based expert advice on matters that materially affect the supply and affordability of Australia’s housing
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:
8 September 2023
- Private rental market targeted for major institutional growth to address Australia’s significant housing challenge
28 February 2023
- First interim National Housing Supply and Affordability Council meeting, release by the Hon Julie Collins
20 December 2022
- Interim National Housing Supply and Affordability Council, release by the Hon Julie Collins
About the Council
The interim 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 seven 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 has initially been established as a non-statutory body and is supported by a Secretariat within the Department of the Treasury.
Ms Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz
Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz is the Chair of the interim National Housing Supply and Affordability Council (the Council). Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Mirvac after ten years in the role. She is also newly appointed as a Director, Macquarie Bank and Macquarie Group, and of RioTinto, and is President of Chief Executive Women.
Ms Lloyd-Hurwitz holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).
Mr Michael Lennon
Mr Lennon is the Deputy Chair of the Council. He 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.
Mr Lennon is Industry Professor of Regional Housing and Planning at the University of South Australia and Chair of the Board of Country Arts SA.
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 Helen Waters Silvia
Ms Helen Waters Silvia is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s and Girls' Emergency Centre, a specialist homelessness service for women and families escaping domestic violence.
Ms Waters Silvia has previously served on the board of Domestic Violence NSW (2016–2022), including as Chair (2017-2020), and has served on the board of Homelessness NSW.
Dr Marcus Spiller
Dr Spiller is a 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 a similar advisory committee set up by the NSW Government.
Mr David O’Loughlin
Mr O’Loughlin is Director at the Urban Renewal Authority.
Mr O’Loughlin was the President of the Australian Local Government Association from 2016 to 2020 and served on the Local Government Association of SA for 14 years.
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.