Current Projects, Research and Innovation

Current Projects, Research and Innovation

The Sustainable Living Infrastructure Consortium (SLIC) currently has a project, research and innovation program covering a wide sustainable living agenda. The following are the initiatives which are currently being undertaken. Full documentation and linkages of these initiatives can be found on this website in the “Projects, Research & Innovation” area

Affordable Housing Economic Modelling

This study will undertake work to assist government, investors, developers and the not for profit sector to better understand the dynamics associated with not for profit (housing) procurement models, market rate subsidy models and the shared equity home ownership models. This work is sponsored by the NAHC together with its association with the “Go-Nine Group”. This work has an expected completion date of late October 2017 and is being undertaken by SLIC and its academic association with Griffith University Business School.

Neighbourhood Governance

This study will undertake an Australian and International literature review of best practice in Neighbourhood Governance, with a particular focus on integrated neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods may consist of a mix of social and private housing stock. The literature review will also consider the management of individual social/public housing estates, and the impact of state management verses community housing management. The study will conclude with a case study on current initiatives currently being undertaken by various state governments into large scale social/private sector housing “PPP” initiatives with the possible inclusion of best practice neighbourhood governance models. This work has an expected completion date of late October 2017 and is being undertaken by SLIC and its academic association with Griffith University Business School.

Car Parking Legislation and Inner-City Housing Affordability

This study investigates an augment for the relaxation of minimum parking requirements on the basis of a recently completed SLIC research study in Brisbane. The study will investigate median car ownership details for individuals by age, location and socio demographic profile. The study will undertake an extensive literature review and use statistical data. This work has an expected completion date of late October 2017 and is being undertaken by SLIC and its academic association with Griffith University Business School.

Whole of Life Housing Software Development

Using software developed by “Auticus” for the whole of life analysis of car ownership, the developer Dr David Cattel has agreed to work with SLIC/GU to convert the software to the use in analysing the whole of life analysis of housing careers costs for both ownership and rental. This work is on-going and is being undertaken by SLIC, Auticus and Griffith University Business School.

Artificial Intelligence in Housing Design

SLIC, using software from third party “artificial intelligence (AI)” platforms in housing design is working with ArchBRain Innovation Campus Pty Ltd, the robotics and architectural programs at Griffith University on the adoption and suitability of these platforms in the Australian housing environment. This work is on-going.

Smart Meter Big Data Analysis

SLIC, using live data from Pre-Paid Meters Australia Pty Ltd. is undertaking an analysis of power use by household type and composition to link into future housing affordability policy by government (this was one of the suggestions in SLIC’s recent Social Impact Investment paper). It is intended that this could be a pilot project to approach various government departments for a major research grant. This work is on-going and is being undertaken by SLIC, Pre-Paid Meters Australia Pty Ltd and Griffith University Business School.

City Deals

SLIC together with Griffith University, UNSW and various other academic institutions, plus NAHC and their consortia are working on a range of research topics to align with the Australian Federal Governments “City Deals” initiative (see the quote below taken form the Australian Federal Governments website). This work is on-going

By bringing together all levels of government, the private sector and the community, City Deals will provide a coordinated investment plan for our cities. A partnership approach, across all levels of government, private sector and the community, will allow us to capitalise on the opportunities in each city. The focus is not just on capital cities and major urban areas - Australia’s regional centres are vital to the performance of the wider Australian economy. Improving their productivity and liveability will be addressed in City Deals. 

Managed Investment Trusts and Build to Rent Initiatives

SLIC together with Griffith University, WT Partnership and various other financial  institutions,  NAHC and their consortia are working on a project to develop an innovative financial model and associated possible policy options to align with the Australian Federal Governments “Managed Investment Trust" (MIT) and the international and Australian growth in "Build to Rent" initiatives to address housing affordability.

Education Platform

To align with the “Buy Assist (shared equity home ownership) initiative being launched by NAHC a “Financial Education Project” is being trialled with potential “shared equity” participants. The program being developed and trialled aims to address training associated with the migration form rental tenure to home ownership tenure. Based on the trial and subsequent research evaluation it is hoped that a national approach by financial and government entities will see the benefits of such a program. This work has an expected completion date of the 1st quarter 2018 and is being undertaken by SLIC and its academic association with Griffith University Business School.

ARC Linkage Grant

An ARC Linkage Grant application has recently been submitted. The aim of the proposed research is to develop an innovative integrated model of social housing (SH) re-development, financial evaluation and financing that will enable SH providers to increase the supply and upgrade the quality SH stock. The purpose of the integrated model is to facilitate re-development of existing SH properties in a profitable manner and within the constraints of available government resources through an integrated approach in assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of competing uses of land and houses, the evaluation of the financial aspects of redevelopment and the most appropriate financing mechanisms. The partners in the research application are Griffith and Curtin University, West Australian Housing Authority, New South Wales Land and Housing Corporation, Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, BGC Residential and NAHC/SLIC. If successful it is anticipated the research to start late 2017 or early 2018 and will run for three years.

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