2020 Lab Kick Off.

Queensland joins Cycle 3 of our social lab


Cycle 3 of our ‘More Homes’ social lab kicks off on Monday February 17 with a fifth lab team joining from Queensland.


Our four existing lab teams will continue to refine and accelerate their work in this next cycle. All four teams wrapped 2019 delivering a promising suite of solutions.  The teams are;


  1. Federal State co-funding
  2. Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning
  3. First Nations Elder Village
  4. Housing Capital Aggregator


Last year the project received a boost from Minter Ellison who provided highly valuable pro-bono support for a proposed housing capital aggregator. The housing aggregator will enable significant institutional investment into affordable housing in Australia and has received positive feedback from the industry superannuation funds.


The inclusionary zoning lab team is proving that a market-led approach to inclusionary zoning can be feasible for both developers and community housing providers. The Constellation Project is well placed to navigate this complex terrain. In the past six months key players including the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) have become closely involved with the lab work.


We now have a promising suite of solutions including an elder village proposal for First Nations communities and a tool to significantly optimise funding flows for affordable housing between federal and state governments.


In 2020 lab teams will continue to test, refine and accelerate their work which addresses different aspects of the challenge question: By 2022, how might we create a pipeline of 100,000 homes for people on very low to moderate incomes?



Queensland lab team


The Queensland lab team will be coached by PwC’s Joanne Bowen and will focus on increasing housing supply for women who are fleeing domestic and family violence.


“Domestic and family violence is the most common reason for seeking homelessness assistance. Our focus in Queensland will be on this specific cohort, building off the energy that already exists across Government and the corporate sector around ending domestic and family violence. It makes sense to bring these two issues together and we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes,” Jo said.


The project continues to receive positive feedback from its ongoing engagement with all levels of government. We’re seeing particular interest in our cross-sector approach and focus on practicable solutions. Stay tuned for more news on this front.


We also continue to be supported by our founding members, Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia and The Centre for Social Impact who in addition to their efforts on the bushire crisis remain committed to this important work