On June 4 the Tasmanian Government announced 1,220 additional affordable and social homes as part of its $3.1 billion construction stimulus designed to secure construction jobs and tackle the state’s housing crisis.
Our team helped in the lead up to this announcement by developing a feasibility tool, which enables Housing Tasmania to improve its business intelligence. The tool does this by collecting inputs including demographic and housing user profiles, the level of unmet demand, housing typology, costs of construction and land, while building out various scenarios for housing needs and cost.
“We’ve actually been able to use that tool over the past few weeks in terms of seeing what options we have for a response that supports COVID-19 programs. Certainly this tool has been invaluable in assisting us with that process,” said Peter White, deputy secretary of Housing Tasmania.
It’s been a great experience for The Constellation Project and also Housing Tasmania.
“It has been a different way of working for us, in an agile methodology and I suppose it just shows if you have a common objective you can come together and get things done…and I’d certainly recommend that approach and say from us, it was a very worthwhile exercise,” he said.
Last week, The Constellation Project wrapped its latest cycle of work after four months, which was attended by over 200 people, including all levels of government, business, academia, philanthropy and not-for-profits.
The project is also testing a second product, a ‘Housing Capital Aggregator’ with industry superannuation funds and receiving very positive feedback around this game changing idea.
A fifth lab team has been added in Queensland, focusing on increasing the supply of housing for women experiencing intimate partner violence. Most current funding is linked to crisis accommodation rather than long term solutions.