Melbourne Event – Renovating housing policy

The Grattan Cities Program’s new report, Renovating housing policy, looks at home ownership in Australia, and government policies that promote the ‘great Australian dream’. We assess whether policies that support home ownership and property investment achieve their objectives and represent value for money. We also consider the implications for how productively our cities function, how opportunity is distributed, and the impact on the 1 in 4 Australian households who rent their housing.

At this free public seminar Peter Verwer, CEO of the Property Council of Australia, discussed Grattan Institute’s new Cities report with author, Jane-Frances Kelly, Director of the Cities Program.

Peter_Verwer_2012Peter Verwer is Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, which is the nation’s leading advocate for the $670 billion investment property industry. As well as pursuing its core business of advocacy and public affairs, the Property Council operates learning, research, publishing and networking businesses. Peter’s current political priorities are tax modernisation, sustainability, financial services and regulatory reform. Peter is a member of many public and private sector boards. Peter is also special advisor to CareerTrackers, Australia’s leading indigenous internship program. Peter is a Life Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

jane-frances_kellyJane-Frances Kelly is the Cities Program Director at Grattan Institute. She spent three years in the British Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She has led strategy work for the UK, Queensland, Victorian and Commonwealth governments. She has also worked for the University of Melbourne’s Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police and Noel Pearson at the Cape York Institute.