Digitised choice-based letting for the ACT public housing portfolio
Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria
Start date: 04 February 2019
End date: 31 May 2020
Australian Government funding:
- TBA - procurement process commenced to engage partner organisation
- Public administration and customer service
- Community engagement
- Smart governance
- People movement
- Data Management (Data platform, open data, data privacy and security, blockchains, standards)
- IT systems (interoperability)
- Online portal
Co-design, development and implementation of a digital platform (MVP) that will capture:
- A digital service channel capable of supporting public housing allocation, swaps and transfers.
- Capacity for seamless integration with the digitised housing application process (under development).
- Client-choice, improved service accessibility and responsiveness, and increased awareness of available service options.
Currently clients are allocated public housing based on an officer’s assessment of need. There is limited portfolio visibility or ability to amend preferences.
The project seeks to remediate this by promoting:
- client choice with a digitised platform where clients can compare their options and tailor their search (within set parameters)
- ease of navigation and access, offering real-time updates to a digital vacant properties register and wait times, and
- administrative efficiencies as officers are diverted to a tenant support function.
The project will have immediate and flow on benefits for broader portfolio management, incorporating up-to-date visual images of all public housing dwellings, including individual rooms and floor plans.
The project is scalable. It is anticipated that the MVP will be implemented with a select group of about 100 properties and, initially, be used for the purpose of facilitating tenant swaps. However, over time there is potential for the product to be used for all tenant allocations and movements (transfers and swaps) across the portfolio. The benefits are:
- increased tenant mobility (as life circumstances change);
- reduced property under-utilisation (currently 17% of properties across the portfolio have two or more bedrooms underutilised);
- increased tenant choice about where (and in what communities) they live.
Name: Leila Corby
Phone: 02 6205 0094