Australasian Housing Institute

Owen Donald

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Dr Owen DonaldDr Donald is a company director and consultant on housing policy and program management. He is currently a non-executive director of Aboriginal Housing Victoria Limited and of Housing Choices Australia and. He was previously Chairman of Barwon Health and has held Board roles at Southern Health, HomeGround Services, the Melbourne Port Corporation and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Owen’s consulting work has focussed on housing policy and practice. He has assisted a variety of government agencies in the development of affordable housing strategies, with reforming the financing and management of social housing, and with sustainable housing management regimes for remote Indigenous communities. He is currently working with the NSW Government on the sale of public housing assets and reinvestment of the proceeds in additional social housing.

Owen was Chairman of the National Housing Supply Council from its establishment in May 2008 to late 2013, liaising with planning agencies, developers, builders, social housing providers and welfare groups to produce an annual State of Supply Report, analyse the reasons for supply imbalances and advise governments on remedial actions. In the same period he also served on the Commonwealth Government’s Urban Policy Forum and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Social Housing and Homelessness.

Owen was previously the Director of Housing in Victoria, managing community renewal, public housing and homelessness programs, introducing major reforms in the social housing system, and advising the Victorian government on affordable housing and residential development. During this time he was Chairman of the Housing Ministers Advisory Council.

Between 2000 and 2004 he was the CEO of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, a networked economic and social research institution then covering 18 universities and over 200 researchers.

Now in his early 60s, Owen is married with two adult children and a small but growing family of grandchildren. He lives in Sydney and Melbourne. His lifetime career spans the public, private and community sectors and academia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration. He has a PhD degree in urban research from ANU.