Ernest Healy


Immigration and the housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne

House prices are higher in Sydney and Melbourne than in almost all other developed-nation cities, with the result that most young households cannot afford to buy a detached house. Why? This research examines some possible answers.

Melbourne’s high rise apartment boom

This report documents the scale of the Melbourne’s recent inner-city high rise apartment boom and the scale of its likely further expansion. It shows that it is an investor led boom, which is disconnected from any underlying increased preference for apartment living. It is delivering...

Scarce jobs: migrants or locals at the end of the queue?

This report argues that young Australian job seekers are losing out in the competition for scarce jobs. Executive summary During the 2013 election campaign, the major parties professed to be concerned about employment opportunity. The mantra was jobs, jobs, jobs. This is appropriate in a...

Trends in Australian non-metropolitan housing markets, 1991-2001

This final report aims to quantify the nature and extent of changes in the decade 1991-2001 within nonmetropolitan housing markets in Australia and, integral to achieving this first goal, to construct the first national non-metropolitan housing market database to hold empirical information on population, housing...

How does housing density affect disadvantage across the city?

Infill housing in middle ring suburbs is a destination for low-income, disadvantaged households in the private rental market writes Ernest Healy and Bob Birrell.