The decline of housing supply in New Zealand: why it happened and how to reverse it
This report discusses how housing markets have been shaped by infrastructure and urban planning policies, and presents some options for making housing more available and affordable.
Property Market Review: consultation paper
This review is looking for ways to improve property market laws to support Victorians to have fairer and easier access to the housing market. This paper has been developed by the Review Panel to assist the consultation process. It explains the background for the terms...
Review of succession law: rights to a person’s property on death
This report argues that succession law, the law about who inherits a person’s property when they die, needs reform.
Wealth transfers and their economic effects: research paper
This research report provides information about how much wealth Australians transfer while they are alive (gifts) and after they die (inheritances), how wealth transfers affect those who receive them, and the impact of wealth transfers on the distribution of wealth in society now, and in...
COVID-19: the impact on commercial property values
The authors of this paper discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 on commercial property values and the issues that commercial property valuers will be facing.
Neighbourhood tree disputes: report
This report responds to a number of suggestions from the community about an urgent need to improve the law to help neighbours resolve their disputes about trees. The inquiry was initiated by the Commission as part of its community law reform program.
New South Wales community perceptions of coastal erosion and inundation
The purpose of this study was to provide an evidence-based platform that will assist local governments and coastal management professionals in the future development of suitable and effective educational strategies and programs to help improve the ability of NSW coastal communities to adapt sustainably to...
Compound costs: how climate change is damaging Australia's economy
Australia’s financial regulators have recently made a call for action to deal with climate change, with the Reserve Bank of Australia, APRA and ASIC all citing risks posed by climate change as a central concern for the economy and financial stability. This report asserts that...
The potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy
This study examined disruptive digital technologies, investigating their potential for reshaping housing markets and reconfiguring housing policy. It provides housing policy makers and practitioners with a nuanced understanding of how technology is already restructuring housing markets and affecting housing assistance programs, as well as insights...
Transforming Fishermans Bend: unlocking jobs and innovation for Melbourne
Melbourne is a city undergoing unprecedented growth coupled with rapid technological disruption, and it is also home to one of the world’s highest-potential urban redevelopment precincts. The regeneration of the Fishermans Bend precinct into an employment and innovation cluster could be worth up to $12...
Review for Land Information New Zealand
This review calls for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to expanding its current roles and responsibilities in issues that affect the country, such as the safeguarding of national assets, the management of the Crown Estate, disaster recovery and urban development.
Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector
This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.
Models of land administration often promote the formalisation of land under multiple ownership to a more individualised, Western style of tenure, such as the British system of land tenure imposed on a communal Māori society. However, the dangers for Māori land under multiple ownership are...
Trees, townhouses and apartments: the effect of development density on private property tree distribution in Melbourne
Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and...
Private rental in transition: institutional change, technology and innovation in Australia
This research is a comprehensive analysis of the private rental sector (PRS) and explores the interplay between regulation, organisations and structures, and social norms and practices of prevailing policies. It also explores the impact of innovation and digital technology on the sector.
Construction market conditions 2018
Nationally, the growing demand from the infrastructure sector is pushing up costs of personnel, plant and equipment, and base materials such as aggregates, cement and steel. As resources become more stretched, these pressures create an industry wide challenge.
Neighbourhood tree disputes: consultation paper
The Victorian Law Reform Commission has released this consultation paper as part of its examination of the current operation of the relevant laws and processes in Victoria governing neighbourhood tree disputes.
Housing taxes: getting from here to there
A shift to a property tax will make the housing market fairer and more efficient, and researchers have come up with a practical way to do it, writes Peter Mares.
Pathways to state property tax reform
Reforming property taxes can help deliver a more sustainable housing system with economic and social dividends. This research proposes a nationally coordinated incremental strategy with short, medium and long-term objectives.
Assisted housing affordability: discussion paper
This discussion paper endeavors to identify the underlying causes of housing affordability issues, and to consider some useful policy responses in the current and historical context.
Insuring property under climate change
Climate change will increasingly create severe risks for New Zealand’s coastal housing stock.
Reform options for state property taxes
This paper presents some options for the details of the property taxes reform package, and then assesses their comparative efficiency and redistribution effects.
Priced out? The affordability crisis in London
London’s distinct housing market has been exhibiting the strains of a crisis for some time. The scale of the demand for property, the tenure and household mix, the affordability gap for both renting and buying, and the scale of serious housing need all set London...
Seller disclosure in Queensland: final report
This report sets out 19 recommendations for the reform of the current seller disclosure regime, including the introduction of a statutory seller disclosure regime for sales of freehold land in Queensland.
The property ladder after the financial crisis: the first step is a stretch but those who make it are doing ok
This paper investigates how things have changed since the global financial crisis for those stepping onto the property ladder in Australia.