Environmental amenities provide a range of direct and indirect benefits in cities, and amenity provision often figures within policy portfolios to advance sustainability in urban areas. This report synthesises empirical research on the impact of environmental amenities on housing prices, examines implications on housing affordability...
Australia has a housing affordability problem, with many Australians struggling to rent or buy a home. This study reviews the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and it examines how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out...
This study investigates how filtering contributes to market-provided, low-income housing in Australia. It critiques the conceptualisation of filtering as a source of housing for low-income households, tests for the presence of filtering dynamics in housing markets (using Melbourne and Sydney as case studies) and considers...
This research examines the causes, cultural contextual meanings and safe responses to homelessness for Indigenous Australians in urban settings, using Australian policy, practice and academic literature, together with interviews with stakeholders in four case-study sites.
This research reviews first homebuyer assistance programs in Australia and seven comparator countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK.
The proposal announced by the federal Coalition to bust open super for first home buyers housing deposits would add tens of thousands of dollars to housing prices and would undermine the retirement savings of all Australians, asserts Industry Super Australia.
This report summarises a multi-stage project undertaken by a team at the University of South Australia for the RAI’s Intergovernmental Shared Inquiry Program in 2021-22.
Bondi to Byron: the diverging experiences of rental and home-buyer markets in urban and regional NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper examines the diverging stories of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired impact on Greater Sydney and the Rest of NSW’s rental and home-buyer markets through a multi-scale data analysis approach that triangulates tourist activity, investor sales, and property/rental prices
Secure housing in Australia is increasingly out of reach for a growing proportion of the population – arguably more so than in any comparable country. So how did we get here? How do we begin to understand the social and economic consequences of such enormous...
This research reviews Australia’s COVID-19 housing policy responses to better understand the intervention approach, underlying logic, short and long term goals, target groups and level of success.
The Australian Federal Budget is a major annual event. It’s an opportunity for the government of the day to set out its vision for Australia’s future. This paper outlines the Blueprint Institute's assessment of the fiscal position Australia finds itself in.
Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.
This discussion paper highlights the different drivers of housing problems in different parts of regional Australia. These different drivers mean that the responses also need to be tailored to each region if they are to be effective.
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...
Mortgaging our future: the effects of super for housing policies on Australian property prices and financial health in retirement
This report examines the effects of ‘super-for-housing’ policies on house prices, finding the proposal would significantly increase house prices in all major capital city markets in Australia, but do so without changing the composition of first home buyers.
This paper presents both empirical evidence and quantitative modelling analysis that show that the shift towards at-home activity was associated with a significant increase in house prices in the United States.
This paper examines the potential benefits of more targeted state engagement with housing markets; reviews the kinds of policy tools through which state governments can influence housing market outcomes; outlines broad goals to guide statewide housing policy; and documents the contrasting approaches currently taken by...
This research quantifies productivity-related agglomeration benefits arising from the concentration of employment in Australia. While agglomeration provides a policy rationale for densifying cities and concentrating employment, it also leads to higher house prices, which reduce entry and ongoing affordability, greater pollution and other wellbeing detriments...
Thousands of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) dwellings are needed to meet Australia’s accessible housing needs. The Summer Foundation established the SDA Investor Think Tank in early 2021 in response to uncertainties in the market. Its purpose was to inform and support active and appropriate market...
The laws of attraction: economic drivers of inter-regional migration, housing costs and the role of policies
The capacity of workers to move regions in response to local economic shocks is one key dimension of labour market dynamism which could contribute to the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. In this context, this paper proposes articulating structural with place-based policies to help prospective...