26 Sep 2018

This report identifies the benefits and problems smart home adopters actually experience, and compares them to the technological solutions on offer. The report shows that while living in a smart home is appealing for early adopters, it also throws up some unexpected challenges.

Blog post

24 Sep 2018

Cities in the Urban Transitions Alliance are moving away from their industrial energy-intensive heritage and setting ambitious energy efficiency targets. A broad range of projects and programs have spearheaded sustainability efforts, reduced energy-related carbon emissions and led to utility cost savings for residents at the...


2 Aug 2018

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.


11 Jul 2017

This research contributes to a better understanding of the market for multigenerational homes in the UK. It analyses the scale and types of multigenerational households currently found in the UK and explores the experiences of British families living in this way.

Conference paper

16 Feb 2017

Housing unaffordability creates pressures on economic and social life of an individual to a community. Periodic housing unaffordability in Queensland resource and regional communities are common over the last two decades. This paper examined the perceived household risks to periodic housing unaffordability in Queensland resource...

Journal article

1 Feb 2017

This paper presents an alternative view on the patterning of housing problems – across populations and within people. The conceptualization of housing problems through a ‘housing niche’ lens allows the cumulative influence of multiple housing vulnerabilities to be better visualized and understood. Using a large,...


24 Aug 2016

The report Financial Resilience in Australia 2015 highlights the concept of resilience as a process that ‘enables individuals to bounce back after adverse events and experiences, adapt to changing circumstances, and deal with environmental stress.’ The report defines financial resilience as:

‘the ability...


20 Jul 2016

Commenced in 2001, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian households. The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS; previously Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and is...

Audio interview

9 Jun 2016

Insurance cover has proved to be a headache for a number of Australians hit by the recent East Coast storms. Many homeowners were surprised to discover they're not covered for damage caused by the sea or flooding.

Confusion over insurance cover is a familiar...


4 May 2016

This research recommends that housing assistance be provided under a tenure-neutral model. Currently households with similar needs receive fundamentally different levels and types of housing assistance depending on their housing tenure (i.e. owner, private renter, in social housing etc.) rather than needs.

The research...

Working paper

25 Nov 2015

New Zealand households are emitting 4.6 per cent less greenhouse gas than they used to. This is a fall of approximately one tonne of emissions for a two person household that spends $80,000 per year. That’s the equivalent of the emissions involved in driving from...


23 Nov 2015

Examines the renting situation for low income households in Melbourne. The report looked at all private rental properties advertised on June 23rd to give a snapshot into the rental market for low income households.


TUV’s Melbourne Rental Affordability Bulletin illustrates the...


16 Sep 2015


In 2006, the Victorian Government mandated the rollout of electricity smart maters to all households and small businesses across Victoria under the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program.

The audit examined whether the deficiencies identified in our 2009 audit have been addressed...

Discussion paper

31 Jul 2015

New Zealand is a seismically active country. Our communities are exposed to the perils that come with this, namely earthquakes, volcanic and hydrothermal activity and tsunami. We also regularly suffer from landslips, storms and floods as a result of our weather and geography. When these...


15 Jul 2015

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a household-based panel study which began in 2001. It has the following key features:

It collects information about economic and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and family dynamics. Special questionnaire modules are included...


10 Jun 2015

A 2014 decision by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) obliges electricity distributors in the National Electricity Market (NEM) to develop new electricity tariffs. These tariffs must be cost reflective – that is, the prices distributors charge must reflect “the efficient costs of providing network...


2 Mar 2015

This report presents a cross-national comparison of the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce.


This paper uses longitudinal data to estimate the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce in the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Korea, Germany and Australia during...


3 Dec 2014

One in five Australian households use solar energy, two in three have a smart phone, and three in four have air conditioning, according to this release.


Presents data on the use of solar energy and other energy sources used in Australian...


16 Nov 2014

Assesses, in general terms, key trends in various cost of living measurements (including the consumer price index), as well as wage indexes in Australia.

Introduction A significant concern for many households is the expense they incur to buy goods and services that are...


25 Sep 2014

Contains information about the level (stock) of financial assets and liabilities of each sector of the economy, as well as information about financial transactions (i.e. flows of funds) between the sectors.



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