Private home ownership
Pathways to home ownership in an age of uncertainty
This research investigates how young households (aged 25–34) in Sydney and Perth are adapting their spending and saving behaviours and living arrangements in order to be able to buy a home.
City social and housing: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts
This track provides papers that address housing affordability; urban sprawl and associated housing and social infrastructure needs across cities and regions; homelessness, housing system reform, and the futures of homeownership; social and cultural diversity and its implications for housing and social/care infrastructures; and transformative models...
Housing affordability in Australia: tackling a wicked problem
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...
Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic housing policy responses
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.
Housing: taming the elephant in the economy
By any measure, the housing market is a major sector within the Australian economy. This report finds that across the whole of government, and different orders of government, there needs to be an integrated housing market strategy to deliver more Australian homes and more sustainable...
A comparison of renters and homeowners in recent decades
This paper covers the recent history of the housing market in the United States, from the latter half of the 20th century to today. It compares homeowner and renter experiences, and examines government policies meant to ease the financial burdens of finding and maintaining housing.
Implications of the Retirement Income Review: public advocacy of private profligacy?
The recent Retirement Income Review (RIR) implies policies that would reduce after-tax returns to super saving, encourage faster spending of life savings and of equity in the family home, and minimise bequests. This paper argues that the RIR relies on contested Treasury ‘tax expenditure’ estimates...
Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy responses
This research considers the economic literature relating to pandemics, and models a range of related economic outcomes on employment and unemployment by sector, and on the housing outcomes of home owners, private renters, and small investor landlords in Australia from late 2020 and through 2021.
Mid-life Australians and the housing aspirations gap
This report delivers a comprehensive account of the diverse housing circumstances of Australians at mid-life (35–54); elicits their housing aspirations and trade-offs; examines housing challenges and enablers; and ‘market tests’ future housing possibilities, including among vulnerable populations, to inform optimal policy development.
Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Families Studies in 1980. This fact sheet outlines some of the changes in the housing arrangements of Australian families during this time.
Two year blitz to generate $3.1 billion in construction value
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is set to reboot the economy with a record construction blitz over two years, underpinning around 15,000 jobs. Initiative: Extending the successful $20,000 First Home Owners Grant initiative to all Owner Occupier build applications Initiative: Improving the HomeShare program to revise...
'HomeBuilder' program to drive economic activity across the residential construction sector
From today until 31 December 2020, HomeBuilder will provide all eligible owner-occupiers (not just first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. Construction must be contracted to commence within three months of the contract...
A fairer, simpler fire services property levy to keep us safe
The Fire Services Property Levy rate will be reduced on residential properties across the state as part of an overhaul that will make the charge simpler and more consistent - and reflect the establishment of Fire Rescue Victoria. Initiative: Freeze the Fire Services Property Levy...
McGowan Government exercises new powers to help ratepayers
The Minister for Local Government has exercised his new powers under the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020. Initiative: Residential ratepayers suffering financial hardship will not be charged interest on overdue rates
Australian home ownership: past reflections, future directions
This research report documents that the ‘Australian dream’ of home ownership is no longer relevant in the contemporary era. Analysis of statistical trends for Australian tenure change and comparative analysis of the direction of ownership in equivalent countries are the basis for this conclusion.
20-12 Modification of statutory requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Regulations have been made under section 747B of the Local Government Act 1993 to temporarily modify the application of the Act in response to the COVIDâ€‘19 pandemic. Initiative: Allow councils to delay first quarterly rates notice for 2020/21
Home improvement scheme expanded and extended
Due to the overwhelming success of the Home Improvement Scheme, the Territory Labor Government is expanding it and extending it to help more households and save more jobs. Initiative: Home Improvement Scheme Expanded and Extended
Domestic violence support during COVID-19 crisis
Police and domestic violence frontline services remain at the ready to support victims and their families as the state continues to respond to the coronavirus threat. Initiative: Temporary accommodation for domestic violence survivors
$1 billion stimulus package to save SA jobs, businesses
The Marshall Liberal Government has announced details of its second economic stimulus package - which includes significant payroll and land tax relief for thousands of businesses across the state. Initiative: Land tax relief (Up to $13 million in additional savings)
Unprecedented new social and economic support package released
The Social and Economic Support Package we have announced today is unprecedented in the history our state in both size, and breadth. Initiative: Social and Economic Support Packages Initiative: Freeze payment of the Community Fire levy next financial year Initiative: Increase pool of available houses...
Initial economic survival package to support Territory economy
The ACT Government has announced an economic survival package as the first phase in our plan to protect as many jobs as possible and support Canberra households and businesses. Initiative: Rebates of $150 on residential rates Initiative: Rebate for residential utilities
Why do home-owners do better?
Focussing on indicators of physical and mental health, life satisfaction and, for youth, educational attainment, this paper employs a range of strategies to test competing hypotheses relating to causal mechanisms and selection effects associated with home-ownership.
Housing in an ageing Australia: nest and nest egg?
This report, investigating the links between home ownership and population ageing, finds that delays in home purchase are broadly consistent with other social and demographic trends. The report concludes that those at greatest disadvantage in retirement are renters.
Fact Check: Labor says the home ownership rate for young people has fallen 20 per cent. Is that right?
Keeping to Labor's theme of economic inequality in the leadup to the 2019 federal election, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen claims home ownership rates for people aged 25-34 have "spiralled downwards in recent years".
Matching markets in housing and housing assistance
This study identified five Australian housing markets that could use online technology to match highly specific ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’. The five markets considered are: swaps in public housing; disability accessible housing; low-cost private rental housing brokerage; apartment presales for low/mid income earners; and precinct-level urban...