Rachel Ong ViforJ

Deputy Director

PhD (Murdoch)
BEc (Hons) (Murdoch)

Telephone+61 8 9266 1744
Research Fields

Housing policy, Housing economics, Population ageing, Tax-transfer evaluation, Mature age employment participation, Intergenerational equity

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Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ is Deputy Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. She also oversees the Centre’s Focus on Western Australia report series and WA in the Spotlight workshop series.

Rachel’s research addresses a range of housing policy issues, including the role of housing assets in supporting welfare throughout the life course, intergenerational housing concerns, the dynamics of housing affordability, housing pathways in the 21st century, and the links between housing and the economy. She has long-standing expertise in the evaluation of housing tax-transfer reforms. Rachel also has an established research record in the area of population ageing. She has conducted extensive research into the work disincentives and employment decisions of mature age workers, as well as workforce vulnerabilities in mid to late life.

Rachel has led and conducted numerous projects that are funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australian Research Council, and policy and industry organisations including the Commonwealth Treasury and WA Department of Housing. She is an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research and has been appointed to several research expert panels including the Treasury’s Housing Research Panel, the Economic Society of Australia’s National Economic Panel and AusAID’s Research Advisory Panel. She has secured research funding from international sources from the UK and Canada and is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research.