Factors shaping the dynamics of housing affordability in Australia 2001-11

AuthorsGavin Wood, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Melek Cigdem
PublishedSeptember 2015
PublisherAustralian Housing and Urban Research Institute
ISBN978-1-922075-94-9
Number of Pages57

The research documented in this report offers key insights into the duration of exposures to unaffordable housing. It also identifies the socio-demographic characteristics of those low-income Australians who find it more difficult to climb out of unaffordable housing in the first place; and if and when they do evade unaffordable housing, the types of low-income Australians who are more likely to slip back into unaffordable housing. Among low-income Australians, there are three groups that we can describe given the personal characteristics that our econometric modelling has flagged as important identifiers: (i) households with dependent children, particularly if there is a lone parent, (ii) migrants born in non-English-speaking countries, (iii) working age individuals on the margins of the labour market—the unemployed and those who have dropped out of the labour force—as well as the self-employed.