Housing Pathways and Affordability

The rising cost of housing has been an ongoing issue in WA and nationally. House prices and rents are escalating at a rate that many households find hard to keep pace with and many young Australians continue to face severe barriers to accessing home ownership. Homelessness is also a growing concern in both regional and metropolitan areas. On the other hand, among older Australians, a major source of financial security is the wealth stored in the family home. Indeed it often represents a nest egg that can mean the difference between a modest and comfortable retirement. Projects under this research theme also delve into a range of issues related to housing affordability and housing security over the life course, and the ways in which housing assets are relied upon to fund retirement needs.

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Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Housing Supply Rachel Ong ViforJ, Christopher Phelps, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood This paper provides an analysis of spatial and temporal patterns in housing supply in Australia over the period 2005–06 to 2015–16. It shows that by international standards, per capita housing supply is very strong in Australia. However, housing supply is... Read article 28 September 2017Journal Articles Read More
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