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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The Private Rental Sector in Australia Steven Rowley, Amity James This report examines the state of the private rental sector (PRS) in Australia through analysis of 2016 census data and a survey of 3,182 Australian private renters. The survey asked renters about issues such as the number of rental properties... Read article 9 October 2018Feature Read More
Older Renters in the Western Australian Private Rental Sector Helen Hodgson, Amity James, Eileen Webb More people are reaching retirement age without owning a home, and the number of older people residing in the private rental market is increasing. Fixed incomes, short leases, a lack of affordable housing options and limited capacity to modify a... Read article 9 October 2018Feature Read More
Pathways to housing tax reform Richard Eccleston, Julia Verdouw, Kathleen Flanagan, Neil Warren, Alan Duncan, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Stephen Whelan, Kadir Atalay Despite widespread agreement that housing tax reform would lead to better housing outcomes and improved economic efficiency, the politics and ideology around housing tax policy remain a deterrent for change. This report, funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research... Read article 5 July 2018Research Reports Read More
Housing affordability: Land supply and new housing in Western Australia Greg Costello, Kenneth Leong, Steven Rowley This Feature report addresses the topic of land supply, new dwelling construction and housing affordability, a major economic and social issue facing West Australian households. This report complements the BCEC Housing Affordability (2014 and 2016) reports through analysis of similar broad regional... Read article 27 March 2018Feature Read More
The nexus between equity markets and housing prices in Australia Kelly Burns, Steven Rowley, George Tawadros, Ankita Mishra This BCEC Feature report examines the impact of equity and energy prices on house prices across Australian capital cities and regional Western Australia, over the period 2000 to 2014. Energy prices, for the purposes of this study, refers to a broad range... Read article 12 March 2018Feature Read More
The income tax treatment of housing assets: an assessment of proposed reform arrangements Alan Duncan, Helen Hodgson, John Minas, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Richard Seymour This report models several potential transitional arrangements that may ease the distribution pressures arising from reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) reform, and help smooth a reform pathway that is more politically acceptable. Negative gearing and CGT... Read article 7 March 2018Research Reports Read More