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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Housing Affordability in WA: A tale of two tenures Adam Crowe, Alan Duncan, Amity James, Steven Rowley This report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre focuses on housing affordability and features findings from the fourth BCEC Housing Affordability Survey of 4,000 households across Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. This fifteenth report in BCEC’s Focus on WA... Read article 24 June 2021BCEC Reports  |  Focus on WA Read More
Presentation: Housing Affordability in WA: A tale of two tenures presentation Alan Duncan, Amity James View the presentation slides given by John Curtin Distinguished Professor Alan Duncan Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, and Dr Amity James, Deputy Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute – Curtin Research Centre, at the launch of the Housing Affordability in... Read article 24 June 2021Presentations Read More
Within-city dwelling price growth and convergence: trends from Australia’s large cities Christopher Phelps, Mark Harris, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood Within Australia’s larger cities, we observe differences in price dynamics across different sub-periods over the period 2001–2016. A combination of housing market cycles, policy reforms and different new supply configurations offers potential explanations. Neighbourhood dwelling prices within all cities and... Read article 29 December 2020Journal Articles Read More
Household density and children’s wellbeing in Australia: Are children’s homes too empty? Michael Dockery Living in crowded housing has been associated with poorer physical and mental health outcomes, with a greater emphasis on the psychological effects when the underlying quality of housing is high. Hence ‘overcrowding’ features as a housing condition extensively studied in... Read article 12 September 2020Working Papers Read More
A methodology for projecting sparse populations and its application to remote Indigenous communities Michael Dockery, Nicholas Holyoak, Ranjodh B. Singh A new method is proposed for generating projections for sparse populations by locality, age cohort and gender. An adaptation of the cohort replacement method, the approach uses a Tobit model with varying censoring limits to model population changes by cohort.... Read article 10 August 2020Journal Articles Read More
Mortgage stress and precarious home ownership Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Melek Cigdem, Silvia Salazar Between 1987 and 2015, the growth in mortgage debt outstripped both house price and income growth among older mortgagors (55+). Mortgage debt blew out by 600 per cent while house prices tripled. Income growth lagged even further behind, doubling over... Read article 29 August 2019Research Reports Read More