The Australian Children's Housing Dataset


This survey will collect evidence on the housing situations and experiences of school-aged children in South Australia, adding to the evidence base and contributing to better outcomes for children, families, and policy makers.

Considerable evidence links housing with health and well-being outcomes, but existing work is dominated by evidence on adults, in part due to lack of data on the housing experiences and well-being of children. By improving evidence relating to children, we will be able to improve not only health and well-being during childhood, but potentially during the whole life course, given the importance of early health to lifetime health.

By completing our survey you will be making a massive contribution to research and understanding in this area.

Participant Information   

Housing and health

Housing plays a very important role in our health. At the moment we don't have a lot of information about the nature of children's housing in Australia, or the role it plays in their health. This project is an important part of our research looking to fill this gap. 


The research team

Dr Amy Clair

Amy Clair is a researcher in the Australian Centre for Housing Research, University of Adelaide, and research associate of the ESRC Centre for Micro-Social Change, University of Essex. A quantitative social policy researcher, her work focuses on the impact of policy on health and well-being, with an emphasis on housing and child well-being. Recent work has explored the impact of cold homes on mental health, the links between housing experiences and biological ageing, and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for social policy.

Associate Professor Lynne Giles

Lynne Giles is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. Her research interests are centred on the application of contemporary statistical techniques to life course data. Most of her research has primarily focussed on the analysis of data from cohort studies. She has been part of the investigator team for the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing since 1994. In the past decade, she has developed research interests that address how early life affects health in later childhood and beyond, particularly focussing on growth in infancy and childhood. 

Professor Emma Baker

Emma Baker is Professor of Housing Research at the University of Adelaide where she leads the Healthy Cities Research Group. She is currently leading the construction of a national rental housing conditions dataset and has a track record of successful collaboration with industry, government and non-government organisations. Professor Baker leads the Capturing Complexity research stream.  

This project is supported by funding from the University of Adelaide Healthy Societies FAME Strategy Grant.