Our Housing Australia
The collection of insights contained in this book give us a valuable and broad view of housing in contemporary Australia
To celebrate the public release of this important national dataset http://bit.ly/AustHousingData we invited 20 leading housing commentators and researchers to explore the data and contribute short reflections on the state of Australian housing, homes and households. These reflections explore the experience of renting and home ownership, the generation of wealth and inequality, the ability of our housing to keep us warm, safe and healthy, and emerging housing trends, such as rent-vesting and the rise of share housing.
Emma Baker, Claire Morey, Lyrian Daniel, Wendy Stone, Rebecca Bentley, Andrew Beer, Steven Rowley, Kerry London, Jane-Frances Kelly, Hal Pawson, Chris Leishman, Michael Buchan, Matt Lloyd-Cape, Amy Clair, Laura James, Mark Harris, Helen Dinmore, Trivess Moore, Ralph Horne, Craig M. Gurney
Baker, E. and Morey, C. (Eds.) (2023). Our Housing Australia. The Australian Centre for Housing Research. University of Adelaide. DOI 10.25909/24657108
Housing offers much more than just shelter. It provides space for raising families, for leisure and rest, and increasingly, it doubles as a workspace. Housing also impacts our mental and physical health due to factors including cold, mould, poorly managed maintenance issues, unaffordability, and inequality.
For all its importance, we know surprisingly little about the homes Australians live in, beyond sales prices, construction materials and population averages. In 2022, the Australian Research Council (ARC), acknowledging this data gap, funded a collaboration of six universities to develop a multi-year national housing data infrastructure. The data contained in this infrastructure gives us a view ‘behind the front door’ of 22,550 Australian homes across tenure, income and all Australian States and Territories. This dataset is the third in a series of National Housing Conditions projects.
This research is funded by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme in partnership with the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, Curtin University and Torrens University, Australia.
Click here to learn more about this publication and the Australian Housing Conditions Survey.