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Entries Tagged as 'Affordability'

New to Australia? Good luck! Migrants can no longer afford ‘gateway’ suburbs

May 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Cities, Demographics, Guest appearance, Housing, Migration, Sydney, Wellbeing

Jack Wright/flickr, CC BY-NC   By Hazel Easthope, UNSW and Wendy Stone, Swinburne University of Technology. Originally published on The Conversation. The concentration of disadvantaged people in certain parts of cities is almost always seen as undesirable by urban researchers and policymakers. But is this always the case? Our research demonstrates that it isn’t. Concentrations of people […]

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What explains the rise of long-term private renting in Australia?

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Tenancy

By Hal Pawson, City Futures Research Centre. The ongoing expansion of Australia’s private rental market is well-known. Even at the time of the 2011 census, more than one in four properties was a home rented from a private landlord either directly or through an agent. But for increasing numbers of people this is a long-term […]

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I’m forever blowing bubbles: Has the Sydney apartment market finally burst?

March 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in Around the House, newsletter of Shelter NSW. Much speculation in the property press in recent months has centred on the question of the supposed ‘housing bubble’ (is there one?) and, if so, what is its likely trajectory (will it burst?).  Pundits have vied for […]

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By far and away the biggest (housing) tax reform prize on offer?

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Housing, Social housing, Tax

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. Weekend reports suggest that an exchange of land tax for stamp duty might be, at last, under genuine government consideration. The potential significance of such a change – one we’ve previously backed – is hard to overstate. Cited in the Sydney Morning Herald, Grattan Institute economics […]

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Value sharing for affordable housing

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Sydney

By Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published in New Planner. The recent inclusion of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) in the draft District Pans for Metropolitan Sydney marks a turning point in the debates – and hopefully the policies – on the possibility of accessing some of the value generated by property development to […]

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The 10-point Plan to Tackle the Housing Crisis Rides Again

February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Government, Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Tax

By Hal Pawson, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre. With anxieties about Australia’s increasingly unaffordable housing close to fever pitch, increasingly zany policy ideas are being touted to fix the problem. Not long ago we heard the Urban Task Force advocating for a plan fundamentally undermining NSW planning system integrity. Last week the ABC’s Michael […]

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New housing ministers – new housing policies?

January 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Government, Housing, Social housing

Congratulations to Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Housing, and Pru Goward, the Minister for Social Housing, on their appointments to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s new Cabinet. Congratulations too to Matt Kean, Minister for Fair Trading, whose housing-related portfolio includes residential tenancies. This is the first time New South Wales has had two housing ministers.  From […]

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If you’re serious about affordable Sydney housing, Premier, here’s a must-do list

January 24th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Finance, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Social housing

By Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia. Originally published on The Conversation. So “fixing housing affordability” in Sydney is one of three top priorities for the new premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. It’s good that the state’s new leader recognises this as an intensifying problem that can’t be ignored. Berejiklian will appreciate the electoral importance of […]

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Neighbours’ fears about affordable housing are worse than any impacts

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Housing, Housing supply, Social housing

This article, co-written with Dr Gethin Davison, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here.   Housing affordability is a hot topic in Australia. Governments are increasingly recognising that more needs to be done to provide a greater range of affordable housing options, especially in the major cities. It is well documented, […]

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Sydney needs higher affordable housing targets

November 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Housing, Planning, urban renewal

Laurence Troy, UNSW Australia; Dallas Rogers, Western Sydney University; Emma Power, Western Sydney University; Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia; Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney; Louise Crabtree, Western Sydney University; Michael Darcy, Western Sydney University, and Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney The release this week by the Greater Sydney Commission of city-wide draft plans mandating some measure […]

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