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How do Australia’s young people want to live?

By Georgia Allan / 09 Jan, 2020

Something that Councils always ask about is what type of housing do people really want to live in, as opposed to what they are living in? There is often the suspicion that people are living in housing that is not their first choice, and...

Changing rental costs – not always the story you expect
By Georgia Allan / 12 Dec, 2019

In today’s blog, Georgia takes a look at the change in median weekly rental costs in South Australia and Victoria. She discovers things are not always as the media would have you believe. If you’re interested...

Finger on the pulse: New headline housing indicators for City of Knox using
By MICHAEL DUNBAR / 28 Nov, 2019

With our new online housing product almost 1 year old, we’ve had the chance to work with a number of councils to improve the tool to help them achieve their goals.

Is your local housing market supplying for vulnerable households?
By Georgia Allan / 18 Nov, 2019

We’ve written a lot about housing stress recently, and understanding the numbers of households spending too much on their mortgage and rental payments. There are a number of drivers of housing stress, one of...

Growth areas: Growing up
By Georgia Allan / 31 Oct, 2019

Later this month I’ll be attending the National Growth Areas Alliance 2019 Congress, along with my fellow demographers Glenn and Nenad. In preparation, we’ve been looking at some interesting stories from growth...

Townsville: A unique housing story
By Georgia Allan / 21 Oct, 2019

In today’s blog, Georgia shows our recent Housing Report Starter guide in action. If you haven’t got your copy of the guide yet, you can download one here. Our housing team will also be at the International...

(MAP) Where are the hotspots for residential development in Australia?
By Georgia Allan / 04 Oct, 2019

Building approvals are a leading indicator of the general level of residential development, economic activity, employment and investment in a given area. Approvals are also an important data point in the...

The early warning signal for housing affordability pressure
By Georgia Allan / 19 Sep, 2019

There’s one piece of data that anyone with a community profile can check as an early indicator of housing affordability pressure. It’s a change in housing tenure – whether people are renting, paying off a...

Is staff turnover a challenge at your council?
By Andrew Hedge / 29 Aug, 2019

Today we’re launching a new resource for strategic planners and community planning managers, to help them with a significant challenge they face in their day-to-day work.

Unpacking ‘severely overcrowded housing’
By Georgia Allan / 19 Jul, 2019

In the latest piece from our new housing team, Georgia revisits the topic of overcrowding to see how the technical definition of an overcrowded dwelling reflects the reality in Australia today. You can learn...

Do mortgage repayments drop with the cash rate?

Following last week’s cut to the Reserve Bank’s cash rate, Glenn shares what the Census tells us about the relationship between a cut in interest rates and mortgage repayments.

How to measure housing stress in your local government area
By Georgia Allan / 02 May, 2019

Georgia Allan shares some work we’ve done with the ABS in response to a recent change to the definition of ‘housing stress’ in some parts of Australia. This change enables our local government partners to...

Peter Mares on why falling house prices are a good thing
By PETER MARES / 31 Oct, 2018

Peter Mares is a highly regarded journalist and broadcaster who has worked with .id previously when we have prepared housing studies for the Victorian Cities of Moreland and Moonee Valley. In this piece, Peter...

How to build an evidence base for your housing strategy
By Georgia Allan / 27 Sep, 2018

Are you building an evidence base for housing strategy? (NSW councils, we’re looking at you!) Georgia works in our housing consulting team and has helped prepare the evidence base for a number of councils’...

The implications of changing demography on housing demand in Adelaide
By Ivan - The Founder / 30 Aug, 2018

Last week I presented a paper to the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s South Australian chapter (UDIA SA). The brief from the UDIA was ‘ talk to us about the implications of changing demography on...

.id Housing series Part 2 | Downsizing to the good life
By VICTOR FISHER / 14 Aug, 2018

As you grow older, do you want to stay in the suburb you’re familiar with? Through our work with the City of Moonee Valley, we found that many residents would like to age in place, but some struggle to find...

Is it time to review growth area planning?
By Rob Hall / 01 Aug, 2018

Recently, our Housing and Economics team uncovered some surprising trends in household sizes in some growth areas – trends that have important implications for planning, infrastructure and service delivery in...

.id Housing series Part 1 | Fostering family-friendly flats
By VICTOR FISHER / 28 Jun, 2018

In a recent survey conducted by social researchers Ipsos, Housing was revealed as the fastest growing issue of the top five issues concerning Australians.

Who are Australia’s homeless?

The topic of Homelessness is one of the most frequently raised during our briefings to councils and communities across the country. On March 14th, the ABS released ‘Estimating Homelessness‘. This eagerly...

Greenfield Futures

.id was recently commissioned to undertake a study looking at greenfield developments to better understand the likely demographic composition as these estates become fully developed and begin to age. The...

Who said you should look out further? The shift to established areas
By .id archive / 09 Jan, 2018

Famously labelled by Australian artist Courtney Barnett, ‘Depreston’ echoes the sentiment of a larger issue plaguing the wider metropolitan area of Melbourne. Barnett sings of the juxtaposition of an area...

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