Homeground Disadvantage

Australia has a big problem when it comes to housing affordability.

Homeground Disadvantage

The commentators agree: Australia has a big problem when it comes to housing affordability. By 2025, as many as 1.7 million Australian households will not have the capacity to pursue home ownership, or rent without government assistance*.

But on the broader, associated issues, debate rages. Does our housing situation constitute an affordability crisis? What’s causing it? And most importantly, what should we be doing about it?

In this canon-challenging presentation, a leading University of Adelaide researcher will put it all on the table. He’ll analyse: what’s really happening here; how it compares to other developed countries; what the past can teach us; and what a more equitable and efficient future housing system could look like.

We hope you’ll join us.

*Modelling housing need in Australia to 2025, 2017, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

The Presenter


Professor Chris Leishman is Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide, and a Professor of Housing Economics. He also directs the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute's Adelaide Research Centre.

Special guests for panel discussion

Associate Professor Emma Baker leads the Healthy Cities Research Group at the University of Adelaide. A geographer by training, her research is focused on the role of housing and residential location in improving health and wellbeing.

Dr Lyrian Daniel is a University Research Fellow in the Healthy Cities Research Group at the University of Adelaide. With a background in architectural science, her PhD research sought to understand the thermal behaviours and preferences of households living in low-energy dwellings.

Michael Lennon is Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia, a leading national not-for-profit, community housing provider, with significant property and property management interests in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and now New South Wales.

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Does our housing situation constitute an affordability crisis?