New publication by Andrew Beer

Abstract: Precariously placed: housing affordability, quality and satisfaction of Australians with disabilities

Access to adequate, safe, secure, accessible and affordable housing is a fundamental human right and one stipulated in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Australian adults with disabilities experience housing disadvantage including homelessness, poor-quality housing and housing unaffordability; however, we lack a comprehensive comparison of the housing circumstances of people with and without disabilities and differences by impairment type. We analysed data from a nationally representative sample of 11,394 working-aged Australians collected in 2011. We found that people with disabilities experienced disadvantage across all housing indicators, and people with intellectual and psychological disabilities fared worst. These findings suggest that there is a housing crisis for Australians with disabilities, which may intensify with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. There is a need to develop long-term housing solutions that promote independence, are accessible and affordable, and that consider location and neighbourhood context.


Aitken Z, Baker E, Badland H, Mason K, Bentley R, Beer A & Kavanagh A. Precariously placed: Housing affordability, quality and satisfaction of Australians with disabilities. Disability & Society. 2018 22 Dec.

A report on the Local Government and Housing Linkage Project national survey: Sydney Metropolitan results

This survey is part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project investigating the role of local government in housing Australians in the 21st Century.

It is the second report drawing on an Australia- wide survey of local governments and housing. Our first report, ‘A Report on the Local Government and Housing Linkage Project National Survey’, had a nation-wide focus.

This report compares the responses of councils in Sydney (17 Sydney councils responded to the survey) to the response of councils in the rest of New South Wales and the rest of Australia. Overall, 213 local governments in Australia completed the survey – representing about 40 per cent of all local governments in Australia. The majority of Sydney-based respondents agreed that housing affordability is a huge issue and a high priority for their councils.

Read the report here.

New Publication by Alan Morris

This study analyses the super-gentrification of Millers Point, an inner-city area in Sydney, Australia, and the displacement of its 465 public housing tenants. Drawing on in-depth interviews with public housing tenants and homeowners, media reports and government media releases, it argues that a key reason for the displacement was the super-gentrification of the area that was hastened dramatically by the Barangaroo development, a massive urban spectacle on the site of the old port adjacent to Millers Point. Unlike the earlier analyses of super-gentrification described by Lees and Butler where an already gentrified area is settled by super wealthy households over a period of time, the shift to super-gentrification status in Millers Point did not involve households moving into an area already gentrified. Rather, the process was premised on the Barangaroo development and the displacement of public housing tenants. The displacement meant that the heritage-listed public housing dwelling were now available for purchase by exceptionally wealthy households.

Alan Morris (2018): ‘Super-gentrification’ triumphs: gentrification and the displacement of public housing tenants in Sydney’s inner-city, Housing Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1515894


The capacity of local governments to provide affordable housing

Alan Morris and Catherine Davis have published an article in The Conversation discussing some of the key findings from our national survey. Read the article here.

The financialisation of housing and the housing crisis in Sydney

An article by Professor Alan Morris published in the Summer 2018 issue of Housing Finance International. Read the entire issue here.

Survey report cover Housing Locally: A report on the Local Government and Housing Linkage Project national survey

Survey report cover

Local Government and Housing in Australia for the 21st Century ARC Linkage Project investigators are pleased to release this substantial report which presents the outcomes of an online survey of local governments across Australia into their attitudes, programs, policies and actions with respect to housing. The survey was undertaken as part of the three-year project in which a number of local governments and their representatives are active participants.

The investigators would like to thank those who helped us in the production of this report, especially our industry partners who provided invaluable feedback on the nature and targeting of our survey. The results presented in this report would never have come to light without the input of local government staff across Australia who took the time to complete this survey. We owe all our respondents a considerable debt of gratitude.

Read the report here

Youth and Gendered Homelessness in Rural and Regional Australia

Presentation to the Rural Women’s Homelessness Roundtable by Prof Andrew Beer. Available here

Discussion Paper: Enabling Affordable Housing in Local Government Areas

‘This Discussion Paper is a step in the journey of developing new housing strategies and outlines 42 Initiatives grouped into 9 key areas that Councils might consider as ways to facilitate affordable housing supply locally.’

The Discussion Paper is available here.

Andrew Beer’s presentation to the National General Assembly of Local Government

Andrew Beer’s presentation to the National General Assembly (NGA) of Local Government, National Convention Centre, Canberra, on 19 June 2018.

Local Government and Housing in Australia: Delivering for Local Communities

Affordable Housing Local Solutions Forum

Bellingen and Nambucca Affordable Housing Action Group

Researchers involved with the ARC Linkage Project ‘Local Government and Housing for Australian in the 21st Century’ were invited by the Bellingen and Nambucca Affordable Housing Action Group, to attend the Affordable Housing Local Solutions Forum. Chief Investigator John Martin and PhD Student Laura Hodgson made the journey to Bellingen, New South Wales, after the Mooney Valley Workshop held earlier in the week. The forum was held over the 3rd and 4th of May and was attended by local government council members and staff, representatives of various organisations, researchers and members of the public. Over 120 people had registered for attendance over the two days, surpassing the Action Group’s expectation of 50 attendees! The attendance itself showed the interest in and importance of affordable housing in the area.

Highlights of the forum included:

  • Keynote addresses by our own John Martin, accompanied by Karen Walsh – CEO of NSW Shelter, Rebecca Jardim – Senior Strategic Planner at Bellingen, Gary White – NSW Chief Planner.
  • CEO of Common Equity Ltd, James Brown presenting on modern co-operative housing solutions, which preceded a panel discussion on forms of co-operative housing. This was of great interest to the community which has an existing housing co-operative.
  • Other sessions included financing affordable housing projects and innovative local housing solutions.
  • There were two closed sessions: one for local government, which was facilitated by John Martin and Gary White and focussed on the role of Councils; and another session that was for housing industry professionals, including developers, architects, engineers and real estate agents in addition to some local government staff.
  • Fundraising dinner with keynote speakers Dr Louise Crabtree – University of Western Sydney and Dr Ben Spies-Butcher – Macquarie University.

Key themes which repeated throughout the forum was the desire for Bellingen and Nambucca to have a plentiful supply of fit for purpose, affordable and sustainable housing – suitable for young people, families and those who choose to retire and relocate to the region from the city. Bellingen also relies heavily on tourism, therefore both council and the community were interested in understanding the extent and use of platforms such as Airbnb and how they can contribute to the local economy and housing.

Laura will be using the Bellingen Shire as one of the case studies for the project.

Laura and John would like to thank the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre who organised the forum and assisted in accommodation costs. Materials from the forums will be available shortly on the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre website.