With government policies and election promises seeking to promote downsizing amongst older Australians, it is important to understand just what it entails. Downsizing is the process by which a household moves from one dwelling to another that may be either smaller in size or of lower value, or both. The concept of downsizing is usually applied to older Australians when they move prior to or during their retirement.
Commonwealth and state/territory support for home buyers takes a number of different forms; however, government support has long term public benefits when it focusses on increasing the number of dwellings in the community.
As part of their policies’ platform for the 2022 Federal election, the Australian Labor Party has announced a shared equity scheme, capped at 10,000 households, where the Commonwealth Government would partner with eligible lower to mid income home buyers to buy between 30 and 40 per cent of the to-be-bought property.
Recent AHURI research identifies asset management ‘as a whole-of-life process underpinned by a strategic plan with clearly defined objectives and performance measures’. This AHURI Brief aims to improve our understanding of asset management practices in Australia.
This Brief investigates urban policies that have used place-based approaches with liveability, community wellbeing and healthy places as stated objectives, and reinforce the role of active community engagement.