AHURI Research Webinar Series

Pandemic policy responses for Australia's housing market

Thursday 10 December at 11am (AEDT)

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This study responds to the urgent housing research and policy questions that arose as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early predictions included employment loss of up to 25 per cent. Fortunately, it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 has been somewhat mitigated, aided by Australian Government interventions. However, the job losses and potential future job losses that COVID-19 has caused are concentrated in public-facing industries and has the potential to disproportionately impact specific groups of individuals and households.

This free webinar will present findings from a new AHURI research project — Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy responses — led by Prof Chris Leishman, University of Adelaide. The overall aim of the project was to undertake a rapid redevelopment of economic and housing system modelling approaches previously funded by AHURI in order to provide deep policy insights to a range of COVID-19 interventions

The webinar included a research presentation, followed by a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham and audience Q&A.

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn about:

  • The extent to which the phasing of income support is well-timed in terms of Australia’s economic recovery
  • The balance between withdrawing supports as the economy recovers, and withdrawing supports to pressure individuals back into the labour market
  • The design of the current interventions in terms of targeting the right individuals and households


Chris LeishmanProf Chris Leishman, University of Adelaide

Professor Chris Leishman is the Director of the University of Adelaide AHURI Research Centre. During 2020 he led the ongoing AHURI Inquiry into Population and Agglomeration, and ‘Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy’. He contributed to several other AHURI funded projects including ‘Responding to the pandemic: can building homes rebuild Australia?’ and ‘The uneven distribution of new housing supply, 2006-2016’. Chris is a housing economist whose work focuses on the impacts of housing supply on housing affordability. He also specialises in the analysis of individual and household behaviour in relation to housing and labour markets, and on understanding the behaviour of housing developers and the development industry. He is a frequent commentator on housing related issues, but particularly on the linkages between housing and economic outcomes.


Michael FotheringhamDr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI (facilitator)

Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including housing and homelessness, public health, urban and community services planning. After joining the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2014, he was appointed Executive Director in 2017 and is now responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Institute and leading the development of a contemporary and policy relevant evidence-base on housing, homelessness and urban issues.

Michael has expertise in building research programs and policy agendas with not-for-profit, government and academic organisations. He currently serves on a variety of expert advisory panels including the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Reference Group, the Housing Supply Expert Panel, the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, The Urban Futures and Sustainable Living Expert Research Advisory Group, and the Homes for Homes Housing Advisory Group.