AHURI Research Webinar Series

New housing supply in Australia – a 10 year analysis

Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 11:00am (AEST)

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Almost 1.5 million new homes were built in Australian in the 10 years from 2006 to 2016 but the growth of housing stock in each state and territory was uneven, ranging from 26 per cent in Western Australia to just 12 per cent in New South Wales. Over this period, housing supply varied in mainland capital cities – some delivering more housing in inner areas (Sydney, Melbourne) while others have seen housing concentrated in outer areas (Adelaide, Perth).

This free webinar presented the findings from a new AHURI research project — The uneven distribution of housing supply 2006–2016 — led by Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University. This study examines the quantity, composition and distribution of new housing supply across Australia between 2006 and 2016, and seeks to explain variations in local rates of production.

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

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn about:

  • The patterns of new housing supply across Australia including growth rates in states and territories, cities and local government areas.
  • An analysis of some of the reasons for supply patterns and an overview of the change in dwelling stock by type (number of bedrooms).
  • The role that government is able to play in supporting residential development within established and new communities.


Steven RowleyProfessor Steven Rowley, Curtin University

Professor Steven Rowley is Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s Curtin Research Centre. Steven has been active in the areas of affordable housing and housing affordability for the last 20 years covering both the UK and Australia. He has delivered research for numerous organisations including the UK government, Irish Government, European Union, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Department of Housing, WACOSS and, of course, AHURI.

Steven is currently undertaking research in areas including urban regulation; housing affordability; subsidised private rental housing; land supply, and housing need. He has published widely in the fields of economics, planning and housing and teaches property development to final year undergraduates. Steven is a member of the WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group and Property Education Foundation


Connie KirkConnie Kirk

Connie Kirk’s property and urban development experience spans 25 years. Most recently as the National Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Connie represented over 2,500 companies in advocating for cohesive infrastructure development, better linked population growth and industry job creation, and the development of vibrant communities that improve the liveability and affordability for all Australians. In the next quarter Connie will be reviewing projects for the Housing and Property Group of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, Environment (DPIE) as Executive Director.

Connie has worked at State and Federal Government level to initiate reforms, notably previously with NSW DPIE and with the Federal Department of Finance as part of the senior advisory team to support the major reforms of the Howard era which included tax reform and outsourcing the management of Australia’s largest property portfolio to the private sector.

Connie’s experience also includes leadership roles with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, leading law firm BDW (now Ashurst) , global property realtor, Jones Lang LaSalle, as well as Council and board appointment including the Scottish Business Network of Australia, European Australian Business Council and the UTS Graduate Business School MBA Network.


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.