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Why the ‘Disrupting the housing market’ Conference is coming to Hobart

Hobart is becoming the epicenter for disruptive technology affecting the housing market

4 October 2018

In many ways, Hobart is becoming the epicenter for what is happening with disruptive technology and the housing market in cities and regions across Australia.

With the spread of ‘disruptive’ short stay rental sites, such as AirBnB and Stayz, the rental housing market in tourist-focused cities such as Hobart in Tasmania has declined dramatically. In April this year one Tasmanian property owner, who had previously rented out self-contained units at a weekly rate of $290, revealed that using AirBnB he can get between $125 and $175 a night for each unit.  One result of this disruption is that Hobart saw a 21 per cent increase in homelessness over the five years to 2016.

The AHURI national one-day Conference, ‘Disrupting the housing market’, being held on Tuesday 4 December 2018 in Hobart, will look at how these emerging technologies are changing the way housing business is being done. For of course, not all disruption is ‘bad’, these technologies can create real opportunities and benefits for governments, housing providers and consumers.

One example identified in research is that individuals who receive support from multiple agencies, such as housing support and alcohol and drug addiction support, are often required to provide the same information to up to ten different case managers in different support organisations. The implementation of a ‘disruptive’ technology could allow them to authorise their social housing provider to pass on their information to the other support agencies in a regulated secure environment.

Another ‘disruption is that as the sharing economy is very much a bottom-up, user-centred process, inclusive technologies can build on the interactions established between users (a.k.a citizens) and ‘creators’ to provide valuable accurate information for everyone from planners of government infrastructure and commercial enterprises to not-for-profit housing providers and those delivering public transport.

Register for the Conference by 14 October to receive the early bird discount.