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Report 28th July 2022

How many in a crowd? Assessing overcrowding measures in Australian housing

Michael Dockery, Megan Moskos, Linda Isherwood, Mark Harris

This study assess the measurement of overcrowding in Australia and explores the relationships between various household density measures and the wellbeing of occupants. Indicators of the incidence or severity of household crowding in Australia actually measure occupant density—the ratio of occupants to available space—rather than crowding, which relates to a psychological response to the sense of excessive density. How overcrowding is defined and measured has important implications for funding requirements, the appropriate mix of housing stock given household structures and rules for allocating families to public and community housing.

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Report 7th July 2022

Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review

Hal Pawson, Chris Martin, Julie Lawson, Stephen Whelan, Fatemeh Aminpour

This research reviewed first homebuyer (FHB) assistance programs in Australia and seven comparator countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK. It considered to what degree such assistance are effective in expanding access to home ownership to those whose entry would be otherwise delayed or impossible, or in making more affordable and less risky the cost of home ownership.

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Report 29th June 2022

Accommodating adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs in Individual Supported Living arrangements

Stian Thoresen, Patricia O’Brien, Mary-Ann O’Donovan, Brontë Walter, Arne Mueller, Greta Westermann, Erin Whittle, Angus Buchanan

This research investigated Individual Supported Living (ISL) arrangements for persons with intellectual disabilities and high support needs. ISL arrangements have been developed to provide appropriate and preferred homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including persons with high and very high support needs.

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