Housing aspirations of new settlers to Australia
Report for the National Housing Supply Council’s State of Supply Report
Given current concerns over skills shortages, there may be an increased need for migration in the short term in order to meet labour market needs and therefore an associated need to take into account the housing characteristics of migrants in planning for housing requirements overall. This is particularly the case if the size of Australia’s migration program changes rapidly over time, as has been the case over the past decade.
This report, commissioned by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities prior to the appointment of the current National Housing Supply Council, analyses the impacts of migration on underlying demand for housing. It shows that the housing characteristics of migrants do differ from those of the Australian-born population. These characteristics also change over time, particularly in the first few years after arrival, and continue to add to housing demand after the initial year.
The report is structured as follows:
- Executive summary
- Surveys assessed
- Snapshot of migrants to Australia: housing tenure status, income/work characteristics
- Housing preferences of migrants
- Housing characteristics by visa stream
- Comparisons and forecasts
For further information, please visit NHSC website.