Housing Affordability | Dr Adam Crowe and Ryan Brierty

With rising interest rates, dwindling housing supply and a rental market in crisis, what is happening to Australian housing affordability, and is there any relief in sight?

In this episode, David Karsten is joined by researchers Dr Adam Crowe and Ryan Brierty to discuss their new report on housing affordability in Western Australia in 2023 and what we can expect from the housing market in the future. 

Renters face increasing “deposit hurdle” [03:10]

WA’s social housing deficit [06:23]

Intergenerational impact on housing [10:16]

The perfect storm: ‘Homebuilder’ scheme and COVID-19[17:52]

Reforming tenants’ rights [24:46] 

Moving away from ‘detached dwellings’ [28:02]

Resources to help with cost of living [36:53]

Learn more

Read the report: ‘Housing Affordability in Western Australia 2023’

Find out more about the BankWest Curtin Economics Centre

Responding to the pandemic, can building homes rebuild Australia?

Australia's Covid-19 housing policy responses

Not-for-profit housing assistance services:

Circle Green Legal: https://circlegreen.org.au/

St Barts: https://stbarts.org.au/

St Pats: https://stpats.com.au/housing/

Uniting: https://unitingwa.org.au/

RUAH: https://www.ruah.org.au/need-help/

Government services:

Crisis Care

WA Government renting assistance programs and service


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Dr Adam Crowe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AHURI (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute), Curtin University

Adam Crowe is currently completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the AHURI – Curtin Research Centre. His research examines innovative ways to improve tenure security within the private rental sector, with a focus on tenant experiences and outcomes, policy innovation, and Build-to-Rent as an emerging asset class touted to increase rental supply. 

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Ryan Brierty, PhD student, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Curtin University

Ryan is a property economics tutor and research assistant at Curtin University. He co-authored the report ‘Housing affordability in Western Australia 2023: Building for the future’. He is currently completing a PhD at Curtin, centred on housing economics. 

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Behind the scenes

Host: David Karsten

Content creator: Anne Griffin-Appadoo

Producer and recordist: Emilia Jolakoska

Editor: Karen Green

Executive producers: Anita Shore and Jarrad Long

First Nations Acknowledgement

Curtin University acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which Curtin Perth is located, the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation, and on Curtin Kalgoorlie, the Wongutha people of the North-Eastern Goldfields; and the First Nations peoples on all Curtin locations.


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