Sustainable as a basis of affordable? Understanding the affordability 'crisis' in Australian housing

MacKillop, Fionn (2013) Sustainable as a basis of affordable? Understanding the affordability 'crisis' in Australian housing. Australian Planner, 50 (1). pp. 2-12. ISSN 0729-3682


There is much talk of a housing affordability crisis in Australia, accompanied by a sense of a lack of sustainability of the current stock and new buildings. I discuss the notions of housing affordability and sustainability in the current Australian context, to explain why indeed there is an affordability problem and how it is connected to that of sustainability. I then consider how this situation has come about, and what directions could be taken in addressing it. It emerges that the crucial point is the need for a cultural change in terms of expectations and approaches in achieving affordability and sustainability.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Copyright Planning Institute Australia. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to Publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 02:38
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 05:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable housing; affordable housing; public housing; housing crisis; Australia
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120503 Housing Markets, Development, Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910211 Supply and Demand
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2012.688839

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