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11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

The 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey covers 378 metropolitan markets – including 86 major metropolitan markets with a population of more than 1 million – in nine countries (Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States).

According to the survey, which assesses housing affordability by dividing median house prices by gross annual median household income (known as the 'Median Multiple'), the most affordable major metropolitan markets in 2014 were in the United States, which had a moderately unaffordable rating of 3.6.

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WA Regional HotSpots Land Supply Update 2015

WA Regional HotSpots Land Supply Update 2015 – Bunbury and Newman & Tom Price

Prepared as part of the Urban Development Program, the Regional HotSpots series sets out to assess land for future residential, industrial and commercial uses and identifies the planning and infrastructure requirements needed to meet demand across selected regional centres in Western Australia.

The Bunbury and Newman & Tom Price reports include information on:

The Costs of Commuting: An Analysis of Potential Commuter Savings

The Costs of Commuting: An Analysis of Potential Commuter Savings

This report estimates the potential savings that Australian and New Zealand commuters can achieve if they decide to use public transport rather than a private vehicle to commute to work. These estimates are based on the potential savings commuters can achieve in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Canberra as well as Auckland and Wellington.

After identifying the potential costs to commute by car in Australian and New Zealand cities, this report uses two scenarios to examine potential commuter savings. The first scenario estimates the potential savings that can be made from leaving the car at home and using public transport to commute to work. The second scenario estimates the potential savings that can be made by selling the car (similarly, choosing not to buy an additional car) and using public transport to commute to work.

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INTENSIFYING MELBOURNE: Transit-Oriented Urban Design for Resilient Urban Futures

The 'Intensifying Places' project developed and tested a range of urban design frameworks and visions for urban intensification in Melbourne. The focus was on transit-oriented development, design quality and design issues at the interface between intensified places and surrounding suburban neighbourhoods.

The project also investigated the forms of governance most suited to effective implementation of transit-oriented development to achieve community acceptance and quality outcomes. A series of case studies covering various types and scales of activity centre was investigated using design research approaches.

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Delivering Directions 2031 – Report Card 2014

The Delivering Directions Report Card provides a progress report to inform the West Australian Government and the broader community about the effectiveness of state and local government and the development industry to deliver a metropolitan-wide program of planning and development initiatives to achieve the outcomes sought by Directions 2031.

The 2014 Report Card is the third snapshot of the progress of a program of planning and development initiatives being delivered by the state and local governments. The report cards follow the release of the government's strategic plan for the Perth and Peel regions – Directions 2031 and beyond – in August 2010.

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Progress in Australian Regions: Yearbook 2014

For the first time, the Progress in Australian Regions: Yearbook 2014 brings together information about Australia's regions from a range of different sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time.

The Yearbook provides a statistical resource that can help answer the question of how the nation's regions are progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators enabling governments, private investors and the community to identify trends that are important for policy development and investment decisions.

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Western Australia - Land Supply and Housing Activity – September Quarter 2014

The Western Australian Land Supply and Housing Activity bulletins bring together various measures and indicators that enable policy makers to understand the supply and demand factors of the land and housing market.

The bulletins cover measures of housing finance, dwelling construction, lot sale prices and volumes, rental vacancy rates, and the full range of measures in the land subdivision process – including conditional and final lot approvals, and the developer's stock of lots with current conditional approval.

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'What Perth Wants' – Community attitudes towards housing choice and future development

This research was commissioned by the Conservation Council of Western Australia and multi-residential property developer Psaros – working in partnership with the Property Council of Australia – to understand community attitudes towards housing choice and the future development of Perth city and its surrounds. 

A total of 542 respondents living within a 10-kilometre range of the Perth CBD, including its inner urban suburbs, participated in an online research panel for the quantitative research stage. This was followed by a qualitative research stage involving focus groups selected from within the group of research panel respondents. The research was undertaken by social research provider Ipsos during June and July 2014.

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Changes in the supply of affordable housing in the private rental sector for lower income households, 2006–11

Almost one in four Australian households rent their housing in the private rental sector including many lower income households. Government housing policies increasingly rely on the private sector rather than social housing to accommodate these households and offer various forms of assistance to lower income households to assist them to access and remain in the sector.

The scheme that affects the greatest number of lower income private renters is the Australian Government's Rent Assistance scheme with an annual budget of $3.6 billion (2012–13) but state and territory governments also offer schemes to provide financial and other types of assistance, such as loans to pay bonds and various rent support schemes. For these initiatives to be successful requires an adequate supply of affordable rental dwellings for lower income households.

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