The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset

About the project

We don't know enough about the condition of Australia’s housing. In the nearly two decades since the last Australian Housing Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics there have been significant changes in the housing system. The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset (AHCD) responds to a pressing need for a reliable and up-to-date housing conditions data infrastructure. The AHCD and research protocols are accessible through the Australian Data Archive.

The AHCD provides:

  • An infrastructure of tools, data, and protocols for Australian researchers and policymakers;
  • A foundation for evidence-informed research on Australia's housing conditions; and
  • Essential evidence required to address the real and chronic housing needs of vulnerable Australians, and maximise social and economic participation in society.

The project was funded by the Australian Research Council (LE160100056) and The University of Adelaide, in partnership with The University of South Australia, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of New South Wales, and led by Professor Emma Baker at The University of Adelaide.

For details of survey methodology, questionnaire design, response rates and frequencies, please view The Australian Housing Conditions Data Infrastructure: Technical Report.

  • New Project: An Australian Rental Housing Conditions Data Infrastructure

    Though the rental sector is home to almost one third of all Australians, we have no large-scale data, current infrastructure to monitor and understand it. The project will provide researchers and policy stakeholders with the essential data infrastructure on Australia’s rental housing conditions.

    Rental is Australia’s emerging tenure. Each year the proportion of Australians who rent increases, many of us will rent for life, and for the first time in generations there are now more renters than home owners.

    Researchers and policy-makers know very little about conditions in the growing rental market because there is currently no systematic or reliable data infrastructure on Australia’s rental housing sector.

    This data infrastructure will provide the knowledge base for national and international research and allow better urban, economic and social policy development.

    Building on The Australian Housing Conditions Dataset, in 2019 we will collect data on the housing conditions of 15,000 rental households, covering all Australian states and territories.

    Research team:

     The University of Adelaide

    • Professor Emma Baker
    • Dr Lyrian Daniel

    The University of South Australia

    • Professor Andrew Beer 
    • Professor Michelle Baddeley
    • Dr Anthony Lockwood

    The University of Melbourne

    • Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley 

    Swinburne University of Technology

    • Associate Professor Wendy Stone 
    • Dr Christian Nygaard
    • Professor Kathleen Hulse 

    Curtin University

    • Associate Professor Steven Rowley

    Western Sydney University

    • Professor Kerry London